WA: Marijuana Helping Local Cities Fund Children's Programs, Public Safety

Ron Strider

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With over half a million in marijuana tax revenue since 2014, Union Gap is closing out its second year of a First through Seventh grade summer camp, funded by a portion of the money.

The Union Gap City Council decided the best way to spend the marijuana money was to give it to youth programs to help teach them positive decision-making skills, said City Manager Arlene Fisher-Maurer.

"The council has taken a remarkable stand in using these marijuana taxes for youth and positive involvement," she said. "I'm proud the city has traveled that road of success for our children because our summer programs speak for themselves."

The council also used more than $100,000 of the money to contribute to a skate park built at Cahalan Park as well as putting a portion of it away each year to the parks reserve fund, which is used to buy playground equipment among other improvements.

Slower to the game, the city of Yakima has only received a couple thousand dollars since allowing the sale of marijuana last year, according to Interim Budget and Finance Director Tara Lewis.

But the city expects to get somewhere over $124,000 per year, which will likely fund public safety.

"Seventy percent of the budget goes to public safety, so we probably wouldn't have it earmarked to go there, but that is where it will probably get used," Lewis said. "That's the only place we're really growing in the budget."


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