The Church Council of Greater Seattle supports the Veterans, Seniors, and Human Services Levy (Prop 1) that appears on King County ballots this November election.
The voter-approved Veterans and Human Services Levy has connected hundreds of thousands of King County’s veterans and vulnerable individuals with housing, employment, substance use treatment, and medical and mental health care. The Levy originally passed in November 2005 with the support of the Church Council, and was overwhelmingly renewed again in 2011. The current levy expires on December 31, 2017, but is up for renewal. The renewal would increase the county’s capacity to serve veterans and vulnerable populations, and add new services to help the region’s rapidly growing senior population.
The impact has already been impressive. Programs funded by the Levy serve 35,000 people each year. Annually, about 85% of clients in Levy-funded housing programs maintained their housing or exited to permanent housing (2012-2015). An average of 780 people were stabilized in programs each year. Since 2006, the Levy helped finance the development of 2,056 units of affordable housing.
The renewal of the Levy would increase the rate from five cents to 10 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value. For the owner of an average home in King County — currently about $450,000 — that would mean $45 per year, up from the current $22.50 per year. The renewed levy will continue to constantly evaluate each program to ensure it’s delivering the desired outcomes, and results will continue to be posted online to continue transparency and accountability.
You should have received your ballot in the mail already. Ballots must be postmarked by Tuesday, November 3, or returned to a ballot box by 8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 3rd. Accessible voting centers are also available. For more information on voting, visit the King County Elections website.