Seattle voters weigh massive $1.5 billion transportation levy for taxpayers

Seattle voters weigh massive $1.5 billion transportation levy for taxpayers


Seattle homeowners may soon be paying an average of $546 a year in order to cover expenses related to the city’s transportation needs.

Mayor Bruce Harrell approved a $1.5 billion transportation bill, the largest tax proposal in the city’s history, leaving it up to voters to decide in the November election.

“Yes, that’s a lot of money, but [the levy is for] the treasures, and the payoff, and the benefits for our children and our grandchildren,” Harrell said at a Wednesday press conference.

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The levy, which is expected to last eight years, will cover the costs of building sidewalks, paving streets, repairing bridges, and improving transit connections. 

The current levy, which expires at the end of 2024, costs residents around $300 on their property tax

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