Wednesday, November 2, 2016
To the Editor,
Shoreline City Council has placed Proposition 1 on the November 8th ballot for our consideration. Proposition 1 is a maintenance and operations levy to maintain basic public safety, parks and recreation, and community services. It renews the "Levy Lid Lift" that we, the voters, approved in 2010 which is expiring at the end of 2016. If approved it will set the City's property tax rate well below the legal limit of $1.60 (and lower than the $1.48 rate set in 2010) to $1.39 in 2017 and allow the City's property tax levy to grow by inflation (CPI) each year through 2022. When considering whether to support the City of Shoreline Proposition 1, I asked myself three simple questions:
1. Do I value the services that the City provides? The answer is a resounding YES! Shoreline police, parks maintenance, street maintenance, traffic lights, street lights, traffic cops, recreation programs for all ages and abilities, the Shoreline pool, support for those less fortunate, events that build community and help us to be connected, and the list goes on.
2. Do I believe that the City uses our money responsibly? Again, I have no reason to answer anything but yes. They have a history of clean audits by the State Auditor, they actively seek grants to fund major improvements that we otherwise wouldn't have been able to afford (can you say "Aurora?") and they responded to the economic downturn by reducing staffing and have been slow to add it back.
3. Are there services that I think could be significantly reduced without impacting our community? When I imagine the impacts of reducing services, I think about the consequences. Higher crime rates? Families in need unable to get assistance? More congestion? Is it worth the risk? At an average increase of $7 per month for a median priced home (assessed value of $353,000) or $84 per year, I don't think so.
Therefore - I will be supporting Proposition 1 and encourage all to Vote Yes on Proposition 1 to maintain basic services! You can get information here or on Facebook. The City of Shoreline's website has their analysis and process here.