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October 15, 2020

King County moves ahead with sales tax for homeless housing

  • The state Legislature this year gave counties the authority to pass a 0.1% sales tax for affordable housing and behavioral health supports by council action.
  • SEATTLE (AP) — The Metropolitan King County Council voted Tuesday to implement a 0.1% sales tax to fund housing for people who have been chronically homeless, even after some cities in the county dropped out of the plan by quickly passing their own versions of the tax.

    On Monday evening, Bellevue passed its own 0.1% sales tax, bypassing the county's collection of the revenue for its homelessness plan, The Seattle Times reported. Bellevue joined North Bend and Maple Valley, which also voted to implement the tax Monday night, following votes in Renton, Kent, Issaquah, Covington and Snoqualmie to pass a solo tax.

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