Tell County Officials: Affordable housing first! Hold an evening public hearing on the Hotel-Motel Tax.
King County is in an affordable housing crisis, and our elected leaders have the duty to make difficult and responsible decisions about priorities and the common good. County Executive Dow Constantine has proposed that $185 million in public funds generated by the Hotel-Motel Tax over the next two decades be used to upgrade Safeco Field, the Mariners’ stadium — including $160 million in "bells and whistles". This same revenue could be directed instead towards affordable housing. With the repeal of Seattle’s big business tax, prioritizing existing revenue streams to address the housing crisis is more important than ever.