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  Committee Name, Address, Phone Number & Contact Person
  Yes on Proposition One
  PO Box 1727
  Seattle, WA 98111
  Phone: (206) 340-0399
  Contact: Dean Neilsen
   
  Ballot Issue Contested
  For the following Ballot Title:

Proposition 1
(Seattle Center and Community Centers)

Ballot Title

To improve the Opera House and replace the Seattle Center Flag Pavilion, and to build, replace, or expand nine Parks Department community recreation and activity centers and build two new neighborhood civic centers, shall Seattle lift the regular property tax limit in RCW 84.55 to permit collecting $72,000,000 in up to eight years, no more than $19,000,000 any year, setting maximum regular property taxes for 2000 collection at $3.52/$1,000 assessed value, pursuant to Ordinance 119522?

Voter-Pamphlet Explanation

The Proposal

Ordinance 119522 asks the voters of Seattle to authorize additional regular property taxes to be collected for up to eight years (2000 through 2007) to provide up to $72,000,000, of which no more than $19,000,000 may be collected in any one year. These funds would be used to pay for improvements at Seattle Center, community centers, and for other neighborhood centers.

The improvements to be funded by Proposition 1 fall into two major components: the Seattle Center component and the Community Centers component.

The Seattle Center component consists of the seismic upgrade and comprehensive renovation of the Opera House (including a reconfiguration of the Mercer Arena to provide a home for the ballet and opera during construction) and the replacement of the Flag Pavilion with a new Festivals Pavilion and open space. Up to $36,000,000 of the additional taxes raised through Proposition 1 would be used for this component.

The Community Centers component consists of the construction or remodeling of community centers, development of neighborhood civic centers, and funding of neighborhood gathering places. Up to $36,000,000 of the additional taxes raised through Proposition 1 would be used for this component.

The individual elements of the Community Centers component are listed in Attachment B to Ordinance 119522. They are:

  • building a neighborhood service center in Ballard;
  • leasing or purchasing space (and build-out of that space if required) for community gatherings and activities in Belltown;
  • adding meeting, multi-purpose, and kitchen space to the High Point community center;
  • funding community center and gathering space in the International District as part of Phase II of the Village Square project;
  • adding a gymnasium to the Jefferson Park community center;
  • building a neighborhood service center in Lake City;
  • building a community center (including acquisition of land if required) in Northgate;
  • renovating Building 47 at Sand Point to a community center;
  • adding a gymnasium to the Southwest community center;
  • demolishing the existing community center and building a new community center in Yesler (conditioned on the Seattle Housing Authority providing suitable land for its construction at a nominal cost); and
  • adding meeting, multi-purpose, and kitchen space to the Van Asselt community center.

The estimated cost of each of the elements of the Community Centers component is stated in Attachment B to Ordinance 119522. Attachment C to Ordinance 119522 sets out the expected allocation of additional taxes between the two components for each of the eight years; unless fewer additional tax dollars are available in a particular year than shown in Attachment C, a ¾ vote of the City Council is needed to change the annual allocation in Attachment C by more than 5%.

The total allocation of funds may not be shifted between the two components, but the City Council may, by a ¾ vote, add an element to, delete an element from, or change the scope of an element in the Community Centers component.

Existing Law

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.

Effect of This Measure, If Approved

If Proposition 1 is approved, Seattle would be authorized to levy up to $72,000,000 for the Seattle Center and Community Center purposes described above and in Ordinance 119522. These additional regular property taxes could be collected in annual amounts of up to $19,000,000 for up to eight years beginning in 2000, so long as the total collected does not exceed $72,000,000.

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 $0.18 per $1,000 that falls within this exception. If Proposition 1 is approved by the voters, the effective regular property tax limit for taxes due in 2000 would be approximately $3.52 per $1,000.

After the expiration of Proposition 1, property taxes would be limited by the 106% 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 passed in General Election
   
  Complete Text of Ballot Issue Contested
  ORDINANCE__________

AN ORDINANCE relating to additional regular property taxes for Seattle Center, community center, and other neighborhood center improvements; providing for the submission to the qualified electors of the City at the general election on November 2, 1999, 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 RCW 84.55.010 for the purposes of making improvements to the Seattle Center Opera House, replacing the Seattle Center Flag Pavilion with a new Festivals Pavilion and open space, building and remodeling community centers, developing neighborhood civic centers, and funding neighborhood gathering places; providing for interim financing pending tax receipts; and creating a new fund.

