On September 5th, the King County Council will again hear public testimony and discuss the allocation of the county's Lodging Tax. Will they choose a handout for wealthy sports team owners, or affordable housing for working families?
This time, we expect them to take a vote. That means we need to be there in force! The meeting starts at 9:30am, but arrive early to sign up for public comment.
Here's some background:
King County Executive Dow Constantine has proposed that $185 million in public funds from the Hotel/Motel Tax over the next two decades be used to upgrade Safeco Field, the Mariners’ stadium.
This revenue could be used instead to fund affordable housing and services for homeless youth. King County is in a severe affordable housing crisis, with unprecedented numbers of residents facing homelessness, housing insecurity, and displacement.
So far four councilmembers - Upthegrove, Kohl-Welles, Dembowski, and Gossett - have clearly stated their support for redirecting nearly all the funding proposed for Safeco Field to affordable housing. We're making progress, but we need at least five votes to change course!