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Proposition No. 1
Maintenance and Operations Levy for Public Safety and Community Services

The Shoreline City Council adopted Resolution No. 492 concerning a property tax levy for public safety and community services. If approved, this proposition restores Shoreline’s levy rate to help fund police/neighborhood services, including RADAR and crime prevention; preserves parks, trails, playgrounds/playfields; and provides human services.

This proposition sets Shoreline’s maximum regular property tax rate to $1.39/$1,000 for collection in 2023; sets the limit factor for levy increases in 2024-2028 at 100% plus annual inflation (Seattle CPI-U); uses the 2028 levy amount to calculate subsequent levy limits; and exempts qualifying seniors and persons with disabilities per RCW 84.36.381.

Should this proposition be approved?



In 2016, Shoreline voters approved a six-year maintenance and operations levy for basic public safety, parks and recreation, and community services. That levy will expire on December 31, 2022. The proposed maintenance and operations levy would replace the expiring levy. Replacing the levy would maintain current levels of police and community safety services, including neighborhood safety patrols; traffic enforcement in school zones and neighborhoods; and community crime prevention programs. It would also enhance the RADAR Program by adding mental health professional teams to provide 24/7 response with police to community members in behavioral health crisis. Proposition 1 would also preserve safe, well-maintained, and accessible parks and trails; playgrounds and play equipment that meet safety standards; playfields and restrooms; and preserve recreation programs for youth, adults, families, and seniors. Proposition 1 would continue funding for community services for seniors, youth, and individuals and families in need, including homelessness response services. The levy would also sustain the City’s code enforcement and customer response programs. If approved, any increase in the annual levy would not exceed inflation (Seattle region CPI-U) for 2024-2028. Proposition 1 would set the City’s property tax rate below the legal limit of $1.60 at a maximum levy rate of $1.39/$1,000 of assessed valuation for collection in 2023 and will use the 2028 levy amount to calculate subsequent levy limits. The typical homeowner would pay an additional average of $30.00 per month to provide basic public safety, parks, recreation, and community services.

We all enjoy our quality of life in Shoreline and the high level of service from the city ­-­- strong public safety, great parks, programs for all ages, and compassionate human services. Shoreline faces the challenges of a rapidly growing population, placing new demands on city services. The city is the only entity we have to responsibly manage this growth and development.  It needs to be adequately funded.

This levy lid lift, Proposition 1, will preserve current services- such as outreach services to at risk youth. It will enhance a new service -- mental health professionals teamed with police to respond to the growing need for mental health interventions (RADAR).  RADAR has been proven to be more effective in helping  people impacted by drug and mental health crises. 

Recreation programs, community services and city customer services are at risk due to inflation.  Revenue to fund city services will dramatically fall without the levy lid lift.   Programs we rely upon will have to be reduced.   Voting “yes” on Proposition 1 preserves an array of services for everyone, including the homeless, as well as continues maintenance of our excellent park system and recreation areas.

Our city is already impacted by higher costs due to inflation, significant growth pressure and the need for new program to address serious social problems.  We must step up to ensure the quality of services we rely on and to leverage expected growth.  

A citizen advisory committee composed of your neighbors recommended that the City Council ask Shoreline voters to renew the levy lid lift.

Vote yes for Proposition 1.

Submitted by: Lincoln Ferris, Mary Ellen Stone, John Thielke,

No statement submitted.

Statements in favor of and in opposition to a ballot measure are submitted by committees appointed by the jurisdiction. No persons came forward to serve on the committee and to write a statement in opposition. If you would like to be involved with a committee in the future please contact the jurisdiction.

Simple majority (RCW 84.55.050)

For questions about this measure, contact: Christina Arcidy, Management Analyst, (206) 801-2216,

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