Councilmember Tom Rasmussen
Council President Richard Conlin
Councilmember Tim Burgess
Councilmember Nick Licata
Councilmember Jean Godden
Councilmember Bruce Harrell
COUNCIL SENDS PARKS LEVY TO BALLOT
Voters will decide six-year, $145 million levy on November 4
SEATTLE – The Seattle City Council today unanimously voted to place a six-year, $145 million Parks and Green Spaces Levy on November’s ballot.
Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, chair of the Parks and Seattle Center Committee, said, “This levy will fund parks and playgrounds in neighborhoods across the city. Now it is up to the people to vote on these investments in their neighborhoods.”
Council President Richard Conlin said, “Parks are the affordable place to reconnect with nature and renew our spirits. As more families and people come to Seattle, we must be leaders in ensuring that we have places to breathe and communities that are livable.”
The Council voted in favor of a levy package that would fund acquiring parks and green belts; developing safe playgrounds, athletic fields, trails, and skate parks; creating new green space on reservoir lids; funding environmental projects like forest and stream restoration, shoreline access, and community food gardens; and renovating and restoring existing park buildings and facilities.
Councilmember Tim Burgess said, “Parks are the only city function that has specific funding sources reserved in the City Charter. This levy allows the people of Seattle to decide their vision for parks in the 21st century.” Councilmember Nick Licata said, “Some parks are places for quiet contemplation; Others are full of the bustling activity of athletes on playfields and children on playgrounds. This levy gives all those users and others an opportunity to express their political will.” Councilmember Jean Godden said, “The Emerald City draws energy from its green spaces. That energy has resulted in a decision being placed before the voters.” Councilmember Bruce Harrell said, “The parks have been important to me as an athlete, a coach, a mentor, a parent and a citizen. That’s why I’m pleased to give Seattle a choice on this levy.”
The Parks and Green Spaces Levy will appear on the November 4, 2008 ballot for City of Seattle voters. It will require a simple majority to pass.