Eastside Audubon Endorses Parks Levy on August 6 Ballot
Recognizing the importance of places such as Marymoor Park to urban wildlife, Eastside Audubon is encouraging voters to approve a ballot measure that is essential to maintaining parks and open space in King County.
“Proposition 1 is important to us as individuals living in King County and also to Eastside Audubon in its mission to protect and enhance natural ecosystems for the benefit of birds, wildlife, and people,” said Peter S. Marshall, chair of the organization’s Conservation Committee.
Eastside Audubon’s board voted unanimously to endorse the proposed six-year levy, which will replace expiring levies that account for 70 percent of the annual funding that supports 200 parks and 175 regional trails.
“We had some serious discussion about the estimated $56 per year tax impact for a hypothetical $300,000 property, realizing these are lean times for many households,” Mr. Marshall said.
The group’s board endorsed Proposition 1 to avert a critical funding shortfall, citing the reasonableness of the projects the levy would fund in 39 cities and towns. “Proposed expenditures from Proposition 1 levy revenue would benefit virtually every King County resident,” Mr. Marshall said.
The organization’s letter of endorsement notes some of the projects that the levy will support. The letter is available at http://bit.ly/1b5LMFN or by visiting Eastside Audubon’s home page at www.eastsideaudubon.org.
Eastside Audubon has held monthly volunteer work parties since 2006 at King County’s Marymoor Park, continually improving habitat for birds and wildlife along the Audubon BirdLoop, a regional destination featured in the Great Washington State Birding Trail map series.
The group guides a birding walk at Marymoor Park at least once a month and leads walks monthly at other county and municipal parks that will benefit from Proposition 1 revenue. The walks and volunteer work parties are free and open to the public and can be found on the Calendar at www.eastsideaudubon.org.
About Eastside Audubon
Eastside Audubon is the National Audubon Society chapter active in Bellevue, Bothell, Carnation, Duvall, Issaquah, Kirkland, North Bend, Redmond, Sammamish, Snoqualmie, Woodinville, and unincorporated East King County.
Eastside Audubon works to protect, preserve, and enhance natural ecosystems and our communities for the benefit of birds, other wildlife, and people. We welcome new and experienced birders on our birding walks and field trips and in our birding classes. Visit www.eastsideaudubon.org.