The King County Council has an exciting opportunity to create transformative access to science, heritage, and the arts for all residents.
By voting to enact the Doors Open legislation, the council would create a 0.1% sales tax for science, heritage, and arts programming. This would raise more than $90 million each year and would cost just $40 per year to an average family, a penny for every $10 spent.
With a focus on geographic equity to reach underserved communities, the Doors Open bill would allow more than 500 organizations throughout the county to bolster existing programs and create new ones, allowing them to better reach youth, seniors and at-risk populations, and to partner with public schools to bring science, heritage, and arts programming to students.
Local businesses also rely on science, heritage, and arts organizations to drive tourism and revenue – and to produce an innovative workforce for Washington business. The Arts & Culture sector represents 10.8% of the state’s GDP, contributing $72.8 billion to Washington’s economy, and supporting nearly 190,000 jobs statewide. (Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis – 2023)
The programs supported by Doors Open mean healthier and more diverse communities, better education for kids, more business opportunities, and a brighter future for King County. From Shoreline to Auburn, Des Moines to Duvall, everyone benefits.
In The News
King County Considers Major Investment into Cultural Sector
The Small Sales Tax Bump Could Spread Badly Needed Educational Programming to Every Corner of the County
By Rich Smith
The Seattle Times
King County proposes millions in funding for cultural sector
A wide swath of King County organizations — small and large, metropolitan and suburban, focusing on science, heritage or the arts — would receive funding.
By Margo Vansynghel