Kitsap County Homeless Levy Increase (November 2011)

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A Kitsap County Homeless Levy Increase measure was on the November 8, 2011 ballot in Kitsap County.

This measure was defeated

  • YES 30,426 (40.23%)
  • NO 45,195 (59.77%)Defeatedd[1]

This measure sought to implement a levy at a rate of $.05 per $1,000 of assessed property value for a period of six years in order to help homeless persons in the county, including veterans. Advocates for veterans and homeless persons in the county had come to the commission noting that the needs of these groups was surpassing the resources which were available. If this had been approved, an advisory board would also have been created to track where the money goes and ensure it was being used for proper services. This money would have been separate from the Veterans Assistance Fund, which comes from the general county budget.[2]

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

The Kitsap County Board of Commissioners approved Resolution Nos. 123-2011 and 124-2011 concerning funding for veterans, health and human services. This proposition would fund capital facilities and services that reduce medical costs, homelessness and criminal justice system involvement, with half of the proceeds supporting veterans, military personnel and their families, and the other half supporting other families in need. It would authorize Kitsap County to increase its projected regular property tax levy rate of $1.10 by up to 5 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation, to $1.15, for collection in 2012, with levy increases in each of the following five years limited as provided by chapter 84.55 RCW.[3][4]

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