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Prop 1 - Parks, Green Spaces, Trails & Zoo Levy

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Introduction
 
Prop 1
Parks Levy

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Rebuttal

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Against and
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Prop 2
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  Statement For
 
  Seattle’s special landscape is more than just a skyline – it’s our parks and open spaces that we enjoy and use so much. Outdoor recreation is an important part of our quality of life and civic identity. Prop. 1 gives us the opportunity to protect that quality of life by preserving, enhancing and expanding our parks, playfields, trails, green spaces and Woodland Park Zoo.

It’s also our chance to support positive youth programs and leave a lasting legacy for our children and grandchildren while we can.

PARKS FOR ALL – IN ALL OUR NEIGHBORHOODS

Based on recommendations from thousands of neighbors and community organizations, Prop. 1 will fund over 100 park projects throughout Seattle, including new or improved park opportunities in every section of the city. It will make sure parks remain open and nearby to all Seattleites, no matter where they live.

Prop. 1 will acquire green spaces, trails, playfields, P-patch community gardens and neighborhood parks in areas where there is a shortage, while improving and maintaining what we have. From the Central Area to Ballard and from West Seattle to Lake City, Prop. 1 will provide greater parks and recreation opportunities for all.

TAKING CARE OF PARKS, TRAILS, & WOODLAND PARK ZOO

Prop. 1 will:

  • Maintain and improve our parks, recreation centers, playfields, gardens, and citywide treasures like the Arboretum, Sand Point/Magnuson Park, and an expanded Jefferson Park.
  • Complete key trails in Seattle, like Burke Gilman Trail, Mountains to Sound Greenway and other bike and pedestrian trails.
  • Provide critical maintenance, animal care and education programs at Woodland Park Zoo.

POSITIVE YOUTH PROGRAMS & PLAYFIELDS FOR ALL AGES

Prop. 1 will expand safe after-school and summer programs for youth as well as recreation opportunities for seniors. It will help meet the growing need for new playfields and improve existing fields across the city. And it will enhance the zoo’s educational programs that reach our young people.

EXPAND AND PRESERVE PARKS & GREENBELTS – WHILE WE CAN

As development intensifies, Prop. 1 will buy property for parks while land is still available. It will acquire threatened green spaces, protect areas along creek corridors and restore wetlands and natural habitats for wildlife.

Prop. 1 is the right direction for our future, our environment and our quality of life. Let’s protect and enhance our parks and recreation opportunities now. YES on Prop. 1.

 
  Statement prepared by:
 
  Kay Bullitt, Neighbors for Seattle Parks, Treasurer
Margaret Ceis, Commuity Parks Advocate, Chair
James Fearn, Neighborhood Pro-Parks 2000, Former Chair
Dave Towne, Woodland Park Zoological Society, President
Neighbors for Seattle Parks
313 Minor Avenue N.
Seattle, WA 98109
Phone: (206) 342-9988
Fax: (206) 382-1224
Email: info@parksforall.com
Website: www.parksforall.com
 
  Rebuttal to Statement For
 
  There is something hypnotically compelling about Seattle’s Park Proposition 1, which offers something for everyone. When reality sets in, voting NO is the only sensible option, considering the proposition’s several adverse consequences.

NEGLECT. Seattle’s park system is already woefully neglected. Giving the City an even larger system to neglect simply doesn’t make any sense. Where will the City get the additional required funds for the new enhanced park system, when funding from this levy runs out? Another levy?

LIABILITY. All of Seattle’s property owners will be unfairly taxed by the “YES” vote of as few as one-third of Seattle’s registered voters. In effect, Proposition 1 will have released Seattle’s officials of any responsibility for this tax.

TAX BASE. Every Proposition 1 purchase of land for parks, trails and open spaces will remove property from the tax rolls, forcing Seattle’s remaining property owners to make up the tax deficit.

 
  Rebuttal prepared by:
 
  Bob Hegamin
Fred Bucke
Phone: (206) 932-6949
Fax: (206) 932-6949 (call first)
Email: politicalintegrity@hotmail.com
Website: http://listen.to/politicalintegrity
 
 
 
 
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