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Posted on: November 30, 2023

Public comment sought on draft plan for Affordable Housing Tax

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The public is invited to comment on Pierce County’s draft Affordable Housing Tax Plan, which will determine how the tax is implemented across the county for the next six years.

The draft plan includes legislative information, analyses of existing resources and housing needs, how the money will be spent, funding priorities, and target goals.

The Pierce County Human Services Department will be considering public comments on the draft plan now through Dec. 15, 2023. The department’s report will be forwarded to the County Council for consideration on or before Dec. 1, 2023.

The public is invited to comment using this online form.

Background 
Tax collection started in July 2023. The impact to taxpayers in Pierce County is ten cents for every $100 spent, with groceries, medicine, certain medical supplies and hygiene products exempt from the tax. This tax is expected to generate approximately $20 million in revenue each year. State law requires income generated from this tax supports programs and projects for individuals at or below 60% of the area median income (AMI) and are: 

  • living with a behavioral health condition 
  • are veterans or senior citizens 
  • are currently, or at risk of, experiencing homelessness 
  • unaccompanied homeless youth or young adults 
  • families with children 
  • people with disabilities 
  • domestic violence survivors

To learn more about the affordable housing tax visit www.PierceCountyWa.gov/AHT.

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MEDIA CONTACT
Kari Moore, Public Information Specialist 
253-363-0325
[email protected]


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