LWV Remains Neutral on King County's "Access for All" Initiative

The League of Women Voters of Seattle-King County (LWVS-KC) Board has carefully considered King County Proposition 1, also known as the “Access for All” measure, and recognizing both good and bad aspects of this measure, has decided to remain neutral on the matter. If passed on August 1, the measure would increase the sales tax by .1% to fund arts, culture, and science programs throughout King County.

“While the League of Women Voters generally supports arts education and community involvement in cultural activities, it firmly opposes a regressive tax structure that unfairly impacts low- and middle-income families,” said Stephanie Cirkovich, LWVS-KC President. “Unfortunately, the League Board could not reach consensus on whether the benefits of ‘Access for All’ outweighed the harms of enacting yet another regressive tax in King County.”

The League of Women Voters of Seattle-King County is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages active and informed participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. While the League does not endorse candidates, it does offer guidance on King County ballot measures after conducting a thorough study of the ballot language, assessing an initiative’s pros and cons, and interviewing and/or requesting information from campaigns both for and against the measure. Based on the League’s public policy positions, it may support, oppose, or remain neutral (take no position) on a measure.