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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, February 26, 2015
Contact:
Barbara Burgener, TST Program Manager, 360-867-2092

Treatment Sales Tax Advisory Committee Applications
Applications are due by March 13

Olympia- Thurston County Board of County Commissioners are looking for County residents to serve on the Treatment Sales Tax Advisory Committee.

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" (TST), the County has been able to support diversion and intervention services to contain the growth of the jail population and maintain, create or enhance services for those who are mentally ill, chemically dependent or both. For services offered in 2010 through 2013, the county was able to realize a $41.2 million return on investment.

The newly formed seven member Committee will provide funding recommendations to the Board on the use of Treatment Sales Tax funding each year during the budget process. The recommendations will be based on strategic plans (Thurston Thrives, Law and Justice Strategies, etc.) and performance reviews of existing programs provided by Treatment Sales Tax staff. Members of the Advisory Committee shall be appointed by the Board for a staggered term of three years. The Advisory Committee shall be subject to the Open Public Meetings Act, chapter 42.30 RCW. Advisory Committee members, or their immediate family, will have no commitment, investment, obligation, or substantive involvement (financial or otherwise), in any agency contracting with, submitting any proposals to, or is expected to submit any proposals to the Treatment Sales Tax fund. 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.

Thurston County Commission Chair Cathy Wolfe says the committee members will be an important part of the decision process. "The programs funded by TST are vital to our community and those on the committee will help shape our response to mental health and substance abuse issues."

TREATMENT SALES TAX ADVISORY COMMITTEE

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Thurston County resident.
  • Have no interest in any organization receiving Treatment Sales Tax funds.
  • Can commit time to serve on this committee.
  • Are willing to learn about services for people with mental health and/or substance abuse issues.
  • Can understand strategic plans.


Community members are urged to apply and take this opportunity to participate in your local government. The application is posted at :

http://www.co.thurston.wa.us/treatment-tax/index.htm

Applications are due by Friday, March 13, 2015.

Barbara Burgener | TST Program Manager
Thurston County | Commissioners’ Office
2000 Lakeridge Dr SW | Olympia, WA 98502
PH 360-867-2092 |
burgenb@co.thurston.wa.us

County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3