Letter to the Editor: For the first time in 37 years I am voting against a levy

Friday, October 14, 2022

 
To the Editor:

After gathering information from the Voters Pamphlet, a Shoreline Community Presentation, answers from the City Manager’s Office, and Citizens for a Fair Levy (website: ShorelineLevy.info), I am voting against Prop 1. This has been a difficult decision because I have always voted yes on every Shoreline proposition, bond, and levy for the last 37 years. However, Prop 1 is a very big increase and the City Council has not explained exactly what it plans to use the additional money for.
 
Proposition 1 is a Levy Lid Lift that will raise the property tax from $1.13 to $1.39 per $1,000. assessed value. This Levy Lid Lift increase will be in addition to the Park Bond we passed Feb 8 that will add about $0.22/$1,000 assessed value for the next 20 years beginning in January 2023.
 
This Levy Lid Lift will be applied to our new (generally higher) property value assessment we all just received from the County Assessor. The City of Shoreline currently has a surplus of several million dollars. I presume with a jump to $1.39 it will enlarge the current surplus. I am NOT against paying property taxes; this is just too big of an increase.
 
If Prop 1, the Levy Lid Lift, fails, the City can continue to tax us at $1.13+1% for 2023. They can then resubmit another Levy Lid Lift at a more realistic rate, and with a better explanation of why the City needs the money, in a spring or November election in 2023.

Jane Lowell
Shoreline


5 comments:

Anonymous,  October 14, 2022 at 8:59 AM  

I agree with Jane. Evaluations on properties and taxing have gotten way out of control and there needs to be something done to stop it!

Anonymous,  October 14, 2022 at 9:37 AM  

If you voted yesfor every proposition, bond and levy for 37 years you are part of the problem! Please stop voting!

Anonymous,  October 14, 2022 at 11:48 AM  

I have supported nearly all levies in the past, but this latest ask is a step too far. At a time when single family properties are disappearing in favor of apartment buildings and our portfolios are taking a hit the answer is a no vote for me

Just My Opinion October 14, 2022 at 5:03 PM  

And once again I have to suggest that we have cameras issuing tickets for drivers/cars that run red lights, speed, don't stop for pedestrians, etc. - a driver's decision to break the law is voluntary, and it is their decision to suffer the consequences. Someone could run the numbers and find all our taxes would be lowered and some could be eliminated. If you're concerned about "privacy" check out what Google, Meta and TikTok know about you :)

Anonymous,  October 19, 2022 at 1:25 PM  

My jaw dropped when my property value assessment came in this year. I agree that it's not a good time to add more taxes. Like the author above, I normally vote yes. Voting no.

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