Kennewick's mayor wants to pursue tax-free zones as a part of the city's 2013 legislative agenda.
When Mayor Steve Young and the city council met with their lobbyist, Phil Watkins, on Tuesday to discuss their goals, the focus was on economic development.
At the meeting, Young said he would like to see a tax-free zone within the city's industrial areas to encourage job growth.
"It's all about creating jobs. If we can find an alternative to the lack of economic drivers in the state, we should seek it," he said.
Young said he would like to know more about the process of creating such a zone, and if creating one in Kennewick is possible.
Other items on the agenda include:
w Discussing the state and local share of liquor taxes.
w Extending the sales tax credit for public facility districts.
w Clarifying the conflict between state and federal law on medical marijuana use. The council voted 6-1 on June 5 to extend the delay on permitting marijuana gardens for 180 days because it did not want to violate federal law.
Watkins told the council the city should start preparing for the next legislative session immediately.
He said working on bills as early as June last year contributed to the Legislature successfully modifying the Urban Growth Management Act to allow the city to apply for additional industrial area south of Interstate 82 and Highway 395.
"The sooner, the better," he said.