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  Committee Name, Address, Phone Number & Contact Person
  Neighbors for Seattle Parks
  PO Box 1727
  Seattle, WA 98111-1727
  Phone: (206) 342-9988
  Email: info@parksforall.com
  Contact: Sheila Stickel
   
  Ballot Issue Contested
  For the following Ballot Title:

Ballot Title


THE CITY OF SEATTLE

PROPOSITION NUMBER 1

NEIGHBORHOOD PARKS, GREEN SPACES, TRAILS, AND ZOO LEVY

The City of Seattle’s Proposition 1 concerns a neighborhood parks, green spaces, trails, and zoo levy.

This proposition would fund improved maintenance and programs of existing parks, including the Zoo; acquisition, development and maintenance of new neighborhood parks, green spaces, playfields, and trails; and out-of-school and senior activities; pursuant to Ordinance 120024. It would lift the RCW 84.55 limit on regular property taxes, allowing $198,200,000 additional taxes over eight years. Up to $23,000,000 could be collected in 2001, that limit increasing 3.1% annually. The 2001 total regular tax limit would be $3.55/$1,000 assessed value. Should this levy lid lift be approved?


City Attorney's Explanatory Statement


1. The Proposal

Ordinance 120024 asks the voters of Seattle to authorize additional regular property taxes to be collected for up to eight years (2001 through 2008) to provide up to $198,200,000 in total. No more than $23,000,000 may be collected in 2001, and that annual limit would increase by 3.1% each year. These funds would be used to pay for acquisition, development, environmental stewardship, maintenance, and programming of new and existing parks (including the Zoo), green spaces, playfields, and trails.

Each year as part of the annual budget process the Superintendent of Parks and Recreation would propose a spending plan and the City Council would appropriate the Proposition 1 funds (the additional taxes and interest earned on those taxes) through the budget. A sixteen-member citizens’ Oversight Committee would review and advise on expenditures and allocations of the Proposition 1 funds. Unless the City Council determines by a 3/4 vote that a natural or economic disaster requires otherwise, the City would have to appropriate annually through 2009 for park and recreation purposes, from sources other than the additional taxes raised through Proposition 1, at least $55,529,044, the same dollar amount that was appropriated from the General Subfund and as a result of Charter-mandated funding for park and recreation purposes in the adopted 2000 budget.

The funding provided by Proposition 1 would be spent through four major categories: (1) Acquisition; (2) Development; (3) Acquisition and Development Opportunity Fund; and (4) Environmental Stewardship, Maintenance, and Programming.

  • The Acquisition Category includes acquisition of specific properties for use as neighborhood parks and specific properties for use as green spaces. The planned acquisitions are listed in Attachment A to Ordinance 120024, which is reprinted in full elsewhere in this voters’ pamphlet. Up to $26,000,000 of the additional taxes raised through Proposition 1 would be used for this category.
  • The Development Category includes development of new and existing neighborhood parks, funding of development projects at specified major park sites, restoration and renovation of existing playfields and facilities, and development of trails and of park properties adjoining historic boulevards, all as specified in Attachment A to Ordinance 120024. Up to $101,584,000 of the additional taxes raised through Proposition 1 would be used for this category.
  • New acquisition or development projects identified by neighborhood or community groups could be funded through the Acquisition and Development Opportunity Fund Category by ordinance, after City Council consideration of recommendations of the Superintendent and the Oversight Committee. High priority would be given to projects in underserved areas of the City, and next priority to areas experiencing population growth (particularly in urban center and urban village locations) and to Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Areas. At least 5.05% of the total additional taxes raised through Proposition 1 (approximately $10,000,000 if all $198,200,000 is collected) would be allocated to the Acquisition and Development Opportunity Fund Category over the life of the Proposition.
  • The Environmental Stewardship, Maintenance, and Programming Category includes maintenance of new parks and green spaces acquired and developed through the other three categories, environmental stewardship of existing properties, enhanced maintenance of existing properties, increased recreational programming for youth and seniors, and increased operational support for the Woodland Park Zoo. Up to $60,615,000 of the additional taxes raised through Proposition 1 would be used for this category.

Within the Acquisition Category, the Development Category, and the Environmental Stewardship, Maintenance, and Programming Category, Ordinance 120024 specifies an allocation of additional taxes and interest for various subcategories of projects and programs, all of which are listed in Attachment A to that ordinance. The total allocation for any subcategory could be changed only by 3/4 vote of the City Council after considering the recommendations of the Mayor and the Oversight Committee. Any allocation left over from an Acquisition or Development subcategory would automatically be transferred to the Acquisition and Development Opportunity Fund Category.

