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File #: 2015-0177    Version:
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 5/4/2015 In control: Budget and Fiscal Management Committee
On agenda: Final action: 7/20/2015
Enactment date: 7/23/2015 Enactment #: 18088
Title: AN ORDINANCE providing for the submission to the qualified electors of King County at a special election to be held in King County on November 3, 2015, a proposition authorizing a property tax levy in excess of the levy limitations contained in chapter 84.55 RCW for a consecutive six-year period at a first year rate of not more than 14 cents per one thousand dollars of assessed valuation, and limiting annual levy increases to three percent in the five succeeding years, all for the purpose of funding prevention and early intervention strategies to improve the health and well-being of children, youth and their communities.
Sponsors: Joe McDermott, Rod Dembowski
Indexes: Best Start for Kids (BSK), levy
Attachments: 1. Ordinance 18088.pdf, 2. 2015-0177 legislative review form.pdf, 3. 2015-0177 transmittal letter.docx, 4. 2015-0177 Best Starts for Kids Report to King County Council .docx, 5. 2015-0177 Best Starts for Kids Strategies.docx, 6. 2015-0177 Financial Plan.xlsx, 7. 2015-0177 Fiscal Note.xlsx, 8. 2015-0177_SR_052715.docx, 9. 2015-0177_SR_060315.docx, 10. 2015-0177_ATT5_REVISED BSK Financial Plan 2015_0521.xlsx, 11. 2015-0177_ATT7_VHSL MIDD BSK table.docx, 12. 2015-0177_SR_061015.docx, 13. 2015-0177_ATT5_Revised BSK Financial Plan 060515.xlsx, 14. 2015-0177_SR_BSK_062415.docx, 15. 2015-0177_ATT7_BSK_Levy.docx, 16. Kirkland_Letter_to_KCC_061915.pdf, 17. Handout_BSK_One_Cent_for_Hsg_Const_ for_06-24-15.docx, 18. 2015-0177_ATT9_SelectHsgProjCosts.docx, 19. 2015-0177_SR_BSK_070815.docx, 20. 2015-0177_SR_BSK_070815.docx, 21. 2015-0177_REVISED_SR_BSK_071315.docx, 22. 7-2015 SCA Letter of Support for BSK.pdf, 23. 18088 Amendment Package 7-20 & 7-22-15.pdf
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AN ORDINANCE providing for the submission to the qualified electors of King County at a special election to be held in King County on November 3, 2015, a proposition authorizing a property tax levy in excess of the levy limitations contained in chapter 84.55 RCW for a consecutive six-year period at a first year rate of not more than 14 cents per one thousand dollars of assessed valuation, and limiting annual levy increases to three percent in the five succeeding years, all for the purpose of funding prevention and early intervention strategies to improve the health and well-being of children, youth and their communities.
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STATEMENT OF FACTS:
1. Approximately twenty-five thousand children are born in King County every year. County residents under age eighteen comprise twenty-one percent of the county's population. Nearly half of people under age eighteen in King County are people of color.
2. Eighty-five percent of the human brain is developed by age three. According to early childhood development experts, basic skills necessary to be ready to learn in school and be successful as an adult, such as self-esteem, motivation, coordination, prioritization, management of incoming information, attention and distraction control, are developed by age five before children go to school.
3. A second significant time of brain development is adolescence. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, the parts of the brain responsible for controlling impulses and planning ahead, which are the hallmarks of successful adult behavior, mature during adolescence. Adolescence is also the critical period when young people learn to form safe and healthy relationships, and when many patterns of health-promoting or potentially health-damaging behaviors are established.
4. Although King County as a whole is a thriving, prosperous region, there is evidence that some of our children and youth are in danger of being left behind. The percentage of children f...

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