||.16 per $1000 of assessed value property tax increase for park acquisition and maintenance
About the Campaign:
The Kirkland, Washington, City Council has unanimously referred a $2.35 million annual Parks Maintenance, Renovation and Enhancement Levy to the November 6 ballot, with $1.1 million for maintenance and operations, and $1.25 million for renovation and enhancement.
A citizens' committee, Yes! for Great Kirkland Parks, is leading the campaign to pass the ballot measure.
The levy was developed from the recommendations of the Kirkland Parks Funding Exploratory Committee, a group of nearly 50 citizens representing neighborhood, business, education, sports and civic organizations, as well as significant public input. The committee met for six months to assess and make recommendations about the short- and long-term maintenance and capital needs of the city's highly regarded parks and open space system
The cost of the levy to the owner of a median-priced home would be about $56 per year, or less than $5 per month. Revenues and expenditures will be subject to an annual audit to assure accountability. Funds will be used solely for parks and recreation purposes.
What's At Stake
The fast-growing Seattle suburb of Kirkland is the 12th largest city in the state. It has a lively downtown waterfront along the eastern shoreline of Lake Washington and several popular waterfront parks. By protecting parks, beaches, and natural areas, ensuring public safety, and creating a network of trails, the parks levy will allow the city to maintain its high quality of life -- and its economic viability -- as the population continues to grow.
It has been a decade since the last parks funding was approved by voters. Those careful investments have strengthened local neighborhoods, improved property values, and created healthy places to play throughout the city with over 80,000 residents
Based on the recommendations of the citizens committee and public input, the levy will fund the following priorities:
-- Maintaining park landscaping and restrooms
-- Providing lifeguards at beaches
-- Upgrading playing fields for afterschool use
-- Repairing and maintaining shorelines and docks
-- Renovating exiting parks to improve safety
-- Improving Edith Moulton Park, Waverly Beach Park, Juanita Beach Park, O.O. Denny Park
-- Developing Cross Kirkland Trail
-- Protecting key parkland and natural areas
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