Consumers in Friday Harbor, North Bend, Pacific County, Seattle and Tonasket will see their sales tax rate increase on purchases starting Wednesday, April 1.
The sales tax rate in Pacific County and the cities of Ilwaco, Long Beach, Raymond and South Bend, will increase by one-tenth of one percent to a tax rate of 7.9 percent. That tax increase will be used to pay for chemical dependency and mental health services.
The sales tax rate in the city of Seattle will rise by one-tenth of one percent to help pay for transportation services in a new transportation benefit district. Consumers in the city will now pay a 9.6 percent sales tax.
The Department of Revenue is Washington state's primary tax administration agency, nationally recognized for innovation and service quality. Revenue collected more than $19.6 billion in tax revenues in fiscal year 2014. These funds go to support public schools, social services, health care, corrections, public safety and natural resources conservation.