The Superintendent of Parks and Recreation would determine the scope of each project and program, after considering input from the City Council through Resolution 30185, from the public, and from staff. Projects or programs could only be deleted by a 3/4 vote of the City Council after considering the recommendations of the Mayor and the Oversight Committee.

2. The Law as it Exists Now

Under RCW 84.55.010 and 84.55.0101, the Seattle City Council may set the amount of its regular property taxes at no more than the sum of (a) 106% of the highest amount that was or could have been levied in the past three years, plus (b) an amount to account for the value of new construction in the city. This limitation is called the “levy lid.” A majority vote of the electorate is needed to authorize regular property taxes in an amount greater than the levy lid. Lifting the levy lid may be done to fund a particular project, or for a designated period of time, or both. In addition to the levy lid, city regular property taxes are also limited to a maximum of $3.60 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, with the exception of certain voter-approved amounts for emergency medical services and housing for very low-income households.

3. Effect of This Measure, If Approved

If Proposition 1 is approved, Seattle would be authorized to levy up to $198,200,000 for the neighborhood parks, green spaces, trails, and Zoo purposes described above and in Ordinance 120024. These additional regular property taxes could be collected for up to eight years beginning in 2001, with an annual limit that starts at $23,000,000 in 2001 and increases by 3.1% each year, so long as the total collected does not exceed $198,200,000. In 2001, if $23,000,000 were collected, that would result in additional property taxes of approximately $0.36 per $1,000 assessed value.

The City’s total regular property tax levy (including the amount authorized by Proposition 1) would still be subject to the $3.60 per $1,000 of assessed value limit, with the same exceptions noted above. One of the exceptions is for very low-income housing. In 1995 the voters approved a levy of approximately $0.12 per $1,000 for 2001 collection that falls within this exception. If Proposition 1 is approved by the voters, the effective regular property tax limit for taxes due in 2001 would be $3.55 per $1,000.

After the expiration of Proposition 1, property taxes would be limited by the levy lid calculated as though Proposition 1 had not been approved, and by the $3.60 limit with the voter-approved exceptions noted above.

   
  Status of Campaign
  Proposition on ballot in General Election
   
  Complete Text of Ballot Issue Contested
 
ORDINANCE 120024

AN ORDINANCE relating to additional regular property taxes; providing for the submission to the qualified electors of the City at a special election on November 7, 2000, of a proposition authorizing the City to levy regular property taxes for up to eight (8) years in excess of the limitation on levies in Chapter 84.55 RCW for the purposes of improving maintenance and enhancing programming of existing parks, including the Woodland Park Zoo; acquiring, developing and maintaining new neighborhood parks, green spaces, playfields, trails, and boulevards; and funding safe out-of-school and senior activities; providing for interim financing pending tax receipts; creating a citizens’ levy oversight committee; and creating a new fund.

WHEREAS, the Department of Parks and Recreation developed a comprehensive plan (Parks COMPLAN) in 1993; and

WHEREAS, in 1995, the City of Seattle commenced its neighborhood planning process as part of an overall strategy to manage the City's growth through the Comprehensive Plan in response to the State’s Growth Management Act; and

WHEREAS, citizens in 37 designated neighborhood planning areas have been engaged in a grass roots, collaborative planning process with the City over the last four years; and

WHEREAS, residents of the Northgate area prepared a neighborhood plan that was acted upon by the City Council in 1993; and

WHEREAS in Resolution 29984, the City Council directed the Executive to develop generic cost estimates for neighborhood plan requests in major categories, prepare a long-term financial strategy for implementation of neighborhood plan requests and recommend a ballot measure to fund some of these requests in November 2000; and

WHEREAS, the Executive provided generic cost estimates to the Council on April 3, 2000, and identified up to $1.3 billion of capital requests and $35.7 million of operating and maintenance requests made through the neighborhood planning process, including $219 million in capital for parks and open space acquisition, development, maintenance and programming; and

WHEREAS, the Department of Parks and Recreation submitted, and Council approved by Resolution 30181, the Seattle Parks and Recreation Plan 2000, that incorporated many of the parks and open space requests identified in neighborhood plans and reflected additional priority projects and programs throughout the City; and

WHEREAS, in Resolution 29386, the City Council endorsed identifying new governance and funding approaches for the Woodland Park Zoo to meet future objectives relating to improved animal care, security, fundraising, and educational programming; and

WHEREAS, in Resolution 29681, the City Council endorsed the 1997 Joint Athletic Facilities Development Program identifying priority athletic field and gymnasium improvements on City and Seattle School District property consistent with applicable adopted plans and the public process conducted by the Department of Parks and Recreation’s Sportsfield Review Committee; and

