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Poll Shows Support for $970M Housing Levy Ahead of Vote

A majority of Seattle residents support a $970 million property-tax levy for affordable housing on the ballot this fall, according to a poll conducted earlier this month, reported the Seattle Times. The current levy expires this year.

The result underscores the popularity of the decades-old levy is strained by rising living costs and a shortage of affordable homes. But even with majority backing in the poll, the new levy, which is triple the current one, will still face a final vote in the fall.

Of those polled, 57% said they support the levy, 30% said they oppose it, and 12% were undecided. The Seattle Times and Suffolk University poll of 500 Seattle residents was conducted by phone from June 12-16, and has a margin of error of 4.4 percentage points.

The existing $290 million housing levy passed in 2016 with 71% of the vote. The previous one passed in 2009 with 66% of the vote.


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Jasmine Kilman is Content Director of Connect Commercial Real Estate, covering Chicago and greater Chicagoland, the Midwest, Seattle, and the Pacific Northwest. She covers industry trends, transaction deals, market research, and produces daily news stories. With experience in marketing and communications for academic nonprofits and corporate clients, including Hearst Media, Hilton, and Coldwell Banker, Kilman has written about commercial real estate, environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG), technology, healthcare, and philanthropy. She was born and raised in California and graduated with a degree in public relations. In her spare time, Kilman enjoys hiking and traveling to new locations with her family.

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