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Council News Release

9/11/2007  9:56:00 AM
Ann Corbitt, Rasmussen Office, (206) 684-8808

Councilmember Tom Rasmussen
Councilmember Sally Clark
Councilmember Richard McIver

Housing Committee members seek public input from neighborhood groups on proposal

SEATTLE - Councilmembers Tom Rasmussen, Sally Clark and Richard McIver have added FOUR more dates to meet with neighborhood groups in order to solicit public input on proposed changes to the Citys Multi-Family Tax Exemption Program for affordable housing. The Mayor wants to make the tax exemptions available to a wider range of development projects in more areas of the city. Councilmember Rasmussen, Chair of the Housing, Human Services, and Health Committee, said, We are careful stewards of the publics tax dollars. Since this proposal shifts taxes from one group of taxpayers to another, it needs close scrutiny. Councilmember McIver said, This program is currently targeted very carefully to impact the areas where development is most needed. We need to consider the impact of the geographical changes that the Mayor is proposing. Councilmember Clark said, The Council will look closely to determine whether the Mayors proposal delivers the public benefits that are being promised.

WHO: Councilmembers Tom Rasmussen, Sally Clark and Richard McIver
WHAT: Dialogue on changes to the Multi-Family Tax Exemption program
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12: Ballard District Council, 7 pm, at the Ballard Library, 5614 22nd Ave. NW
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18: City Neighborhood Council Neighborhood Planning Committee, 6:30 pm, in the community meeting room in the Seattle Police Departments West Precinct building at 8th and Virginia.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19: Delridge District Council, 7 pm, at a different location that usual, the Youngstown Cultural Center (Delridge Way SW/SW Genesee)
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26: Southeast District Council, 6 pm, Rainier Community Center, 4600 38th Ave. S.


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