After holding two public hearings at its July 17, 2012 meeting, the Kirkland City Council unanimously approved ordinances and resolutions that call for a special election for the purpose of placing two property tax levies on the November ballot. Proposition 1 proposes an ongoing property tax levy of 20.4 cents per $1,000 of assessed value to fund arterial and neighborhood street re-pavement and repair, sidewalks around schools, crosswalk enhancements and traffic safety measures in neighborhoods. Proposition 2 proposes an ongoing property tax levy of .16 cents per $1,000 of assessed value to restore and enhance funding for park maintenance and beach lifeguards, to maintain, renovate, and enhance docks, park facilities, trails and playfields, and to acquire parkland and open space. Registered City of Kirkland voters will be asked to consider both propositions in the November 6, 2012 election.
The City Council also appointed members to serve on the “pro” and “con” committees for each Proposition. Norm Storme, Chuck Pilcher and Tod Johnson were appointed to the “pro” committee for Proposition 1; Robert Style was appointed to the “con” committee. For Proposition 2, Jay Arnold, Mary-Alyce Burleigh, and Scott Morris were appointed to the “pro” committee; Robert Style was appointed to the “con” committee. Committee members will prepare the statement in favor and in opposition for each ballot measure to appear in the King County voter’s pamphlet for the November 6 General Election.