Important County Parks Measure

Important County Parks Measure

Finn Hill Neighbors: You should have received your August 6, 2013 ballots by now, and FHNA is writing to recommend that you vote YES on County Proposition No. 1, which provides continued funding for County parks.

The parks measure is important to our neighborhood because we’re lucky enough to have two County parks right where we live: Big Finn Hill Park and the Juanita Woodlands. These parks aren’t maintained by Kirkland. They are the responsibility of the County.

If the County park proposition doesn’t pass, County park funding will decline drastically. Upkeep of Big Finn Hill Park and restoration work at the Woodlands would be threatened; Big Finn Hill Park might even have to close.

County Proposition No. 1 authorizes a six-year levy that will provide the funds that the County needs to maintain its parks, update park facilities, acquire acreage and provide some financial support to city park and trail projects (including the Eastside Corridor).

The levy rate is 18.77 cents per $1000 of assessed valuation, which works out to roughly $56 per year for a family living in a $300,000 home. But the new levy replaces existing levies that expire at the end of the year: these levies cost about 13.4 cents per $1000 of assessed valuation, so the increase is only about $16 annually for a $300,000 home. (The County has had to increase the levy because its parks program no longer receives support from the County’s general fund and receipts from real estate taxes, which have declined considerably in the past few years, aren’t expected to make up the shortfall in the future).

Matt Pruitt, one of our board members, participated in the citizens’ advisory committee that prepared the recommendations for the levy, so we have had strong local input on the measure.

The FHNA board has just endorsed the park levy, joining the Seattle Times, the Kirkland City Council, and a host of other groups. See our press release, attached. You can learn more at www.kingcounty.gov/recreation/parks/about/levy.aspx

 We hope you’ll vote YES on County Proposition No. 1. It’s good for the County and great for our neighborhood.

 

Scott Morris

Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance – President

(formerly Denny Creek Neighborhood Alliance)

www.finnhillalliance.org| 206-972-9493

PO Box 682, Kirkland WA 98083

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