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City of Normandy Park

Proposition No. 1
Property Tax Rate

The Normandy Park City Council passed Resolution No. 967 to place before the voters restoring funding of City services to previous levels. This proposition authorizes (1) an increase in the regular property tax rate for collection in 2023 of approximately $.20 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation, for a total tax rate of $1.60 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, (2) annual increases in the levy amounts for 2024-2028 of 4% or such lesser increase as will keep the tax rate at $1.60 per $1,000, and (3) use of the 2028 levy amount as the basis for levy calculations thereafter.

 

Should this proposition be approved?

 

Yes

No


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

 

State law limits City property tax increases to 1% per year without a public vote. This limitation makes it difficult for City property tax revenues to keep up with inflation, legal mandates, and demands for services from City residents.

 

Normandy Park’s 2021 property tax levy rate is approximately $1.46 per $1,000 of assessed valuation.  If this proposition is passed into law, the City will be authorized to levy up to $1.60 per $1,000 of assessed valuation for collection in 2023.  For each year from 2024 through 2028, the City will be authorized to increase the levy by 4% or such lesser increase as will keep the levy rate at $1.60 per $1,000 of assessed valuation as allowed by state law, specifically RCW 84.55.050.  This increase will allow the City to maintain police and street maintenance at current levels.  Currently, 11% of the average household’s property tax bill is allocated to the City of Normandy Park.  The proposed increase applies only to taxes that are allocated to the City, and not to the remainder of the property tax bill. The City will be authorized to use the 2028 levy amount as the basis for future levy calculations.

 

To live within its means, the City of Normandy Park has implemented efficiencies and explored other revenue options.  If this measure is not approved, reductions in police and street maintenance will be necessary.

The City of Normandy Park depends on its residents to support this levy which funds a portion of our essential city services. The levy budget includes our respected police department and the upkeep of parks and roads. For property owners, the levy is calculated as $1.60 for every $1,000 of assessed property value.

 

City residents are asked to vote to renew the levy every 6 years. Without the levy, a funding shortfall will lead to the loss of city staff and up to 3 police officer positions out of our current full staffing of 10 officers.

 

Most cities in King County have a variety of revenue sources from which to develop their city budget. However, Normandy Park is disadvantaged by having one of the lowest levels of taxable retail sales in the county. Normandy Park depends almost solely on property taxes in combination with this modest levy. A vote for the levy shows a willingness to help our City maintain a healthy budget and invest in public safety, roads, and parks.

 

Together we have built a welcoming, beautiful, and peaceful community. Let’s keep it going! Please vote Yes on Proposition 1 to show your support for Normandy Park.

Submitted by: Craig Daly, Eric Zimmerman, Neil Ball, (253) 470-4791

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: Amy Arrington, City Manager, (206) 248-8246, aarrington@normandyparkwa.gov

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