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Behavioral Health ordinance fails

I am writing to let you know that Ordinance 2016-57s, the one tenth of one percent for behavioral health, did not pass. The vote was 4-3 and a supermajority of five was need to pass.  

This vote against the tax is unacceptable and I am mad. We have failed to care for some of our most vulnerable citizens and as a Council to make a tough but right decision. As a co-sponsor of this ordinance I had hoped the County would be able to begin tackling behavioral health in Pierce County.

I will continue to fight for this tax and as a Council we will regroup and figure out in the New Year how to prioritize behavioral health. This is not over.

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