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Proposition No. 1
Crisis Care Centers Levy

The King County Council passed Ordinance 19572 concerning funding for mental health and substance use disorder services.


If approved, this proposition would fund behavioral health services and capital facilities, including a countywide crisis care centers network, increased residential treatment; mobile crisis care; post-discharge stabilization; and workforce supports. It would authorize an additional nine-year property tax levy for collection beginning in 2024 at $0.145 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, with the 2024 levy amount being the base for calculating annual increases in 2025-2032 under chapter 84.55 RCW, and exempt eligible seniors, veterans, and disabled persons under RCW 84.36.381. Should this proposition be:



Proposition 1 would authorize an additional property tax levy to fund regional behavioral health services and capital facilities. The levy’s paramount purpose is establishing and operating five crisis care centers, which would include behavioral health urgent care clinics providing onsite assessment and triage services and capacity for onsite stabilization of persons experiencing behavioral health crises. At least one center would specialize in serving persons under the age of 19. The levy would also fund two supporting purposes: (1) restoring the number of mental health residential treatment beds in King County to at least 355 and expanding the availability of residential treatment; and (2) increasing the sustainability and representativeness of the behavioral health workforce. The levy could fund additional purposes subordinate to and consistent with the paramount and supporting purposes, if identified in its implementation plan. Other regional behavioral health services and capital facilities that achieve and maintain the levy’s purposes would also be eligible for levy funding.

The levy would have a duration of nine years beginning in 2024. The rate in the first year would be limited at $0.145 per one thousand dollars ($1,000) of the prior year’s assessed valuation. The dollar amount of the levy collected in the first year would be the base for computing annual increases for years 2025 – 2032 and would be limited by chapter 84.55 RCW. Qualifying seniors, veterans, and disabled persons would be eligible for exemption from the levy under RCW 84.36.381.


Proposition 1 would require an implementation plan and an advisory body.

This measure will build five regional behavioral health crisis centers, including one dedicated to youth. Funds will also recruit and retain critical staff to address mental health and substance use treatment needs for our growing population. While you can walk into an urgent care clinic to treat a broken bone, there isn’t a single behavioral health walk-in crisis care center in all of King County. Proposition 1 invests in the places we need for care, and the people who provide that care.


Currently, people in crisis wait an average of 44 days for treatment, often cycling through costly emergency rooms or jails without receiving needed care. Proposition 1 offers a more economical approach with proven results. That’s why law enforcement and first responders support this measure– agreeing that dedicated staff and treatment centers will help people into long term recovery, and restore their focus on urgent public safety needs.


Proposition 1 will cost the average homeowner around $10/ month, with low income exemptions available. Funds will be independently audited to ensure accountability.


Endorsed by: Executive Dow Constantine and County Council; Seattle Metropolitan Chamber; MLK Labor Council; SEIU 1199NW; Law Enforcement, Firefighters and First Responders; Mayors Countywide; District Democrats; more!


Submitted by: Girmay Zahilay, Dow Constantine, Dana Ralph,

Don’t fall for their trick! Politicians (Republicans and Democrats) are masters at manipulating us. Government spends existing taxes on pet projects and then forces us to vote for essential services. It’s a trick. And when we fall for it, politicians just do it again. But not this time!


Property taxes are skyrocketing now because of explosive valuation increases due to huge demand, limited supply. That’s why rent increases are skyrocketing and cost of housing is spiking. Prop 1’s $2000 tax increase (that’s the average) will only make that worse. Politicians are asking for this massive tax increase because it’s more than the law allows. Don’t fall for it!


If politicians believe this program is essential, they already have tons of taxes for it. Since 2012, government increased taxes 41 times costing taxpayers $62.3 billion ( That’s on top of highest sales tax in the nation (state/local), highest gas taxes, employee taxes, utility taxes, business taxes, and tons of fees. We’re taxed enough already! Besides, state and local governments got billions more in federal bailout money.


Voting no forces politicians to prioritize spending using existing revenue. But bailing them out only encourages politicians to keep trying to trick us. Vote no.


Submitted by: Jim Coombes, Suzie Burke, Tim Eyman,

Families, first responders, and people seeking recovery need access to fully staffed mental health and substance use treatment. This levy addresses urgent needs with cost effective solutions. Opponents mislead: only homes valued at $13.4 million would see a $2,000 increase, median homeowners will pay around $120 per year.

Voter-approved revenue limits require levies to expand services. That’s why businesses and advocates for mental health, youth, safe communities, and addiction recovery endorse Proposition 1.

Submitted by: Girmay Zahilay, Dow Constantine, Dana Ralph,

Absolutely false! This massive $2000 tax increase is not dedicated to anything. It’s a trick. Taxes, by definition, cannot be dedicated. Once the tax money starts flowing, they declare “an emergency” and it becomes just another government slush fund they can spend on anything. Don’t fall for it!


If politicians think it’s essential, they already have the money. They just need to prioritize spending for it using existing revenue (like every family does). Vote no.

Submitted by: Jim Coombes, Suzie Burke, Tim Eyman,

Simple majority (RCW 84.55.050)

For questions about this measure, contact: Dan Floyd, Deputy Director, Behavioral Health and Recovery Division, (206) 263-8961,

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