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Proposition No. 2

The Redmond City Council has passed Resolution No. 1426 (AM) placing park services funding before the voters.

This proposition funds operation and maintenance of park and trail facilities, and park investments in Idylwood, Northeast and Southeast Redmond Parks. It authorizes an increase in the regular property tax rate for 2016 of $0.07 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, for a total rate (if only this proposition passes) of $1.56 per $1,000 of AV. The 2016 levy amount would become the base upon which levy increases would be computed for the next six years.

Should this proposition be approved?



The City of Redmond relies on property taxes to provide basic services such as parks maintenance and operations programs.  Redmond’s current total property tax rate is $1.49 per $1,000 of assessed valuation.  The proposed increase of $0.07 per $1,000 of assessed valuation would be about a $35 annual increase to Redmond’s portion of the property tax bill (not your entire property tax bill) on an average home value in Redmond.

Redmond’s Parks and Recreation Department currently maintains 1,217 acres of developed park land, 31 miles of developed trails, 12.4 miles of street landscaping and serves 137,886 participants each year in recreation programs.  The purpose of this levy is to support park maintenance and operations at current service levels through continuation of the 2007 levy approved by voters, funding teen center activities and after-school programs for elementary and middle school youth.  The new levy would also fund investments in neighborhood parks and additional park services through park and trail maintenance. This levy increase would specifically support programs, such as improvements at neighborhood parks in Southeast and Northeast Redmond; improvements at Idylwood Park (Redmond’s only lake access) and parking area; and maintain levels of service in neighborhood and community parks and natural areas.

If only this proposition passes, the City of Redmond will be allowed to levy $0.07 per $1,000 of assessed valuation to invest in future park maintenance, operations and neighborhood parks.

For questions about this measure, contact: Jane Christenson, Deputy City Administrator, 425-556-2107,

Proposition 2 delivers improvements to parks we know and love, creates new parks for underserved Redmond neighborhoods, and keeps our parks clean and safe.

Idylwood Park on Lake Sammamish gets improvements to ease congestion and make your day at the beach more pleasant. Parking will be less challenging in summer weather when thousands of outdoor lovers visit our beautiful waterfront community park.

Neighborhood walkability and recreation are improved by Proposition 2. New parks in Southeast and Northeast Redmond are created from undeveloped parkland. Overlake’s Westside Park gets a new playground and other improvements.

The levy maintains funding for youth programs and maintenance. Park maintenance and security is increased at Grasslawn, Idylwood, Hartman, Perrigo, and Anderson Parks in summer months.

Proposition 2 enables a number of projects for parks and trails near you.  The Grasslawn picnic shelter will be replaced, the Farrel-McWhirter equestrian arenas resurfaced, and pathways renovated at Reservoir and Cascade View Parks.

Many of your neighbors and friends support Proposition 2. Visit for a list of endorsements and more details.

For $3.02/month for the median homeowner, you can keep Redmond clean, green, and fun - vote yes on Proposition 2.

As long-term, committed park supporters, we find it hard to vote against parks. But it is not hard to oppose a tax increase when funds have been misdirected to a mega project at the expense of neighborhoods. To date, the city has spent $23,968,811 on a two-acre downtown park surrounded by nearly un-navigable traffic, little parking and is unlikely to be used on a regular basis by the wider community. This huge outlay when the City already has a 16 acre municipal campus and parking garage just two blocks north is further evidence of misdirected spending and reshuffled priorities.

Furthermore, the city plans on spending an additional $12,387,462 to build the park and $85,000 annually for maintenance. Dollars are not unlimited. Spent one place, they become unavailable to other neighborhoods and Idylwood, our only lakefront park.

The amount of money spent and proposed for this one project exceeds the entire two year budget for the Parks Department.

When increasing taxes becomes a way of running government, long-time residents who bought homes before assessments skyrocketed are in danger of being taxed out of Redmond. These combined levies represent and average increase of 21% in Redmond’s property tax.

Please vote “No!”

Redmond is a great place to live, work, and raise a family. Proposition 2 keeps Redmond great by keeping our parks clean, green, and fun.

For just $36.18/year (median homeowner) – that’s what a “yes” on Proposition 2 costs - you can help upgrade existing parks, improve our neighborhoods, and provide needed recreation programs and parks maintenance – all of which will make Redmond an even better place.

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Submitted by: Tom Sanko, Pat Vache, and Judith Simpson,

Claiming property taxes increasing by only $3.02/month is disingenuous.  Actual cost depends on assessed value of the home.  Residents in a new development could be assessed as much as 73% more than this base rate.  The larger question here is not whether parks are valuable community assets, but where are the city’s versus the residents’ priorities?  Instead of spending an additional $12.5million more on the downtown park, reprioritize funding rather than increasing taxes.

Vote “No.”

Submitted by: Rosemarie Ives, Richard Grubb, and James Robinson, 425-881-5587



Simple majority (RCW 84.55.050)

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