WHEREAS, in Resolution 30063, the City Council adopted the Sand Point/Magnuson Park Conceptual Design Plan based on the recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Committee; and

WHEREAS, the City has made a commitment to provide before and after school programs for the City’s youth and identified the role of community center youth programs as an important component of these programs through Project Lift-Off; and

WHEREAS, the recent listing of the Chinook salmon under the Endangered Species Act confirms the importance of preserving greenbelts in watershed areas and creating a vibrant urban environment where environmental preservation and regional ecological health are of primary importance; and

WHEREAS, the Mayor requested and by Resolution 30003 the Council endorsed the convening by the Superintendent of Parks and Recreation and the Chair of the Park Board of the PRO Parks 2000 Citizens' Planning Committee to consider the parks, open space, and recreation recommendations identified in the neighborhood plans, Sand Point/Magnuson Park Plan, Joint Athletic Facilities Development Program, Zoo Commission II and Central Waterfront Master Plans, Arboretum Master Plan, and the Parks COMPLAN and develop a package of parks, open space, boulevards, and recreation projects and programs and strategies for funding this package; and

WHEREAS, the current general fund of the City of Seattle does not provide sufficient resources to implement all of the recommendations called for in the plans set forth above; and

WHEREAS, the PRO Parks 2000 Citizens’ Planning Committee, after being duly appointed and after spending many hours in open meetings, receiving public testimony and deliberating, has adopted a recommendation to the Mayor and the City Council that includes project criteria, allocations of funding by categories, a list of individual projects and programs consistent with the approved criteria, additional property taxes of $200 million (in 1999 dollars) to be raised by a levy lid lift over eight years, and the creation of an oversight committee; and

WHEREAS, the City will seek to leverage funds through collaboration with County, State, and Federal sources and with private and non-profit organizations, including the Seattle Park Foundation, through the development of partnerships for purposes of enhancing the projects and programs funded through the levy lid lift; and

WHEREAS, the Executive provided cost estimates for Neighborhood Plans in 1999 dollars and proposed a levy lid lift of $223 million in nominal terms plus interest earnings over the next eight years to carry out the projects and programs as recommended by the PRO Parks 2000 Citizens’ Planning Committee; and

WHEREAS, the Strategic Capital Agenda adopted by Resolution 30025 in September 1999 envisioned a neighborhood parks and open space ballot measure for 2000; and

WHEREAS, the next regular municipal election is not until November 2001 and submittal of this proposition in 2000 is necessary to reduce the effect of rapidly increasing costs on the projects and programs included in this ordinance; and

WHEREAS, interim financing may be needed prior to the receipt of tax receipts from the levy lid lift proposed in this ordinance; NOW, THEREFORE,

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY OF SEATTLE AS FOLLOWS:

Section 1. Definitions. As used in this ordinance, the following words shall have the following meanings:

"Green spaces" includes but is not limited to open space, greenspaces as defined in Resolution 28653 (also known as the Greenspaces Policy Resolution), and other open areas.

"Neighborhood parks" includes but is not limited to existing parks, new parks identified in neighborhood plans, new parks identified in the Parks COMPLAN, and other properties added to the parks system of the City.

"Playfields" includes but is not limited to existing or new athletic fields, open play spaces, and similar areas, including spectator enhancements such as seating. Playfields does not include facilities designed for professional sports organizations.

Section 2. Levy of Additional Regular Property Taxes - Submittal. The City hereby submits to the qualified electors of the City a proposition as authorized by RCW 84.55.050 to exceed the levy limitation on regular property taxes contained in RCW 84.55.010 for property taxes levied in 2000 through 2007 for collection in 2001 through 2008, respectively, for the sole purpose of raising up to One Hundred Ninety-eight Million Two Hundred Thousand Dollars ($198,200,000) in aggregate over a period of up to eight (8) years to: improve regular and major maintenance and enhance programming of existing parks, including the Woodland Park Zoo; acquire, develop, and maintain new neighborhood parks, green spaces, playfields, trails, and boulevards; and fund out-of-school and senior activities. The proposition shall be limited so that the City shall not levy more than Twenty-three Million Dollars ($23,000,000) in the first year, with that limit increasing annually by three and one-tenth percent (3.1%) compounded annually, in addition to the maximum amount of regular property taxes it could have levied consistent with Chapter 84.55 RCW in the absence of this ordinance. Pursuant to RCW 84.55.050(4), the maximum regular property taxes that may be levied in 2008 for collection in 2009 and in later years shall be computed as if the limit on regular property taxes had not been increased under this ordinance.

