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File #: 2020-0311    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Lapsed
File created: 9/29/2020 In control: Committee of the Whole
On agenda: Final action: 2/1/2021
Enactment date: Enactment #:
Title: AN ORDINANCE imposing an additional sales and use tax of one-tenth of one percent, as authorized in RCW 82.14.530, to fund affordable housing, housing-related services, the operations and maintenance costs of affordable housing and facilities where housing-related programs are provided, behavioral health-related facilities, newly constructed evaluation and treatment centers, and the operation, delivery or evaluation of behavioral health treatment programs and services; and providing for the use of the sales and use tax revenue for eligible expenditures; and adding a new chapter to K.C.C. Title 4A.
Sponsors: Joe McDermott, Jeanne Kohl-Welles
Indexes: Budget, Mental Health, Taxes
Code sections: 4A - .
Attachments: 1. 2020-0311 transmittal letter.pdf, 2. 2020-0311 fiscal note.xlsx, 3. 2020-0311 legislative review form
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AN ORDINANCE imposing an additional sales and use tax of one-tenth of one percent, as authorized in RCW 82.14.530, to fund affordable housing, housing-related services, the operations and maintenance costs of affordable housing and facilities where housing-related programs are provided, behavioral health-related facilities, newly constructed evaluation and treatment centers, and the operation, delivery or evaluation of behavioral health treatment programs and services; and providing for the use of the sales and use tax revenue for eligible expenditures; and adding a new chapter to K.C.C. Title 4A.
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PREAMBLE:
In December 2018, The King County regional affordable housing task force found that the region needs an additional 44,000 homes affordable for very low- and extremely low-income households over the next five years.
Additional funding is required to address the urgent need for affordable housing in King County.
In November 2015, King County declared a state of emergency to address the homelessness crisis.
Approximately 4,500 households receiving homeless services in King County are experiencing chronic homelessness.
Studies show that people experiencing chronic homelessness experience more negative physical health, lower behavioral health outcomes, and victimization.
Studies show the costs of permanent supportive housing for these households is far less than the crisis system costs from these households experiencing homelessness.
One-room settings, in particular permanent affordable housing with supportive services, are proven to improve health outcomes and housing stability and reduce crisis system use.
As of September 14, 2020, nearly 200,000 Americans had died from COVID-19.
Persons living in congregate shelters are particularly vulnerable to rapid spread of airborne disease like COVID-19 because persons living in congregate shelters are disproportionately persons of color, older than average, and experience higher rates of underlying health con...

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