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King County to hold I-695 impact meetings
Public Health-Seattle and King County is asking for help in
identifying possible budget approaches in the event Initiative 695 passes. To that
end, it is scheduling community meetings to allow the public to learn about
the potential impacts of the initiative and to provide input on public health
program changes to accommodate the potential loss of revenue.
According to the organization, the motor vehicle excise tax (MVET) is
a current source of funding for several public health programs in
King County. These include such activities as infectious disease control
programs, safe food and drinking water programs, and services for the
elderly, children, and people with low income and/or high health risks.
If approved in November, I-695 would take effect on Jan. 1, 2000.
Public Health-Seattle and King County would lose approximately $10
million yearly in revenue from MVET. It would also lose other
"leveraged" funds, such as reimbursements
from Medicaid and federal administrative match funding. Absent an
alternative funding source, this could cause reductions in public health services.
The four community meetings to discuss these issues are scheduled for:
Tuesday, Oct. 12 - Seattle Central Community College,
Broadway and Pine, Room 111, Seattle, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.;
Wednesday, Oct. 13 - Good Neighbor Center, 305 S. 43rd
St., Renton, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.;
Wednesday, Oct. 13 - Eastgate Public Health Center, 14350
S.E. Eastgate Way, Bellevue, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.; and
Thursday, Oct. 14 - Federal Way Public Health Center, 33431 13th
Pl. S., Federal Way, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
If you are interested but are unable to attend one of these
community meetings, mail your comments to Mark Alstead, 999 Third Ave.,
12th Floor, Seattle, WA, 98104, or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.