Section 3. Use of Funds. Proceeds and interest earnings from the additional taxes levied pursuant to this ordinance shall be applied as follows:

A. Categories: There are four major categories for funding: 1) Acquisition; 2) Development; 3) Acquisition and Development Opportunity Fund; and 4) Environmental Stewardship, Maintenance and Programming. Up to Twenty-six Million Dollars ($26,000,000) of the additional taxes authorized under this ordinance shall be used for the Acquisition category. Up to One Hundred One Million Five Hundred Eighty-four Thousand Dollars ($101,584,000) of the additional taxes authorized under this ordinance shall be used for the Development category. Up to Ten Million Dollars ($10,000,000) of the additional taxes authorized under this ordinance, plus any amounts added pursuant to subsection 3B2 of this ordinance, shall be used for the Acquisition and Development Opportunity Fund category. Up to Sixty Million Six Hundred Fifteen Thousand Dollars ($60,615,000) of the additional taxes authorized under this ordinance shall be used for the Environmental Stewardship, Maintenance and Programming category.

B. Subcategories, projects and programs: The categories are subdivided into subcategories, projects, and programs, as shown in Attachment A. Each year as part of the annual budget process, the Superintendent of Parks and Recreation (the "Superintendent") shall submit a proposed spending plan allocating expected additional taxes and interest earnings among the categories, subcategories, projects, and programs for the coming year. Total funding for each subcategory will be consistent with the amounts identified in Attachment A, unless the City Council by three-fourths (3/4) vote determines otherwise after considering the recommendations of the Mayor and the oversight committee established in Section 5.

1. The scope of each project and program will be determined by the Superintendent after considering the descriptions in City of Seattle Resolution 30185, public input, and staff recommendations. Projects or programs may be deleted only by a three-fourths (3/4) vote of the City Council after considering the recommendations of the Mayor and the oversight committee established in Section 5.

2. Subcategories in the Acquisition category and in the Development category shall be allocated from the 2000 Parks Levy Fund created by Section 4 up to the amounts shown as the respective subcategory allocations in Attachment A. The City may seek supplemental, matching or additional funds from other sources to pay all or part of the cost of a project and, if successful, may apply such funds to accomplishment thereof or to complement or enlarge a project. If all of the projects in an Acquisition or Development subcategory have been completed or deleted, or their estimated levy contributions shown in Attachment A have been fully expended, and additional taxes collected under this ordinance (and any interest earnings thereon) that were allocated to that subcategory according to Attachment A remain unexpended, then those proceeds and earnings shall be added to the Acquisition and Development Opportunity Fund category.

3. Funds allocated to the Acquisition and Development Opportunity Fund category shall be used only as provided in this subsection 3. Of the total additional taxes collected pursuant to this ordinance, there shall in no case be allocated over the course of the eight (8) year period for which the levy lid is lifted less than 5.05% to the Acquisition and Development Opportunity Fund category.

a. New acquisition projects identified by neighborhood or community groups may be funded as part of the Acquisition and Development Opportunity Fund category by ordinance, after City Council consideration of recommendations of the Superintendent and the oversight committee established in Section 5. High priority will be given to acquisitions in presently underserved areas of the City as defined in the Seattle Parks and Recreation Plan 2000, next priority to acquisitions in areas of the City experiencing population growth, particularly those with expected and actual growth in urban center and urban village locations, and to acquisitions in Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Areas.

b. New development projects identified by neighborhood or community groups may be funded as part of the Acquisition and Development Opportunity Fund category by ordinance, after City Council consideration of recommendations of the Superintendent and the oversight committee established in Section 5. Eligible projects include development of or improvements to new or existing parks, playfields, parks facilities, green spaces, and trails and boulevards. High priority will be given to development projects in presently underserved areas of the City as defined in the Seattle Parks and Recreation Plan 2000, next priority to development projects in areas of the City experiencing population growth, particularly those with expected and actual growth in urban center and urban village locations, and to development projects in Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Areas.

4. The Environmental Stewardship, Maintenance and Programming category is comprised of programs as shown in Attachment A. Program scope and the expenditures for this category from the 2000 Parks Levy Fund created by Section 4 will be determined by the Superintendent after considering the descriptions in City of Seattle Resolution 30185, public input, and staff recommendations. The City may seek supplemental, matching or additional funds from other sources to pay all or part of the cost of a program or any component thereof and, if successful, may apply such funds to accomplishment thereof or to complement or enlarge any program.

C. Funds and appropriations unexpended at the end of any budget year shall automatically be carried over to the next budget year.

