Wash. city council studies public-financing options for campaigns

01/31/2013 | Seattle Times, The

The Seattle City Council is considering adopting public financing for elections in the hope that races will be open to more challengers and less influenced by money. The council will consider funding options including using general-fund money and raising property tax by 1 or 2 cents per $1,000 of assessed value. The city's Ethics and Elections Commission will recommend a financing plan in March after it comes up with an estimated cost.

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