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City of Normandy Park

Proposition No. 1
Property Tax Rate

The Normandy Park City Council passed Resolution No. 853 to place the funding of city services before the voters. This proposition authorizes an increase in the regular property tax rate for collection in 2013 of $0.29246 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, for a total tax rate (if this proposition passes) of $1.60 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. The 2013 levy amount would become the base upon which levy increases would be computed for future years.


Should this proposition be approved?



The City of Normandy Park relies on property taxes to provide basic services such as police protection, street and sidewalk construction, and facility maintenance.


Over the last decade, the City’s property tax revenues have not kept up with inflation, mandates by state and federal government, and the demand for services from City residents.  Since 2002, inflation has risen by 26% while property taxes have gone up by only 8%.  State law limits increases in City property taxes to 1% per year without a public vote.


Normandy Park’s 2012 property tax levy rate is approximately $1.31 per $1,000 of assessed valuation.  If this measure is passed into law, the City will be authorized to levy up to $1.60 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, an increase of approximately 29 cents per $1,000.  This will make Normandy Park’s property tax rate approximately the same as in surrounding cities.  This increase will allow the City to keep providing services, including police, street and sidewalk construction, and facility maintenance at current levels.  Currently 9% of the average household’s property tax bill goes to the City of Normandy Park.  The proposed increase applies only to the taxes that go to the City, and not to the remainder of the tax bill.


To live within its means, the City of Normandy Park has cut staffing levels, frozen wages, deferred street and facility maintenance, implemented efficiencies, and explored other revenue options.  If this measure is not approved, further cuts in police and other City services will be necessary.

VOTE YES on Prop 1. Save Normandy Park and our Police Department.

With continuous State cuts to shared revenue, new mandates, minimal retail, and a prolonged economic downturn, our city is fiscally crippled.


Without a YES vote, it may mean the end of the City with no chance for recovery and a devastating fall in your property values.


Your City has essentially no debt, conservative fiscal controls and lean management. Millions in expenses have been cut. Staff and benefits have been drastically reduced, with no pay raises. Essential services are minimal, most maintenance deferred and roads are breaking up. Our Police are reduced by two officers. Inflation increased costs by 26% since 2002 while revenues have been flat and difficult to find. Reserve funds are critically low. Further cuts make the city immediately unsustainable. 


 We need your help. A levy lid lift is the best immediately available source of new funding to keep Normandy Park viable. It provides an opportunity to search for additional funds, while bringing local taxes on par with surrounding cities. Please keep City Hall open. Permit our Police Department to keep crime out and preserve our home values.


 VOTE YES. Save this GEM of a city.
Will raising property taxes produce revenue for the City of Normandy Park?  Yes.  Is this tax increase enough to ensure the City of Normandy Park will become and remain financially solvent?  No.  The City Manager has identified a $1.2million budget shortfall, yet this tax increase will generate only about $300,000.  Obviously, something different has to be done in order to preserve our City’s independent status now and into the future.  Revenue options are limited, so we have to figure out how to spend less.  While a property tax increase will “get us by”, it will not produce a balanced budget.  The City’s revenue shortfall is not a new problem.  The City has been spending more than its revenue and dipping into reserves for several years, without coming up with a solution.  Now City leaders are asking residents of Normandy Park to pay more of their own hard earned money and delaying that solution again, knowing the tax increase still won’t be enough to meet the City’s needs.  This is a permanent property tax increase.  Residents of Normandy Park deserve a permanent solution.

 Statement submitted by: Stacia Jenkins

If there was a perfect permanent solution to the City’s fiscal emergency, the Council would have selected it. It is irresponsible and reckless to suggest gambling with the future of our city by cutting the budget any further.

The City, at present, is unsustainable. This tax will cost a home assessed at $500,000 about $146 per year. It is the best insurance against losing our City and Police Department.          Help Save Normandy Park.  VOTE YES!


Statement submitted by: Karen Steele, Clarke Brant and John Rankin

No rebuttal submitted.

Simple Majority (RCW 84.55.050)
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