D. If the additional regular property taxes authorized by this ordinance are approved by the voters, and unless the City Council by a three-fourths (3/4) vote determines that a natural or economic disaster requires otherwise, the City will appropriate annually through 2009 for park and recreation purposes, from sources other than the additional taxes authorized pursuant to this ordinance, at least Fifty-five Million, Five Hundred Twenty-nine Thousand and Forty-four Dollars ($55,529,044), the same dollar amount that was appropriated from the General Subfund and as a result of Charter mandated funding for park and recreation purposes in the adopted 2000 budget.

Section 4. Deposit of Proceeds. The additional taxes authorized under this ordinance shall be deposited into the 2000 Parks Levy Fund, which is hereby created in the City Treasury. Money in that Fund may be temporarily deposited or invested in such manner as may be lawful for the investment of City money and interest and other earnings shall be deposited in the Fund. The additional taxes and any interest or other earnings from their deposit or investment shall be applied solely for the projects and programs authorized pursuant to this ordinance. The Finance Director is authorized to create other funds, subfunds, or accounts as may be needed to implement the purposes of this ordinance.

Section 5. Oversight Committee. The Parks and Green Spaces Levy Oversight Committee ("Oversight Committee") is hereby established to review the expenditure of the additional tax proceeds and resultant interest earnings, to advise upon expenditures and allocations for the following year, and to make recommendations on the implementation of particular projects and programs and on any reallocations. The Committee will meet bi-monthly with the Superintendent or his/her designee, beginning in the calendar quarter following the successful passage of the levy lid lift, unless changed by a majority of the Committee. The Oversight Committee shall consist of sixteen (16) members: six (6) residents of the City representing geographic diversity in a manner to be determined by the City Council by resolution, one (1) member of the Board of Park Commissioners, initially four (4) PRO Parks 2000 Citizens’ Planning Committee members, and the balance to include representation from the diverse constituencies served by and interested in the projects and programs to be funded by the additional taxes raised through this levy lid lift. Eight members each shall be appointed by the Mayor and the City Council respectively. The Mayor and Council shall each appoint two members of PRO Parks Committee to the Oversight Committee. Upon the resignation, retirement, death, incapacity or removal of an Oversight Committee member, the authority appointing such member may appoint a replacement for the balance of the term. All members not appointed by the City Council shall be subject to confirmation by the City Council. Members shall be appointed to three (3) year staggered terms subject to reappointment, except that a third of the body shall be initially appointed for a single year term, a third for a two (2) year term, and a the remainder for a three (3) year term. Members shall be subject to removal by their appointing authority (the Mayor or the City Council) for being absent without good cause from two (2) consecutive meetings, for moving their residence from Seattle, and for other cause. Members shall serve without pay, but may be reimbursed their expenses, including payments for child care while attending meetings. The Oversight Committee will adopt criteria for making its recommendations concerning the Acquisition and Development Opportunity Fund category and will make recommendations to the Superintendent, Mayor, and City Council. The Oversight Committee may adopt rules for its own procedures, including quorum requirements and the frequency of meetings. The Oversight Committee will make annual reports to the Mayor and City Council and will prepare a mid-point report to the citizens of Seattle. The Department of Parks and Recreation shall provide staff and logistical support for the Oversight Committee. The Oversight Committee shall continue in existence through December 31, 2008, and thereafter if so provided by ordinance.

Section 6. Bond and Notes. To the extent permitted by applicable law the City may issue bonds, notes, or other evidences of indebtedness payable wholly or in part from the proceeds of the additional taxes authorized under this ordinance, and apply such tax proceeds to the payment of principal of, interest on, and premium (if any) on such bonds, notes, or other evidences of indebtedness and to the payment of costs associated with them.

Section 7. Election - Ballot Title. The City Council requests that the Director of Records and Elections of King County, Washington, as ex officio Supervisor of Elections, find the existence of an emergency pursuant to RCW 29.13 and call and conduct a special election in the City in conjunction with the state general election to be held on November 7, 2000, for the purpose of submitting to the qualified electors of the City the proposition set forth below. The City Clerk is hereby authorized and directed to certify the proposition to the King County Director of Records and Elections in the following form:

THE CITY OF SEATTLE

PROPOSITION NUMBER 1

NEIGHBORHOOD PARKS, GREEN SPACES, TRAILS, AND ZOO LEVY

The City of Seattle’s Proposition 1 concerns a neighborhood parks, green spaces, trails, and zoo levy.

This proposition would fund improved maintenance and programs of existing parks, including the Zoo; acquisition, development and maintenance of new neighborhood parks, green spaces, playfields, and trails; and out-of-school and senior activities; pursuant to Ordinance 120024. It would lift the RCW 84.55 limit on regular property taxes, allowing $198,200,000 additional taxes over eight years. Up to $23,000,000 could be collected in 2001, that limit increasing 3.1% annually. The 2001 total regular tax limit would be $3.55/$1,000 assessed value. Should this levy lid lift be approved?

