Chapter 5.58


5.58.010    Purpose.

5.58.020    Definitions.

5.58.030    Family wage jobs credit.

5.58.040    Administration.

5.58.050    Sunset.

5.58.010 Purpose.

The purpose of this chapter is to encourage businesses to create new family wage jobs locally in Sumner by crediting certain charges and fees associated with constructing, establishing or expanding a business. (Ord. 2658 § 1 (Exh. A) (part), 2018)

5.58.020 Definitions.

“City” means the city of Sumner.

“Credit” means a monetary payment or reduction in present or future balance due to the development services department of the city.

“Eligible charges and fees” means monetary payments paid by the applicant or applicant’s agent to the city of Sumner after December 31, 2016, for building permits, critical area review, traffic impact fees, 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, Health Department charges and fees, fire inspection charges and fees, residential land use action charges and fees, and residential building permit or associated charges and fees.

“Eligible employer” means an individual or entity that has created and filled at least five new family wage jobs in the city of Sumner after January 1, 2019, and has paid, or whose agent has paid, an eligible charge or fee to the city of Sumner.

“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 the 2019 calendar year.

“Maximum allowed credit” means the total of eligible charges and fees paid to the city of Sumner by the eligible employer or the eligible employer’s agent.

“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 the city of Sumner compared to the previous calendar year. (Ord. 2788 § 5, 2021; Ord. 2658 § 1 (Exh. A) (part), 2018)

5.58.030 Family wage jobs credit.

Eligible employers may apply to the community development department for a credit in the amount of $275.00 per new family wage job created up to the maximum allowed credit. 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. 2658 § 1 (Exh. A) (part), 2018)

5.58.040 Administration.

The development services department is responsible for processing applications. The city may require applicants to provide Wage and Hour Reports (Form 5208) as submitted to the Washington State Employment Security Department, less social security numbers, or other information needed to process the application. Applications will be reviewed for completeness prior to acceptance. (Ord. 2788 § 6, 2021; Ord. 2658 § 1 (Exh. A) (part), 2018)

5.58.050 Sunset.

The city shall not consider applications filed after December 31, 2024, for a credit utilizing the provisions of this chapter. This chapter shall sunset on December 31, 2025. (Ord. 2658 § 1 (Exh. A) (part), 2018)