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Seattle voters must choose between two preschool plans on November ballot

signs are held up before the Seattle City Council votes Monday on preschool plans.
signs are held up before the Seattle City Council votes Monday on preschool plans.
KYLE STOKES/Seattle City Council

Yesterday, Monday 23, 2014, Seattle City Council voted to put two preschool plans on Novembers ballot for voters. One plan is Seattle Mayor Ed Murray's attempt to increase the quality and affordability of preschool. For this plan, The City Council voted unanimously to place a $58 million property-tax levy on the November ballot. The purpose of raising property taxes would be to help fund an early childhood education program that targets low-income families.

The Council also voted to put a separate union-backed child-care proposal on the November ballot. This proposal is called Initiative 107 and was supported by nearly 22,000 signatures. KPLU reports that Initiative 107 raises the minimum wage to $15 an hour for more than 4,000 childcare workers and creates a training program for early childhood educators.

According to the Seattle Times, the council voted to consider it a competing, rather than complementary measure. That means voters will have to choose between them rather than voting for both. Although choosing between the two may be hard, KPLU says the reason voters are being force to choose is because council had determined the to initiatives conflict on various points. Council president Tim Burgess says that under Washington State law, the council has the authority to decide whether initiatives are in conflict with each other, and if so, the council can present the two measures to voters as an either-or choice. It was by a 6-3 vote council determined that the two initiatives were in conflict.