WHEREAS, in 1990 the City Council adopted the Seattle Center 2000 Plan, a Master Plan to guide the redevelopment of Seattle Center; and

WHEREAS, in 1991 the voters of the City of Seattle authorized a "Seattle Center and Community Center" levy lid lift under the provisions of RCW 84.55.010 to make capital improvements at Seattle Center to begin implementation of Phase I of the Seattle Center 2000 Master Plan and to build five new community centers; and

WHEREAS, the projects authorized by the voters have been completed; and

WHEREAS, the Seattle Center 2000 Master Plan, as updated, identifies several other important capital projects, including substantial upgrades to the Opera House for its continued use as a quality performance space, and replacement of the Flag Pavilion; and

WHEREAS, in 1996 the City Council commissioned the creation of a comprehensive action plan for the redevelopment of certain Seattle Center facilities including the Opera House; and

WHEREAS, the Department of Parks and Recreation's Comprehensive Plan identifies a desire for new, expanded, and remodeled community centers; and

WHEREAS, the citizens of 37 Seattle neighborhoods are in the process of completing neighborhood plans; and

WHEREAS, the existing Seattle Center and Community Center levy lid lift expires at the end of 1999; and

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

WHEREAS, the City has provided by Council Bill 112682 for the issuance of Limited Tax General Obligation debt to provide further funding for the redevelopment of the Opera House, contingent upon voter approval of the levy lid lift authorized by this ordinance; NOW, THEREFORE,

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY OF SEATTLE AS FOLLOWS:

Section 1. 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 1999 through 2006 for collection in 2000 through 2007, respectively, for the sole purpose of raising up to Seventy-Two Million Dollars ($72,000,000) in aggregate over a period of up to eight (8) years, to provide for improvements to the Opera House at Seattle Center, replacement of the Seattle Center Flag Pavilion with a new Festivals Pavilion and open space, construction or remodeling of community centers, development of neighborhood civic centers, and funding of neighborhood gathering places. The proposition shall be limited so that the City shall not levy in any year more than Nineteen Million Dollars ($19,000,000) 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 2007 for collection in 2008 and in later years shall be computed as if the limit on regular property taxes had not been increased under this ordinance.

Section 2. Use of Taxes. Up to Thirty-Six Million Dollars ($36,000,000) of the additional taxes authorized under this ordinance shall be used for the combined purposes of redeveloping the Opera House at Seattle Center and replacing the Seattle Center Flag Pavilion with a new Festivals Pavilion and open space (together, the "Seattle Center component"), as more fully described as elements in Attachment A. Up to Thirty-Six Million Dollars ($36,000,000) of the additional taxes authorized under this ordinance shall be used for the combined purposes of construction or remodeling of community centers, development of neighborhood civic centers, and funding of neighborhood gathering places (together, the "Community Centers component"), as more fully described as elements in Attachment B. The additional taxes shall be allocated each year between components as shown in Attachment C or within five percent (5%) of the amounts shown, unless the City Council, by three-fourths (3/4) vote, determines otherwise. If insufficient additional taxes are available to allocate each year between components as shown in Attachment C, the available additional taxes shall be allocated as the Council may direct. Funds and appropriations unexpended at the end of any budget year shall automatically be carried over to the next budget year. An element may be added to or deleted from Attachment B, or have its scope changed, only by an ordinance amending Attachment B, and passed by three-fourths (3/4) vote of the City Council. However, in no case shall funds authorized for the Seattle Center component be shifted to the Community Centers component, nor shall funds authorized for the Community Centers component be shifted to the Seattle Center component.

Section 3. Application of Proceeds. The additional taxes authorized under this ordinance shall be deposited into the 1999 Seattle Center/Community Centers 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 authorized in this ordinance. The portion of taxes allotted to the Seattle Center component shall be deposited into a Seattle Center Subfund within the Fund, and the portion of taxes allotted to the Community Centers component shall be deposited into a Community Centers Subfund within the Fund. The Finance Director is authorized to create other funds, subfunds, or accounts as may be needed to implement the purposes of this ordinance.

Section 4. 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 5. Election - Ballot Title. The King County Director of Records and Elections, as ex officio supervisor of elections, is hereby directed to submit to the qualified electors of the City the proposition set forth below at the City general election on November 2, 1999. 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 ____________

SEATTLE CENTER AND COMMUNITY CENTERS

To improve the Opera House and replace the Seattle Center Flag Pavilion, and for community centers, neighborhood civic centers and gathering places, shall Seattle lift the limit in Chapter 84.55 RCW on regular property taxes to permit collecting Seventy-Two Million Dollars ($72,000,000) in up to eight years, no more than Nineteen Million Dollars ($19,000,000) in any one year, setting maximum regular property taxes for 2000 collection at $3.52/$1,000 assessed value, pursuant to Ordinance __________?

o Levy, Yes

o Levy, No

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

Section 6. 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 7. 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 _____ day of _______________, 1999, and signed by me in open session in authentication of its passage this _____ day of _______________, 1999.

