Voters in the cities of DuPont and University Place, the Steilacoom and Orting school districts, and King County are being asked to approve separate funding measures in a special election that ends April 25.
DuPont is seeking a renewal of its six-year emergency medical services (EMS) levy. Its first year was 1999, and it has been renewed every six years since then. If passed again, it would continue to add 50 cents to the property taxes of landowners in the city.
University Place is proposing for a second time a levy to pay for police. Narrowly defeated last November, it would cost property taxpayers less than $20 a month.
The school measures are back on the ballot for a second time after being rejected in a special election in February, when their yes-vote totals fell short of the required 60 percent majority.
Steilacoom School District’s bond proposal totals $116 million that would be spent for a new elementary school, a high school sports stadium, and other upgrades.
Orting’s $150 million bond proposal would pay for construction for new or expanded elementary schools, among other plans.
King County is asking voters to let it collect $1.2 billion from property taxes over nine years to pay for behavioral health services. The proposal would fund the creation of five regional crisis care centers, residential treatment beds, growth of the behavioral health workforce pipeline, and immediate services while centers are being built. The cost for the owner of a median-valued home would be about $121 in 2024, the first year of the levy, officials said.
Once ballots are mailed to voters by the their county election departments, voters will have until April 25 to mail them back or deposit them in official dropboxes.