Valley voters support a pair of levy requests

November 14, 2012

By Michele Mihalovich

The city of Snoqualmie asked voters to approve a public safety operations, street and park maintenance levy, and they said yes.

As of Nov. 12, 2,501 voters (52 percent) approved the tax increase to 2,275 (47.6 percent) who voted against it.

The levy calls for a 24-cent increase per $1,000 of assessed property value. That means a citizen with a $413,000 home would pay about $99 more per year if the levy is approved. City officials said the levy could bring an additional $430,000 to city coffers.

City officials said the levy is necessary because of the explosive growth the city has experienced, jumping from 3,500 people in 2003 to 10,670 in 2010.

City Administrator Bob Larson said that in the past 10 years, police and fire calls are up, the number of parks and roadways has increased, operation expenses have increased, the number of people demanding service has increased, but only one officer has been added to the police department, and zero firefighters or road workers have been hired.

City officials said if the levy were approved, they would hire one firefighter, but would not commit what the other funds would go toward.

Voters overwhelmingly supported Si View Metropolitan Park District operations and maintenance levy with 5,492 yes votes (76 percent) versus 1,740 no votes (24 percent).

Travis Strombaugh, executive director of Si View, said in October that if the proposition wasn’t approved, the district stood to lose $486,936, or 51 percent of its property tax revenue, which could affect day-to-day operations and cut multiple recreation programs and community events.

Proposition No. 1, which needed 60 percent approval by voters, allows Si View to maintain the current level of funding, and the district will collect .27 cents per $1,000 of assessed value, he said. Si View operates and maintains the Community Center, parks, pool, playgrounds and play fields, trails and more than 300 recreation programs.

 

On the Web

For full election results in Washington, go to http://your2.kingcounty.gov/elections/2012nov-general/results.

King County will update election results daily by 4:30 p.m. until official election certification Nov. 27.

 

Michele Mihalovich: 392-6434, ext. 246, or editor@snovalleystar.com.

 

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