Here is another local proposition up for approval in this year's election:
This proposition concerns increased property taxes for 6 years for parks purposes. It would provide funding for acquiring, developing and restoring parks, recreation facilities, cultural facilities, green spaces, playfields, trails, community gardens and shoreline areas.
This levy will provide for parks, trails, playgrounds and ball fields for all of Seattle at an average cost of $81.00/year for the typical homeowner, a decrease of about $30 from the current expiring Parks levy.
We must invest in our parks for future generations to enjoy. Parks such as Green Lake, Seward Park, Lincoln Park and the Arboretum.
Parks and Recreation already consumes 8.4% of Seattle's general fund expenditures.
This levy is not for maintaining current parks or protect current wild spaces. Rather this levy is for additional projects-in many cases more pavement than park. If the levy passes, millions will go toward non-park building renovations, replacing sand with lighting and artifical turf at playfields, changing wading parks to spray parks, and extending roads and boulevards.
Again, I am not in the proper voting district to vote for or against this measure and if I were would leave it blank. As I said before, I don't own property and it isn't right for me to affect, one way or another, those who do.
However, in this case, if I did own property and could vote either way, I would probably vote against this one. If the money is already there in the general fund, that is already being used for whatever this levy thinks it is funding, there is no need for an additional fund.