Voters to have final say in Seattle Pre-K program

Voters to have final say in Seattle Pre-K program

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Voters to have final say in Seattle Pre-K program

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by JAKE WHITTENBERG / KING 5 News

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KING5.com

Posted on June 16, 2014 at 6:37 AM

Updated Monday, Jun 16 at 6:37 AM

The Seattle City Council is prepared to turn to voters in November to fund universal pre-kindergarten in the city.

The proposal includes a four-year property tax levy, raising $14.5 million-per-year. The cost to the average homeowner in Seattle will be $3.63 per month.

If approved, the Pre-K program would begin in the 2015-2016 school year and will be voluntary for providers and participants. Tuition will be free for children from families earning less than the 200% of the federal poverty level. The ultimate goal will be to serve all eligible and interested families of 4-year-olds, and all 3-year-olds from families making less than 300% of the federal poverty level in Seattle.

“There is nothing more morally important that I will do as mayor in the next four years than creating a high quality preschool program for 3- and 4-year-olds in Seattle," said Mayor Ed Murray on the city's website.

City council members are set to vote on the November ballot issue at their regularly scheduled meeting on Monday.

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