King County to host forum on proposed property tax levy

April 3, 2012

By Staff

Residents can learn more about a proposed $200 million property tax levy at a King County Council forum April 5.

In March, county leaders proposed the levy to fund a replacement for the aging Youth Services Center, a juvenile detention facility in Seattle.

The forum runs from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the Wyckoff Auditorium at Seattle University, 900 Broadway.

Residents can hear from the council members supporting the initiative and other speakers.

Led by Councilman Bob Ferguson, council members proposed to put a measure on the August ballot for a nine-year levy. If the levy is placed on the ballot and passed, homeowners should pay about 7 cents per $1,000 of assessed value, or about $20 per year for a home assessed at $350,000.

Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, the Issaquah representative on the board, joined Ferguson and councilmen Larry Gossett and Joe McDermott to introduce the legislation.

County Executive Dow Constantine and King County Superior Court judges also support the proposed levy.

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