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Originally published November 3, 2012 at 9:02 PM | Page modified November 3, 2012 at 10:40 PM

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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

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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 lthompson@seattletimes.com. On Twitter @lthompsontimes.

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