60% Voter Approval Required for Passage
November 5, 2013
Proposition 1 is not a tax increase – it would renew Si View’s current levy for one year. Proposition 1 would keep Si View Community Center, parks, pool, and over 300 recreation programs operating by restoring Si View’s existing levy in the amount of 28 cents/$1000 of assessed value for one-year, maximum length allowed by law.
In 2011 voters protected a portion of the levy for six years (25 cents/$1000 of assessed value) from being automatically re-allocated to other taxing districts in King County. Proposition 1 is a one-year Operations & Maintenance Levy that would restore the remaining portion of 2012 and 2013-level funding (28 cents/$1000 of assessed value). Without restoring the levy, Si View faces significant reductions in operations for 2014 including Si View Community Center, parks, pool and recreation programs. The projected reduction in funding without levy renewal amounts to over $540,000 or 52% less revenue than in 2013.
The levy does not include capital projects. Recent Si View Community Center Restoration and Si View Park Improvement Projects were fully financed by voter approved bonds from 2010 and grant funds from a King County Youth Sports Facilities Grant.
Proposition 1: Not a Tax Increase Measures Would Restore Existing 2013-level Funding for Si View
$1.02 million2013 EXISTING
2013 Operation Funding
Level of Funding
For day-to-day Operations and on-going Maintenance of Si View Community Center, parks, pool, playgrounds & playfields and 300+ youth and adult recreation/sports programs, summer camps, and community events including Farmers Market, Summer Concerts, Family Nights, Halloween Haunted House, Holiday Bazaar, Festival at Mt. Si.
$1.02 millionIf Voters APPROVE
2014 Operation Funding
Protected portion of Si View's current levy from being re-allocated to other taxing districts in King County. Approved by voters in 2011..25 cents / $1000
Existing levy remaining for Si View after re-allocation to other districts in King County.+ .00 cents / $1000
Prop. 1 - One-year Operations levy restores remaining amount of 2013 funding that will otherwise be cut.+ .28 cents / $1000
=$1.02 m. Funding= .53 cents / $1000
(If passed, total 2014 same as 2012 & 2013)
$ 0.48 million ($481,872)If Voters REJECT
2014 Operations Funding
Existing levy remaining for Si View (approx. 48% of current funding). Result: $481,872 = 52% cut from current Operations and Maintenance funding..25 cents / $1000
• 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.