Levy, Yes 

Levy, No 

 
 
Those in favor shall vote "Yes"; those opposed shall mark their ballots "No".

Section 8. Severability. In the event any one or more of the provisions of this ordinance shall for any reason be held to be invalid, such invalidity shall not affect any other provision of this ordinance or the levy of the additional taxes authorized herein, but this ordinance and the authority to levy those taxes shall be construed and enforced as if such invalid provisions had not been contained herein; and any provision which shall for any reason be held by reason of its extent to be invalid shall be deemed to be in effect to the extent permitted by law.

Section 9. Effective Date. This ordinance shall take effect and be in force immediately upon its approval by the Mayor or, if not approved and returned by the Mayor within ten (10) days after presentation, then on the eleventh (11th) day after its presentation to the Mayor or, if vetoed by the Mayor, then immediately after its passage over his veto.

Passed by the City Council the 10th day of July, 2000, and signed by me in open session in authentication of its passage this _____ day of _______________, 2000.

Margaret Pageler

President of the City Council

Approved by me this 17th day of July, 2000.

Paul Schell

Mayor

Filed by me this _____ day of _______________, 2000.

Judith Pippin

City Clerk
 
 
 
 
 
 

Attachment A: Allocations For Subcategories, Projects And Programs


ATTACHMENT A

ALLOCATIONS FOR SUBCATEGORIES, PROJECTS AND PROGRAMS


Levy Lid Lift Proceeds
$198,200,000
Estimated Interest Earnings
$ 1,980,000
TOTAL SOURCES OF FUNDS
$200,180,000

 

TOTAL USES OF FUNDS

ACQUISITION
 
The Acquisition category includes acquisition of two types of properties: specific properties for use as neighborhood parks and specific properties for use as green spaces.

Neighborhood Park Acquisition: This subcategory includes the acquisition of properties specifically identified in Neighborhood Plans and other planning efforts. Such properties would generally be developed into new neighborhood and community parks as part of the Development category, described below. Acquisitions include a number of City Light surplussed substations.
 
 
Allocation
Alki Substation-1 Acquisition  
Ballard Park Acquisition  
Bellevue Substation Acquisition  
California Substation Acquisition  
Capitol Hill Park Acquisition  
Central Area Park Acquisition  
Delridge Open Space Acquisitions  
First Hill Park Acquisition  
Green Lake Open Space Acquisition  
Lake City Civic Core Acquisition  
Morgan Substation Acquisition  
North Open Space Acquisitions  
Northgate Park and Ride  
Queen Anne Park Acquisition  
Smith Cove Acquisition  
Sylvan Way Acquisition  
Whittier Substation Acquisition  
York Substation Acquisition  
Total Subcategory Allocation
$16,000,000

Green Spaces: This subcategory includes acquisition of properties to fill gaps in the existing public ownership and preserve continuity within the City's designated Greenspaces (greenbelts and natural areas). Acquisitions will target critical properties in St. Marks, Longfellow Creek, Thornton Creek, Leschi, Me-Kwa-Mooks, Duwamish Head, West Duwamish, East Duwamish and other designated areas. It is anticipated that most of the acquisitions in this category would be eligible for matching grants from state and county sources thereby significantly increasing the amount to be spent on Green Spaces.
 
 
Allocation
Total Subcategory Allocation
$10,000,000

TOTAL FOR ACQUISITION $26,000,000
DEVELOPMENT The Development category includes four subcategories: development of specific neighborhood parks acquired through the Acquisition category and certain other existing Parks properties, development of Major Neighborhood Parks, restoration and renovation of existing playfields and facilities, and development of trails and Parks properties adjoining historic boulevards.

Neighborhood Park Development: This subcategory includes development of specific projects identified in Neighborhood Plans and other planning efforts including some of the City's current park master plans. It includes development of most neighborhood park sites expected to be acquired through the Neighborhood Park Acquisition subcategory.
 
