Municipal League supports Children and Family Justice Center Levy

Sunday, July 22, 2012

The King County Municipal League Foundation has announced its support for King County’s Proposition 1 on the Aug. 7 Primary ballot.

The League says that it supports Prop. 1, the Children and Family Justice Center Levy. The League refers to Prop. 1 as a “time-limited and reasonable property tax dedicated to a much-needed essential government facility,” and adds, “The current courthouse and detention facility are a sinkhole of needed repairs and maintenance expenses and have outlived their useful life. The new facilities will allow for improved services and programs to youth and families, lower County operating costs and will add housing and open space to what is an under-utilized, nine-acre parcel in an urbanizing neighborhood.”

The Municipal League said Thursday that it encourages the County to add a citizen advisory committee comprised of professionals and neighborhood residents and business representatives to the project. 

A copy of the Committee’s findings, recommendations and rationale, can be found here. 

The League said that its ballot recommendations are determined by groups of citizen volunteers who study the issue and review information on all sides. The recommendations are then reviewed and approved by the Municipal League Board of Trustees, whose focus is on promoting effective government.

The Municipal League of King County refers to itself as “a nonpartisan volunteer organization that has worked to ensure government that is open, effective and accountable since 1910. The Municipal League is dedicated to improving the caliber of public officials and the quality of public decisions.”

The ShorelineAreaNews report from July 13 that included pro- and con statements from the County voters’ pamphlet is here.



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