Alliance Leaders to Council: Put Best Starts for Kids on the Ballot!
On July 20, Sound Alliance leaders showed their numbers at a King County Council hearing to ask Councilmembers to put the Best Starts for Kids levy proposal on the November 2015 ballot.
Alliance leaders spoke from the Cherry Hill Residency Program, Saltwater Church, the Health Equity Circle, the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia, and the United Association Local 32 Plumbers and Pipefitters. They were joined by Pastor Tor Berg from First Lutheran Church in Bothell who first worked with the Sound Alliance leaders during our prior work with the King County Council on immigration.
Susan Aigner, a member of the Saltwater Church Core Team had two observations:
"First, we're not alone! Members of the King County Human Services Coalition were at the hearing. They are mainly social service agencies and non-profits and they all spoke to the importance of Best Starts for Kids early intervention and prevention strategies for children and families in our County.
Second, we shared stories during our testimony. We didn't try to teach the Councilmembers about Best Starts for Kids. We talked about us! We told OUR stories. I talked about what Best Starts for Kids means to my church and for my faith. This was a main difference between our Sound Alliance leaders and others who testified. I liked that!"
At the end of the hearing, Councilmembers debated some minor amendments and will meet again Wednesday, July 22nd, to finish voting on amendments and to put Best Starts for Kids on the ballot.
We will send word when the Council officially puts Best Starts for Kids on the ballot.
Susan Aigner, Saltwater Church, testifies in support of putting Best Starts for Kids on the ballot at the King County Council meeting.