Public Safety, Parks and Recreation and Community Services
Shoreline's Proposition 1 to fund basic services including police, parks, and community services passed with a 56 percent yes vote. King County certified the election results on November 23, 2010.
Proposition 1, a maintenance and operations levy to maintain basic public safety, parks & recreation, and community services, will:
- Restore City’s property tax rate to $1.48 per $1,000 of assessed value in 2011
- Limit property tax increases 2012 through 2016 to amount not to exceed Seattle Consumer Price Index
- Use 2016 levy rate as base for future levy rates
- Cost to average homeowner (assessed value of $325,000) an average of $9.25 per month over a six-year period
CITY OF SHORELINE PROPOSITION 1
BASIC PUBLIC SAFETY, PARKS & RECREATION, AND COMMUNITY SERVICES MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS LEVY
The Shoreline City Council adopted Resolution No. 307 concerning basic public safety, parks and recreation, and community services. If approved, this proposition would maintain current police/emergency protection including neighborhood patrols and crime prevention; preserve safe parks, trails, playgrounds/playfields and the Shoreline pool; and maintain community services including senior center and youth programs.
This proposition would restore Shoreline’s property tax rate to $1.48/$1,000 of assessed valuation for collection in 2011; limit levy increases for 2012-2016, not to exceed inflation (Seattle CPI- U); and use the 2016 levy amount to calculate subsequent levy limits.
Should this proposition be approved?
The City of Shoreline has taken aggressive steps to reduce costs and assure efficiency, including more than one million dollars in budget cuts, staff reductions and elimination of cost-of-living pay raises. Since 2001, Shoreline’s property tax levy increase has been limited to 1 % a year, while inflation has gone up nearly 3 times as fast, and as a result funding has not kept pace for basic City services. If approved, Proposition 1 would maintain current levels of police and emergency services including neighborhood safety patrols, traffic enforcement in school zones and neighborhoods, east and west-side police store-front programs, school safety officer in Shorewood and Shorecrest high schools, enforcement of drug and vice laws, and community crime prevention programs. Proposition 1 would preserve safe, well-maintained and accessible parks and trails; playgrounds and play equipment that meet safety standards, playfields, restrooms and the Shoreline pool; and preserve recreation programs for youth, families and seniors. Proposition 1 would continue funding for community services including the Shoreline senior center and youth programs.
If approved, any increase in the annual levy would not exceed inflation (Seattle region CPI-U) for 2012-2016. Proposition 1 would set the City’s property tax rate below the legal limit of $1.60 at $1.48/$1,000 assessed valuation for collection in 2011 and will use the 2016 levy amount to calculate subsequent levy limits. The typical homeowner would pay an additional average of $9.25 per month to maintain police and emergency protection, parks and recreation and community services.