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Mount Vernon Downtown Association June Newsletter


Downtown Mount Vernon at a Turning Point



FEMA grants Mount Vernon floodplain request


From the Skagit Valley Herald: Downtown Mount Vernon is set to be removed from the 100-year floodplain in October, about a decade after work on a city flood protection project began.


The Federal Emergency Management Agency notified the city in a letter Thursday that it was taking the action, which will allow businesses and residences in the area to save money on flood protection and insurance.


“I think the city is at a turning point now,” Mayor Jill Boudreau said.


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MVDA announces Amanda McLaurin @ The Pop-Up


The MVDA is thrilled to announce our first guest entrepreneur at The Pop-Up: Amanda McLaurin Fiber Studio! Beginning July 1, the Studio will be open to the public Wednesday through Saturday, and offer Kids Camp on Tuesdays through the end of August. There will be drop-in crafting opportunities on Saturdays, and evening workshops most Thursdays. For more information and a calendar of events, check out Amanda's website.


Find out more about The Pop-Up.



MVDA Welcomes Returning Main Street Tax Incentive Partners


The MVDA would like to thank returning B&O Tax Credit Supporters WildFibers and Peoples Bank! Downtown business WildFibers has been a financial partner to the MVDA since 2018, and Peoples Bank since 2012.


WildFibers and Peoples Bank both take advantage of the Main Street Tax Credit Incentive Program (MSTCIP) in Washington state that allow businesses to keep their B&O tax dollars in the community where they do business, rather than sending them to Olympia for redistribution elsewhere.


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As of July 1st, ALL retailers will be required to collect and remit sales tax for items purchased by qualified nonresidents, due to legislation passed during the most recent session of the WA State Legislature. No more showing an out of state ID and not having to pay the sales tax on purchases. This will have a bigger impact to stores selling bigger-ticket items to travelers (jewelry, furniture, etc.).


Qualified Nonresident Locations:

Inside USA - Alaska, Colorado, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire, Oregon

Outside USA - American Samoa, Alberta, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Yukon Territory


Now those travelers must keep their receipts and apply for a refund from Washington state directly. They will only be able to get a refund on 6.5% of the taxpaid, the local sales tax portion is not refundable.


PLEASE VISIT THE DOR Link below for more information - we don't want business owners paying out of pocket on sales tax not collected!


Department of Revenue


Upcoming Events
Wellness Wednesdays on the Riverwalk Plaza - FREE lunch hour exercise class: Zumba with Riverside Health Club, June 26, 2019, 2019, 12:00-12:45pm



Riverwalk Concert Series kicks off Thursday, June 11, 2019, 6:00-8:00pm, Free.



Annual Sidewalk Sale, July 26 & 27, 10am-5pm both days!


Link to our Events Page


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