Funding for mental health services in King County could take a $42 million hit as the shutdown to prevent the spread of coronavirus eats away at sales taxes, according to King County Budget Director Dwight Dively.
“The news is not good,” Dively said. “In fact, the news is very bad.”
The sales tax forecast for 2020 through 2022 projects shortfalls of $79 million to the general fund, $42 million to Mental Illness and Drug Dependency (MIDD) and $397 million to King County Metro. The projections may be too rosy, Dively told King County councilmembers on May 5.
Read more in the May 20-26, 2020 issue.