The Pierce County Council unanimously voted to pass the Family-Wage Jobs Credit Program yesterday. Ordinance 2018-51s will provide a $275 rebate to employers who are making payments for construction fees and permits, and who have created at least five permanent jobs that pay at least $52,197 per year.

The program, which was developed days after the Seattle City Council voted to impose a $275 head tax on for-profit companies grossing more than $20 million, aims to increase economic activity and attract higher paying jobs to Pierce County.

“Pierce County continues to be an outstanding place to start and grow a business,” Council Vice-Chair Dan Roach said in a statement. “With this ordinance in place, we can highlight and incentivize all that our county continues to offer businesses.”

The program will go into effect on January 1, 2019 and sunsets at the end of 2025.