King County homeowners now pay approximately 17 percent more property taxes in 2018 compared to 2017. The extra money pays for the state's public education fund. The tax will increase a little more for those residents from November. The city leaders will request its voters to give their approval for a little more increase for the city residents. Members of the City Council claims that basic education is funded by increases in the property taxes. The imposed higher tax will be regarded as a kind of extra investment to make sure that kids studying in any class from preschool standard to high school level have everything they need to succeed.
Rob Johnson and fellow council member Lorena Gonzalez have sponsored the measure. This states that the council desires to lift restrictions imposed on the regular property taxes. The reason for this is that the council can then impose a few additional taxes on property owners. Gonzalez and Johnson said voters should consider this important renewal effort prior to casting their vote. In 2014, both the council members made commitments to voters on the topic of expanding preschool.
Voters in Seattle gave their approval to a $58 million tax scheme in 2014, permitting kids from low-income families to attend preschool without paying any money. As per the city, the program since 2015 permitted free or affordable preschool to about 850 families. The city has now grown more ambitious. It aims to send hundreds of children more to preschool. It does not stop there. The office of Mayor Jenny Durkan is now trying to send students graduating from high school to the community college without payment of any fees. Seattle is combining the two expiring levies. It is putting this issue to be judged by the ballot box on November 6.
Gonzalez points out that the proposed new tax is just a slight increase of property tax which the people presently pays and have been doing so from 2011. The office of the Mayor said the amount, in reality, will be a maximum of five dollars every week for the Seattle homeowners. The problem with this whole proposal is that it comes at a time when many in the community is seeing red over the passage of the contentious employee tax in the third week of May. Residents claim that a number of city issues have been mismanaged.