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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, December 4, 2017
Contact:
Carrie Hennen, TST Program Manager, (360)867-2092, or email at hennenc@co.thurston.wa.us 

Treatment Sales Tax Advisory Committee Applications
Applications are due by January 8, 2018

​OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Board of Commissioners is looking for County residents to serve on the Treatment Sales Tax Advisory Committee. The Treatment Sales Tax supports mental health and chemical dependency services, along with therapeutic courts.

The advisory committee consists of seven members who provide funding recommendations on the use of Treatment Sales Tax funding to the Board during the budget process.

Treatment Sales Tax Advisory Committee

Qualifications:

  • Thurston County resident
  • Have no current or recent (within one year) interest in any organization receiving Treatment Sales Tax funds
  • Can commit time (approximately 3-5 hours per month) to serve on this committee
  • Have no personal or immediate family member commitment, investment, obligation, or substantive involvement (financial or otherwise), in any agency contracting with, submitting proposals to, or expected to submit proposals to the Treatment Sales Tax fund 
     

The Board appoints members for staggered terms of two to three years. The Advisory Committee is subject to the Open Public Meetings Act.

Applicants must explain their background with mental health and substance use disorder treatment and the criminal justice system in the applications. Community members interested in this opportunity can apply at http://www.co.thurston.wa.us/treatment-tax/index.htm.

Applications must be received by 5pm on Monday, January 8, 2018.

Treatment Sales Tax

In 2008 the Thurston County Board of Commissioners passed a 1/10 of one-percent sales tax ordinance to increase funds for mental health and chemical dependency services and therapeutic courts. By enacting a Treatment Sales Tax, the County has be able to maintain, create, or enhance services to youth and adults with mental health and substance use disorders, with a special focus on individuals involved in or at risk of involvement in the criminal justice system. In 2017, the Treatment Sales Tax funded approximately $5 million to critical services in the community.

The TST Advisory Committee was formed in 2015 to provide funding recommendations to the Board on the use of Treatment Sales Tax funding during the budget process. A former Committee member may submit proposals to the Treatment Sales Tax fund only following a minimum of one full calendar year after the date of their official departure from the Committee.

For more information please contact Carrie Hennen, Treatment Sales Tax Program Manager, at (360)867-2092 or hennenc@co.thurston.wa.us.

Hennen can also be reached by mail at:
Carrie Hennen, Program Manager – Treatment Sales Tax
Thurston County Commissioners' Office
2000 Lakeridge Dr SW

Olympia, WA  98502

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County Commissioners:

John Hutchings

District 1

Gary Edwards

District 2

Bud Blake

District 3