If approved, the levy would cost the median-value homeowner around an estimated $121 a year over a nine-year period. The levy could raise as much as $1.25 billion through 2032 to fund construction of the five crisis care centers and increase services in the county.
In a memo (PDF) prepared on the proposal to inform Tuesday’s vote on the resolution in support of the levy, council staff says the existing Downtown Emergency Service Center is overburdened and that people experiencing a crisis often end up “either in the emergency room or booked into a jail for a minor crime, although what is needed is a safe place to meet basic needs and address the cause of the crisis.”
CHS reported here on King County Executive Dow Constantine’s proposal for an April ballot measure that would go into effect in 2024.
The April vote will be the second important ballot of the year for Seattle voters. In February, the city’s voters passed I-135, an initiative that will create a new public developer “to build, acquire, own, and manage social housing” in Seattle. D3 voters overwhelmingly supported the initiative.
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