King Co. executive pushes $811 million child care levy

SEATTLE (AP) — King County Executive Dow Constantine wants to ask voters to approve an $811 million child care levy. Constantine’s proposal would replace a $440 million levy approved in 2015. The big hike in the new proposal, Constantine said, is due to the higher tax rate and inflation. Constantine’s proposal, if approved by the Metropolitan King County Council, would go to voters on the August primary ballot. The Seattle Times reports the expiring Best Starts for Kids levy, which has doled out millions of dollars to more than 400 organizations over the last five years, in an effort to foster children’s development by supporting wide-ranging early-intervention programs.