Letter to the Editor: Can you afford Prop 1?

Sunday, October 20, 2019

To the Editor:

During the past three years several non-random, non-representative, specially selected small groups of Shoreline residents met to develop their want list for four of Shoreline’s parks, plus plans for a regional Olympic aquatic and community center. These forums were not open to other Shoreline residents. No one but the participants and City Hall were informed when and where these forums occurred, or how these were conducted.

It appears as though members of these forums were invited to consider every possible amenity that could be included in the four parks, and the aquatic and community center. Costs do not seem to be included as an advisable or necessary constraint.

And, it appears forum members were encouraged to think that the rest of Shoreline, its residents and businesses, would happily agree to play Santa Claus to pay for these extensive recreational amenities for the next 20 years, in addition to property taxes they now pay. Within that period the proposed amenities in all facilities, plus those parks not included in this extensive wish list, will no doubt need major repairs and upgrades. More tax $$s will be needed.

According to Zillow, hundreds of Shoreline homeowners are now selling, even in The Highlands. Homes are not selling quickly. Soon thousands of renters will move into many large soon to be completed Shoreline apartment complexes, many subsidized. No doubt they will enjoy all the amenities.

Can you afford to play Santa Claus for the next 20 years? Is your income so predictably stable that you know you will have enough money to pay increasing property assessments and taxes? If there is an economic downturn as in 2009, will you be able to stay in your home and stay in Shoreline? Can you afford Prop 1?

Jeanette Paulson


DKH October 21, 2019 at 1:12 AM  

Not to my understanding.

Anonymous,  October 22, 2019 at 2:42 PM  

There are two individuals I know of who recently claimed to have been part of that select group to make a so called "wishlist", including the aquatics center so I believe that to be true. I certainly wasn't invited to attend or assist with this wishlist. If I had been, the list would look a lot different.

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