Chapter 2.132


2.132.010    Title.

2.132.020    Purpose.

2.132.030    Definitions.

2.132.040    Family-Wage Jobs Credit.

2.132.050    Administration.

2.132.060    Reconsideration.

2.132.070    Sunset.

2.132.010 Title.

This Chapter shall be officially cited as the Pierce County Family-Wage Jobs Credit Program. (Ord. 2018-51s § 1 (part), 2018)

2.132.020 Purpose.

The purpose of this Chapter is to encourage businesses to create new family-wage jobs in Pierce County by crediting certain charges and fees associated with establishing or expanding a business. (Ord. 2018-51s § 1 (part), 2018)

2.132.030 Definitions.

"Credit" means a monetary payment or reduction in present or future balance due to the Planning and Public Works Department.

"Department" means the Planning and Public Works Department.

"Director" means the Planning and Public Works Director.

"Eligible charges and fees" means monetary payments paid by the family-wage jobs credit applicant or the applicant's agent to Pierce County after December 31, 2016, for building permits, critical area review, traffic impact fees, sewer connection charges, and land use actions such as conditional permits and variances. Expressly excluded from the definition of eligible charges and fees are state building code charges and fees, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department charges and fees, fire inspection charges and fees, residential land use action charges and fees, and residential building permit or associated application charges and fees.

"Eligible employer" means an individual or entity that has created and filled at least five new family-wage jobs in unincorporated Pierce County after January 1, 2019, and has paid, or whose agent has paid, an eligible charge or fee to Pierce County.

"Family-wage job" means an ongoing employment relationship of indefinite duration in which an employee is compensated by an employer at a gross annualized rate, excluding employer-paid benefits such as health benefits and pension payments of any type, at or above 80 percent of the most recent calculation of Pierce County's median annual household income by the Washington State Office of Financial Management, which is $52,197 for calendar year 2019.

"New family-wage job" means a family-wage job that an employer did not advertise or fill in the previous calendar year that results in a net increase in employees employed by the employer in unincorporated Pierce County compared to the previous calendar year. (Ord. 2018-51s § 1 (part), 2018)

2.132.040 Family-Wage Jobs Credit.

Eligible employers may apply to the Department of Planning and Public Works for a credit in the amount of $275 per new family-wage job created in unincorporated Pierce County, up to the maximum allowed credit amount.

The maximum allowed credit amount is the total of eligible charges and fees paid to Pierce County by the eligible employer or the eligible employer's agent. Credit payments shall be subject to funds available from other sources appropriated for this purpose. Eligible employers may apply multiple times but may not receive credits exceeding the maximum allowed credit amount for each eligible family-wage job they created. (Ord. 2018-51s § 1 (part), 2018)

2.132.050 Administration.

The Planning and Public Works Department is responsible for administering this Chapter.

The Department must create and make publicly available a standard application that enables the Department to determine applicant eligibility for a credit under the provisions of this Chapter. The Department may require applicants provide Wage and Hour Reports (Form 5208) as submitted to the Washington State Employment Security Department, with social security numbers redacted, and may require applicants provide other information deemed necessary by the Department Director.

The Department must review applications for completeness prior to acceptance and no credit may issue without Department approval. Approved credits must be processed in a reasonably expeditious manner. (Ord. 2018-51s § 1 (part), 2018)

2.132.060 Reconsideration.

Within seven working days of the date of the Director's decision, aggrieved applicants may file with the Planning and Public Works Department a written request for reconsideration based on any one of the following grounds:

A.    Errors of procedure or misinterpretation of fact, material to the party seeking the request for reconsideration.

B.    Additional supporting information will demonstrate the applicant's eligibility for a credit under this Chapter.

Upon receipt of a request for reconsideration, the Planning and Public Works Director shall review said request considering the record and take such further action as is deemed proper including, but not limited to, requesting a response from another party, denying the request, granting the request, and may render a revised decision.

The result of the reconsideration is the final determination and may not be further appealed or contested. (Ord. 2018-51s § 1 (part), 2018)

2.132.070 Sunset.

The Department may not accept any applications for a credit utilizing the provisions of this Chapter after December 31, 2024. This Chapter shall sunset on December 31, 2025. (Ord. 2018-51s § 1 (part), 2018)