Voters in Pierce County approved Proposition 1, a 0.1 percent sales tax increase, in November 2011 to fund the consolidation and collocation of 911 centers in the county, including the construction of a new public safety communications center (PSCC).
South Sound 911 is an interlocal agency and does not have the taxing authority to collect tax money nor the ability to issue debt. Pierce County collects the sales tax revenue and distributes it to South Sound 911 (less any debt for bonds) per the interlocal agreement. The collected sales tax serves as the “security or payment mechanism” for any bonds issued by the County on South Sound 911’s behalf. Even though South Sound 911 may use the tax revenue for other purposes (such as operations, radio access fee support, etc.), the first priority is the payment of any debt for radio capital and facility capital.