Taxes on ballot for Seattle seawall, county fingerprint system
Several smaller cities and school and fire districts also have property-tax measures on the ballot.
Seattle Times staff reporter
Voters in Seattle and King County will be asked Tuesday to approve two ballot measures that would raise property taxes: a $290 million bond measure to reconstruct the aging Elliott Bay seawall on the Seattle waterfront and a $119 million levy renewal for the county's automated fingerprint information system that helps law enforcement solve crimes.
Voters approved two other property-tax levies in August to raise $123 million for library services and $210 million to rebuild the county youth-services center.
Taken together, the four measures would raise the taxes on a median-priced, $360,000 Seattle home by $145.40. Homeowners with the same median-priced house are now paying about $3,660 in property taxes.
Additionally, several King County cities have property-tax increases on their ballots for police, parks, streets, general operating expenses, fire districts and schools. Those measures, and the cost per $1,000 in assessed value, include:
Kent: five-year levy to support parks and streets, $0.37/$1,000.
Kirkland: two permanent levies, one for street maintenance, $0.204/$1,000, and one for parks maintenance and street enhancement, $0.16/$1,000.
Mercer Island: nine-year levy for fire facilities, $0.086/$1,000.
Normandy Park: permanent levy for city services, $0.292 per $1,000.
Snoqualmie: permanent levy for public safety, streets and parks, $0.24/$1,000.
Federal Way School District: six-year capital projects levy to replace Federal Way High School and fund other school upgrades, $0.92/$1,000.
Auburn School District: 20-year construction bond measure to rebuild Auburn High School, $0.76/$1,000.
King County Fire Protection District 20: four-year maintenance-and-operations levy, $0.60/$1,000.
King County Fire Protection District 45: four-year maintenance-and-operations levy, $0.53/$1,000.
Si View Metropolitan Park District: one-year maintenance-and-operations levy, $0.27/$1,000.
Lynn Thompson: 206-464-8305 or firstname.lastname@example.org. On Twitter @lthompsontimes.