Letter to the Editor: Vote No on Shoreline's Proposition 1

Thursday, October 20, 2022

To the Editor:

Shoreline’s Proposition 1 on the ballot November 8, 2022 for a levy lid lift will increase the City’s property tax revenue from $15 million in 2022 to $22 million in 2023, as discussed in the City Council Meeting of 09/19/22 regarding agenda item 9a-1. This increase will raise city property taxes by nearly 50%.

Many Shoreline homeowners are hurting financially. A 2022 survey commissioned by the City found over 40% of Shoreline residents were hurt financially by the pandemic, including lost income, being sick, and losing their jobs. Almost 60% report their biggest financial concern is inflation. Incomes are not keeping up with costs.

If approved, Prop 1 will hurt financially vulnerable Shoreline families who will struggle to pay the nearly 50% increase in city property taxes.

Please vote No on Prop 1 and ask the City Council to come back to us with a property tax proposal that is affordable for all Shoreline residents.

Philip Brock
Shoreline



2 comments:

Anonymous,  October 21, 2022 at 2:55 PM  

Philip Brock, good on you good sir !

Anonymous,  October 23, 2022 at 4:30 PM  

Voting absolutely NO. Where is the SNOWPlOW when I need it? In August the street cleaner went up and down my street and around the block, the street didn't even need cleaning!!. Keep services we already have?? I rarely even SEE a Shoreline police patrol car!!. Teenagers and twenty somethings hang out at 175th street Safeway parking lot sitting in and on their cars drinking, smoking, an intimidating presence with not a Shoreline police car in site EVER. I work for the Shoreline School District. I never see a single Shoreline Police Patrol before or after school keeping the school crosswalks safe - which is one of the services the city states they need money for to CONTINUE to provide. they are not even doing it NOW!! My property taxes are already $6000 a year!! A week ago a Shoreline Fire Dept Ladder truck was driving in circles around my block then stopped for 30 minutes still running but for no reason was even there. there was no fire and no emergency at all !! Costs some $ to run a ladder truck around the block several times and then run it for 30 minutes just at idle wasting gas. WHY are the City Council members and the deputy getting a GENEROUS increase in pay??? The tabled motion, which was made by Commissioner Hoey and seconded by Commissioner McClelland, would set Councilmember total compensation at $2,300 per month, with an extra $100 per month for Deputy Mayor and an extra $250 per month for Mayor.Sep 1, 2022. Like the prior commenter says, Shoreline residents have been hit HARD. Why are council getting a GENEROUS paycheck???? 60 percent of my taxes go to the school district where only ten years ago the superintendent was paid $250,000 a year, now the superintendent makes $350,000 a year!!! What profession do you know if where a person makes $100,000 more in just ten years??? Certainly not most of the Shoreline residents who already pay ridiculous property taxes trying to support families and vehicles groceries. and have to go buy a new garden hose when a drug addict is wandering around and cuts off the nozzel end of the garden hose blatantly right under the kitchen window to use for a drug pipe or sell for the copper. Not a single police officer on MY street EVER. Mail is also constantly being stolen. SO an EMPHATIC HANDS DOWN NO to Prop One. Stop giving yourself generous raises when you have done nothing to deserve it . Commissioner Itaoka noted she could not support a council member monthly salary of $2300 as it was too much!!

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