 
Estimated Cost in 2000 Dollars
I-5 Open Space
$1,824,870
37th Avenue S Park
$515,500
4th and Ward Park Development
$126,813
7th Ave NE Street End Development 
$185,580
Alki Bathhouse Improvements
$412,400
Alki Substation-1 Development
$127,844
Ballard Municipal Center Park Development 
$2,474,400
Bellevue Substation Development
$230,944
Bergen Place Park Improvements 
$276,308
Bitter Lake Reservoir Open Space Development
$489,725
Boren-Pike-Pine Park Redevelopment
$824,800
Bradner Gardens Improvements
$222,696
Brandon Mini-Park Development
$515,500
Burke Gilman Area Improvements - University
$103,100
California Substation Development
$587,670
Capitol Hill Park Development
$362,912
Carkeek Park Improvements
$515,500
Cascade Playground
$515,500
Central Area Park Development
$98,976
Colman School Parking Lot Development
$309,300
Columbia Park Improvements
$309,300
Cowen Park Improvements
$618,600
Ravenna Creek Daylighting within Cowen Park
$412,400
Crown Hill School Open Space Development
$902,125
Dexter Pit Park Development 
$611,383
First Hill Park Development
$111,348
Fremont Park Development
$395,904
Gas Works Park Improvements
$979,450
Georgetown Park Development
$335,075
Georgetown Playfield Improvements 
$1,546,500
Golden Gardens Bathhouse Renovation
$1,721,700
Green Lake Open Space Development
$59,798
Green Lake Park- Plaza & Shade Garden

Development

$360,850
Greenwood Greenhouse Site Development 
$1,173,278
Greg Davis Park Development
$67,015
Hiawatha Entry Improvements 
$340,230
Jefferson Park Pathway Development
$515,500
Jefferson Park Tennis Courts 
$499,004
Kubota Gardens
$1,031,000
Lake City Civic Core Development
$788,715
Lake City Mini Park Development
$319,610
Laurelhurst Community Center
$2,577,500
Lincoln Annex Redevelopment
$257,750
Magnolia Elementary Field Improvements
$1,237,200
MLK Park Improvements
$433,020
Montlake Community Center 
$2,989,900
Morgan Substation Park Development
$313,424
Myrtle Reservoir Development
$859,854
North Seattle Park Improvements
$721,700
North Teen Life Center
$515,500
Northgate Park Development
$1,031,000
Orchard Street Ravine Improvements
$154,650
Pioneer Square Area Park Improvements
$893,877
Puget Boulevard Commons Development
$618,600
Queen Anne Park Development 
$269,091
Rainier Beach Public Plaza
$163,929
Rainier Playfield Improvements
$67,015
Ross Park Shelterhouse Improvements
$494,880
Roxhill Park Wetland Development
$412,400
Sand Point /Magnuson Off Leash Area
$700,000
Sand Point /Magnuson P-Patch 
$118,600
Sand Point Building Improvements
$618,600
Schmitz Park Improvements
$515,500
Seward Park Annex Renovation
$618,600
Southwest Community Center Computer Lab 
$103,100
Southwest Community Center-Teen Center
$515,500
Spruce and Squire Park Development
$128,875
University Heights Open Space Improvements
$206,200
Wallingford Playfield Improvements
$824,800
Wallingford Steps Development
$412,400
Washington Park Arboretum
$2,268,200
Westcrest Park Improvements
$515,500
Whittier Substation Development
$84,542
York Substation Development
$103,170
Inflation Allowance
$7,290,000
Total Subcategory Allocation
$52,854,000

Major Neighborhood Park Development Projects: This subcategory includes the following allocation to develop phases of projects at these major park sites or park facilities, to leverage other funding, and includes possible acquisition of Seattle Public Utilities properties.
 
 
Estimated Levy Contribution 
Beacon Reservoir Park Acquisition and/or Development 
$7,100,000
Lincoln Reservoir Park Development
$5,000,000
Sand Point/Magnuson – Wetlands
$3,000,000
South Lake Union Park Development
$5,000,000
Waterfront Connections at Belltown & Lower Queen

Anne 

$3,000,000
Total Subcategory Allocation
$23,100,000

  Playfields and Facilities: This subcategory includes restoration and renovation of existing sportfields and facilities at sites throughout Seattle consistent with the Seattle School District and Department of Parks and Recreation Joint Athletic Facilities Development Plan, as it may be amended from time to time. Fields to be improved are part of a citywide system serving all of Seattle. A significant athletic field project will be undertaken at Sand Point.
 
 
Estimated Cost in 2000 Dollars
Genesee Playfield
$1,206,270
Judkins Playfield
$412,400
Loyal Heights Playfield Improvements
$2,062,000
Meadowbrook Field 
$742,320
Sand Point /Magnuson - Athletic Fields
$9,279,000
West Seattle Stadium Improvements
$1,556,810
Inflation Allowance
$2,613,000
Total Subcategory Allocation
$17,872,000

Trails and Boulevards: This subcategory includes an allocation to improve parklands on historic boulevards, develop key trail links in Seattle’s urban trails system, and improve Lake Washington Boulevard.
 
