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Seattle City Library Levy Increase (August 2012)

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A Seattle City Library Levy Increase measure was on the August 7, 2012 ballot in the city of Seattle which is in King County.

This measure was approved

  • YES 46,738 (61.79%)Approveda
  • NO 28,903 (38.21%)[1]

This measure sought to increase the current property tax to a rate of $123 million a year to pay for libraries operational and maintenance costs in the city.[2]

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

This proposition would increase library collections, support library hours and services, update technology and maintain library facilities, as provided in Ordinance No. 123851. It authorizes regular property taxes above RCW 84.55 limits, allowing additional 2013 collection of up to $17,000,000 (approximately $0.15/$1,000 assessed value) and up to $122,630,099 over seven years. In 2013, total City taxes collected would not exceed $3.60 per $1,000 of assessed value.[3][4]