December 15, 1997
Cities approve sending 3-year EMS levy to vote
SEATTLE--Five major King County cities approved putting a emergency medical services levy back on the ballot last week. The King County Council voted on the proposal this Monday, though results weren't available at press time. The City Councils of Seattle, Federal Way, Bellevue, Shoreline and Kent all approved placing a three-year $.29 per $1,000 of assessed property value levy on the county-wide Feb. 3 ballot. Approval by those cities was necessary to send the proposal to the county council.
The levy would collect $58 for a $200,000 home if approved by 60 percent of voters. The levy would pay for basic and advanced life support services through Medic One and other paramedics. It would take effect in 1999. The county budget will fund EMS with $8 million for the first six months of 1998.