The King County Council voted on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023 to send a $1.25 billion behavioral health levy to voters for consideration on an April special election ballot.

The proposal, which would raise funds through a property tax levy spread over nine years, would fund creation of five regional crisis care centers, the preservation and restoration of residential treatment beds, growth of the behavioral health workforce pipeline, and provide immediate services while centers are being constructed.

Officials say that in 2024, the levy will cost the owner of a median-valued home about $121.

With council approval via a unanimous 9-0 vote, the proposal will now appear on the April 25 special election ballot.

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One reply on “King County Council votes to send $1.25B Crisis Care Centers levy to voters for April election”

  1. There’s an old saying, “do something, even if it’s wrong!.” I’m not saying we are doing things wrong, but we need to look at what has worked and what hasn’t.

    We here in Burien have done a lot to help the homeless and the mentally ill, but more needs to be done. I’m going to stick my neck out and support this “Behavior Health levy” and hope everyone will look into this levy and support it. No one likes more taxes, but $120 a year isn’t bad and I am on a fixed income. This levy will help clean up our streets and dampen crime in the city and in our neighborhoods.

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