Seattle to vote Aug. 1 on measure boosting sales tax for arts, science, heritage education

Posted on: July 26, 2017

“Proponents of an effort to expand access to arts, science, and heritage education in King County are making their final push before ballots are due on Aug. 1,” writes Joe Veyera in Tuesday’s (7/25) Queen Anne and Magnolia News (Seattle, Wash.). “Last week, some of the organizations that would stand to benefit from the passage of Proposition 1—the ‘Access for All’ campaign—revealed just what the additional funding from a 0.1 percent sales tax increase (to raise an estimated $70 million per year) would mean for them…. approximately 350 organizations would stand to receive funding. Larger entities, like the Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle Symphony, Pacific Science Center, and the Museum of Flight … plan to expand free and low-cost ticket and membership programs, and increase their outreach efforts. Smaller, community-based organizations would have the flexibility to use funds to cover operating expenses or capital projects.… The Seattle Symphony would more than double the number of tickets distributed through its Family Connections and Community Connections programs from 2,200 to 5,000 each year. ‘Parents are constantly telling us that an experience at the symphony matters a great deal to their families,’ said Laura Reynolds, the symphony’s director of education and community engagement.”

Posted July 26, 2017