Dear Si View MPD Residents and Supporters,
Thank you for your strong support of Proposition 1. Proposition 1 restores approximately half of Si View’s current funding levels for 2013 and required 60% approval rate for passage. Despite these tough economic times, district voters supported Si View and the results are both gratifying and humbling. Your vote of con.dence is a truly valued gift. You have chosen to invest in your local community and keep tax dollars here, providing the financial resources necessary to operate over 300 diverse recreation programs and to maintain Si View Community Center, Park and Pool.
NOT A TAX INCREASE - RESTORES EXISTING LEVY AMOUNT
60% Voter Approval Required for Passage
In 2011 district voters overwhelmingly approved Propositions 1 and 2 to protect Si View’s funding from an 84% cut due to re-allocation of existing levy to other taxing districts in King County, a process known as pro-rationing. Prop. 1 protected a portion of Si View’s levy for six years, through 2018. Prop. 2 was a one-year operations and maintenance levy to restore the remaining portion of 2011 level funding.
With the one-year operations and maintenance levy expiring, Si View faces a 51% cut in funding unless voters restore the levy. Proposition 1 would keep Si View Community Center, parks, pool and over 300 recreation programs operating by restoring Si View’s existing funding in the amount of 27 cents/$1000 of assessed value for one-year, the maximum length allowed by law.
The operations and maintenance levy does not include capital projects. The current Si View Community Center Restoration and Si View Park Improvement Projects are financed by voter approved bonds from 2010 and grant funds from a King County Youth Sports Facilities Grant.
• Levy and Funding Breakdown
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For Proposition 1 there are two different scenarios for voter approval. If at least 60% of the voters vote "yes" with a voter turnout of more then 40% of the number of people voting in the last general election, the measure passes. However, if the voter turnout is 40 percent or less of the number voting in the last general election, all is not lost. In that case, as long as the number of "yes" votes is equal to at least 60% times 40% of the number of people voting in the last general election, the measure will pass.
Tax Exemptions for Seniors & Disabled:
Homeowners age 61 or over, or those permanently retired due to disability, may qualify for a complete exemption from all local voter-approved property taxes, including all school bond and levy taxes. In addition, the assessed value of one's home is frozen at the time they qualify. To learn if you qualify and how to apply, call the King County Assessor's Office at 206-296-3920, or visit their website by clicking here.