Walla Walla commissioners to discuss mental health tax

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WALLA WALLA - A proposed sales tax increase to aid mental health services in Walla Walla County will be back up for discussion Monday.

County commissioners are scheduled to resume talks on the topic at their meeting, which begins at 9:30 a.m. at the county Public Health and Legislative Building, 314 W. Main St.

The discussion is among items to be considered at the start of Monday's meeting.

The proposed one-tenth of 1 percentage point increase would raise between $700,000 and $800,000 per year. The money would fund at least two psychiatric nurse practitioners and one substance abuse specialist at the county level.

Commissioners have been studying and taking comments on the proposal since it was brought forward early this year by county Human Services Director Daryl Daugs.

The commissioners have also requested Daugs to draw up a business plan for the proposed funding increase and conducted an online poll to gather more input.

Action on the item or possible direction to staff may follow the discussion.

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