LACEY CITY COUNCIL PASSES RESOLUTION OPPOSING INITIATIVE 1100 AND INITIATIVE 1105
LACEY, WA, September 28, 2010: At last Thursday’s regular scheduled city council meeting, the public was provided the opportunity to comment on Initiative 1100 (I-1100) and Initiative 1105 (I-1105)—both measures propose to privatize the distribution and sale of liquor within the State of Washington. Following the public comment period, the Lacey City Council passed Resolution 965 to oppose both I-1100 and I-1105.
Since state collected liquor profits and liquor excise taxes are shared with Washington cities, the Lacey Finance Department estimates a reduction in revenues if either initiative passes. I-1100 eliminates the collection of liquor excises taxes, which potentially reduces revenues normally received by the City by $300,000 annually. I-1105 proposes to remove both liquor profits and liquor excise taxes. As a result, Lacey would potentially experience a decrease in revenues by $500,000 annually, unless the Washington State Legislature replaces the lost revenue with a new taxing structure as recommended by the initiative.
Lacey City Councilmember Cynthia Pratt stated, “If these initiatives pass, they have the potential to remove $500,000 from the city’s general funds annually . . . At the same time, privatizing liquor most likely would increase the need for more law enforcement in the city.”
I-1100 and I-1105 will appear on the November 2, 2010, general election ballot.
- Scott Spence, Assistant City Manager, (360) 491-3214, firstname.lastname@example.org