July 23, 2012
NEW — 3:20 p.m. July 23, 2012
King County voters could decide next month to increase the property tax rate in order to prepare the criminal justice system for the decades ahead.
The ballot measure Proposition 1 asks voters to approve a $200 million property tax levy to fund a replacement for the aging Youth Services Center, a juvenile detention facility in Seattle.
“We have a fairly good court system. We have a good prosecution office. We have good sheriff’s deputies. But this facility is the leak in the pipeline,” King County Councilman Reagan Dunn said in a July 13 interview. “For criminal justice to work effectively — especially with the increase in crime we’re seeing right now — all aspects of that pipeline need to be operating effectively.”
Dunn is Newcastle’s representative on the council.