 
Estimated Levy Contribution
Burke Gilman Trail
$510,000
Cheasty Boulevard Improvements
$1,000,000
Chief Sealth Trail
$2,100,000
Lake Union/Ship Canal Trail
$760,000
Lake Washington Boulevard
$1,000,000
Longfellow Creek Legacy Trail
$100,000
Longfellow Creek Trail 
$250,000
Mountain to Sound Greenway
$2,080,000
Potlatch Trail
$700,000
Queen Anne Boulevard Improvements
$500,000
Total Subcategory Allocation
$9,000,000

TOTAL FOR DEVELOPMENT: $102,826,000

 
 
 

ACQUISITION AND DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY FUND

The Acquisition and Development Opportunity Fund category provides funding to acquisition and development projects identified by neighborhood and community groups.
 
 

TOTAL FOR ACQUISITION AND DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY FUND: $10,000,000
 
 

ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP, MAINTENANCE AND PROGRAMMING

The Environmental Stewardship, Maintenance and Programming category includes five subcategories: maintenance of new parks and green spaces acquired and developed through the Acquisition, Development, and Acquisition and Development Opportunity Fund categories, environmental stewardship of existing properties, enhanced maintenance of existing properties, increased recreational programming for youth and seniors, and increased operational support for the Woodland Park Zoo.

New Park/Green Space Maintenance: This subcategory includes maintenance of properties acquired and/or developed through the Acquisition and the Development categories. It could also include maintenance of properties acquired and/or developed through the Acquisition and Development Opportunity Fund category. As new park properties are acquired and/or as development and improvement projects are completed, this subcategory includes increased maintenance and operations funding thus addressing some of the potential negative impacts on the City's budget for parks and recreation purposes.
 
 
 
 
Allocation In 2000 Dollars
New Park/Green Space Maintenance
$6,273,000
Inflation Allowance
$1,376,000
Total Subcategory Allocation
$7,649,000

Environmental Stewardship: This subcategory includes improvements to the existing park system and green spaces, including enhancements to the urban forest and green spaces, and more educational programming and volunteer opportunities. The total provided below assumes only four months worth of levy funding in 2001.
 
 
 
 
Allocation In 2000 Dollars
Environmental Stewardship Programs
$2,677,000
Landscape and Athletic Fields
$2,420,000
Natural Areas 
$1,173,000
Trees
$2,127,000
Inflation Allowance
$1,304,000
Total Subcategory Allocation
$9,701,000

Enhanced Park and Facility Maintenance: This subcategory includes enhanced service for parks and comfort stations during peak use periods, and additional community center custodial and pool operator capacity to handle increased use and hours of operation. The annual allocations in this subcategory are phased based on the assumption that over the eight years of the levy, the general fund will assume increasingly greater levels of support for the park cleaning, peak use maintenance, and recreational facility cleaning. The total provided below assumes only four months worth of levy funding in 2001.
 
 
Allocation In 2000 Dollars
Recreational Facility Cleaning
$1,073,000
Park Cleaning and Peak Use Maintenance
$3,642,000
Inflation Allowance
$559,000
Total Subcategory Allocation
$5,274,000

 

Recreational Programming: This subcategory includes increases in recreation programming, especially after school and summer youth programs and senior programs. The subcategory includes providing each community recreation center with a staff person devoted to teen (middle school and high school age) programming and each sector of the City with a staff person devoted to programming for senior adults. During the life of the levy, it also includes giving every third and fourth grader in Seattle public schools the opportunity to learn how to swim. The total provided below assumes only four months worth of levy funding in 2001.
 
 
Allocation In 2000 Dollars
Learn to Swim Program
$1,467,000
Out of School and Summer Youth Programs
$12,100,000
Programs for Senior Adults
$1,100,000
Inflation Allowance 
$2,278,000
Total Subcategory Allocation
$16,945,000

Zoo Programming: This subcategory allocates funds to improve environmental education, animal care, research, and conservation at the Woodland Park Zoo.
 
 
$2 Million per year in 2000 dollars, subject to inflation, plus $500,000 each year in nominal uninflated dollars.
   
Major Maintenance
$3,200,000
Animal Care and Health
$3,800,000
Education Programs
$4,000,000
Low-Income School Access Admissions/Transportation 
$3,200,000
24 Hour Zoo Security/Emergency Response
$1,600,000
Repair and Maintenance
$2,000,000
Admissions/Cashiers Accounting
$800,000
Website Support/Fiber Optic Network 
$1,400,000
Inflation Allowance
$1,785,000
Total Subcategory Allocation
$21,785,000

 

TOTAL FOR ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP, MAINTENANCE AND PROGRAMMING: $61,354,000

TOTAL USES OF FUNDS: $200,180,000

 
 
 
 
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