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Northshore Parks and Recreation Service Area

Proposition No. 1

Maintenance and Restoration Levy

Shall the Northshore Parks and Recreation Service Area be authorized to impose regular property tax levies of four cents ($.04) or less per thousand dollars of assessed valuation for each of six (6) consecutive years?

Yes

No


In 1989, voters approved the creation of the Northshore Parks and Recreation Service Area (“NPRSA”). The NPRSA is the owner of two facilities in Bothell, including the facility operated by the Northshore Senior Center, which provides services to meet the needs of the citizens of Bothell, Kenmore, Woodinville, and unincorporated areas of King County and Snohomish County. Pursuant to RCW 36.38.525, the NPRSA is authorized to impose a property tax levy in an amount equal to sixty cents or less per thousand dollars of assessed value of property in the service area in each year for six consecutive years upon approval by the voters within the service area. This proposed ballot measure seeks approval to impose a property tax levy in an amount equal to four cents or less per thousand dollars of assessed value of property in the service area in each year for six consecutive years. The property tax levy will be used to fund necessary repairs and operate recreational facilities owned or managed by the NPRSA, and as allowed by State law.

The Northshore Parks and Recreation Service Area (NPRSA) founded in 1988 constructed Northshore Senior Center and the Northshore Health and Wellness Center. Northshore Senior Center leases the buildings, runs the programs, and pays for basic maintenance of the facilities. It is a nonprofit organization, providing programs and services annually for over 6,000 seniors, people with disabilities and family caregivers in our community.

Current programs include help managing depression, programs slowing the progression of Parkinson’s Disease, food assistance, recreational activities for special needs youth, help for seniors living on a fixed income and more.

Voters approved bonds to construct these heavily used public facilities, but no money for major maintenance was provided. Approaching thirty years old, the facilities need major repairs including roof replacement, windows, drainage and mechanical systems. These needs are beyond the routine maintenance the Center is obligated to cover.

At 4 cents per thousand dollars of assessed value, this maintenance and operations levy would cost the owner of a $500,000 home just $20 per year. It’s a modest investment in these important public assets to ensure they remain safe and well maintained for generations to come. Our seniors and our family members with disabilities are counting on it.

Suzanne Greathouse, David Baker, Dick Paylor, 206-465-8833

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.
 

60% yes vote and either (1) a minimum of 10,259 yes votes or (2) a minimum turnout of 17,099 voters (RCW 36.69.145)

Kinnon Williams, General Counsel, 425-455-1234, kwilliams@insleebest.com

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