___________________________________
President of the City Council

Approved by me this _____ day of _______________, 1999.

___________________________________
Mayor

Filed by me this _____ day of _______________, 19____.

___________________________________
City Clerk


ATTACHMENT A

Seattle Center component elements*

 

 

Name

Maximum Funding from Levy Lid Lift Taxes

(Thousands)

 

Scope

Opera House**

$29,000

Seismic upgrade and comprehensive renovation of the facility. This element includes the reconfiguration of the Mercer Arena to provide a home for the ballet and opera during reconstruction.

Flag Pavilion

$7,000

Demolition of the 17,000 sq. ft. Flag Pavilion, and its replacement with an approximately 14,000 sq. ft. Festivals Pavilion on the same site but partially below grade. This element includes creation of additional open space and green space as part of the re-development of the International Fountain Mall.

 

 

* It is not the City’s intent to bear the costs of any additional interim financing that might be sought due to delays in raising non-City funds, when compared to the timing for raising non-City funding for this component shown in Attachment C.

 

** By separate ordinance, the City expects to commit up to $8,400,000 in funds to the Opera House, to be raised through the issuance of Councilmanic bonds, if voters approve this levy lid lift. The City’s total financial contribution to this element will not exceed this $29,000,000 plus the $8,400,000 in Councilmanic bonds, plus interest earned on those principal amounts.

It is not the City’s intent to consider using the City’s debt capacity or financing through the City’s consolidated cash pool, or any components thereof, to cover any shortfalls in anticipated non-City funding shown in Attachment C.

It is not the City’s intent to use City funds to pay for any portion of cost overruns.


ATTACHMENT B

 

Community centers component elements

 

Name or Location

Anticipated Project Costs*

(Thousands)

 

Scope

Yesler Community Center**

$6,636

Demolition of the existing facility, and construction of a full service community center.

Jefferson Park Community Center

$2,463

Addition of a gymnasium to the existing facility.

High Point Community Center

$3,700

Addition of meeting and multipurpose space, commercial kitchen, and related spaces to the existing facility.

Sand Point Community Center

$3,091

Renovation of Building 47 to a full service community center. This element may include limited use of the existing pool.

Belltown Center

$1,910

Leasing or purchasing of space in the Belltown area, and the buildout of that space, if required, to accommodate community gatherings and activities.

International District

$2,100

Funding community center and gathering space facilities as a part of Phase II of the "Village Square" project.

 

 

 

** Funding of the Yesler Community Center is conditional on the Seattle Housing Authority providing suitable land for its construction at a nominal cost.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name or Location

Anticipated Project Costs*

(Thousands)

 

Scope

Northgate Community Center

$8,206

Building a full service community center, including the acquisition of land if necessary.

Southwest Community Center

$2,348

Adding a gymnasium to the Southwest community center.

Van Asselt Community Center

$3,925

Adding meeting, multipurpose, and related spaces, and a commercial kitchen to the existing facility.

Ballard Civic Center

$1,010

Building the neighborhood service center component of the Ballard Civic Center.

Lake City Civic Core

$1,010

Building the neighborhood service center component of the Lake City Civic Core.

 

 

* These figures are the City’s best estimate at this time of the likely cost to complete the elements as envisioned, including inflation and financing cost.

 


 

ATTACHMENT C

SOURCES OF FUNDS

 

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Total

Taxes for Center

$16,000

$11,800

$8,200

$0

$0

$0

$0

$0

$36,000

Taxes for Community Centers

$2,500

$4,700

$7,800

$8,000

$8,000

$2,000

$2,000

$1,000

$36,000

LTGO Debt for Center

$0

$0

$ 8,400

$0

$0

$0

$0

$0

$ 8,400

State

$0

$0

$6,000

$6,000

$0

$0

$0

$0

$12,000

County

$0

$0

$2,500

$2,500

$0

$0

$0

$0

$5,000

Private Funding (1) for Center

$23,000

$16,000

$9,100

$9,000

$0

$0

$0

$0

$57,100

(1) Excluding Interest Earnings

 
 
 
 
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