The traditional media feature during election season is the editorial endorsement, where newspaper staffers deliver their electoral recommendations from on high. We’re guessing that formal endorsements from me and cdguy probably wouldn’t go too far.
So we’ve got a different idea we’d like to try out. Every couple of days we’re going to take a race or issue that’s on the November ballot and post it as a front-page story (mostly local and down-ballot issues – no presidential stuff). We’ll include the basic facts, and then open up the comments to allow you to ask specific questions you have on the issue. We’ll take your questions to each side of the race and try to get the official answers. Think of it as our own neighborhood town hall that will continue over the next few weeks.
Here’s the first issue: The Seattle Parks & Green Spaces Levy
The ballot description is:
The City of Seattle’s Proposition 2 concerns increased property taxes for six years for parks purposes. If approved, this proposition would fund acquiring, developing and restoring parks, recreation facilities, cultural facilities, green spaces, playfields, trails, community gardens, and shoreline areas; all as provided in Ordinance 122749. It would authorize regular property taxes higher than RCW 84.55 limits, allowing collection of up to $24,250,000 in additional taxes in 2009 (up to $145,500,000 over six years). Taxes collected in 2009 would be limited to $2.60 per $1,000 of assessed value, including approximately $0.19 of additional taxes. Should this levy lid lift be approved?
The pro-levy campaign website has a handy map that shows which projects are part of the proposal: http://keep.seattleparksforall.org/page/page/show?id=2225951
There’s three projects planned for the CD:
- A big, multi-million dollar renovation of the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center on Yesler
- Funds to purchase land for a neighborhood park in the 12th Ave area
- A $600,000 skate park at the Judkins Playground
Questions, comments? Leave them below. If you see a question you’ve wondered about too, give it a five-star rating to show it’s important to you (you have to be logged in to rate).
On Friday 10/10 we’ll take all of your questions and forward them to the campaigns for their official responses.