Property tax levy on King County agenda
at 1:42pm by Alex Cnossen
Council members today are meeting to discuss a new property tax levy for King County, which would go before voters in November. The proposed hike would raise $56 million a year for six years, helping to offset the rising costs of the criminal justice system, KOMO reports. Currently, this eats up about three-quarters of King County’s $1.5 billion general fund budget.
King County Executive Dow Constantine is among the supporters of the the levy, claiming that it would spend now to save billions later. “You know, I’ve spent my whole political career addressing bad outcomes – jail, crime, mental health treatments, addiction services. Here, we see an opportunity to move way upstream. And invest in prevention.” The council’s meeting was set to begin at 1:30 p.m. but appears to be starting late.