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File #: 2021-0206    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: In Committee
File created: 6/1/2021 In control: Local Services Committee
On agenda: Final action:
Enactment date: Enactment #:
Title: AN ORDINANCE providing for the submission to the qualified electors of King County at a special election to be held in King County on November 2, 2021, of a proposition authorizing a property tax levy in excess of the levy limitation contained in chapter 84.55 RCW for a consecutive six-year period, at a total rate of not more than $2.25 per one thousand dollars of assessed valuation in the first year for collection in 2022 and limiting annual levy increases by the King County inflation plus population index published by the King County office of economic and financial analysis, or the limitation in chapter 84.55 RCW, whichever is greater in years two through six, and authorizing use of the 2027 levy amount as the base for computing levies in succeeding years, for the purpose of maintaining and operating King County's road system.
Sponsors: Reagan Dunn, Kathy Lambert
Indexes: Elections, King County, levy, Property Tax
Code sections: 84.55 - .
Attachments: 1. 2021-0206_2021-0207_RoadsLevy_SR_Final, 2. 2021-0206_2021-0207_ATT4_Revised LLL 8-Year Spending Plan (5-21-21), 3. Roads LLL DLS Presentation 6-22-21
Staff: Bowman, Nick
Drafter
Clerk 06/01/2021
Title
AN ORDINANCE providing for the submission to the qualified electors of King County at a special election to be held in King County on November 2, 2021, of a proposition authorizing a property tax levy in excess of the levy limitation contained in chapter 84.55 RCW for a consecutive six-year period, at a total rate of not more than $2.25 per one thousand dollars of assessed valuation in the first year for collection in 2022 and limiting annual levy increases by the King County inflation plus population index published by the King County office of economic and financial analysis, or the limitation in chapter 84.55 RCW, whichever is greater in years two through six, and authorizing use of the 2027 levy amount as the base for computing levies in succeeding years, for the purpose of maintaining and operating King County's road system.
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STATEMENT OF FACTS:
1. The county is responsible for approximately 1,500 miles of roads, 182 bridges, 3.4 million linear feet of drainage pipe, over 28,000 culverts, 718 crosswalks and 275 miles of sidewalk in the county's unincorporated areas outside of cities.
2. Unincorporated King County roads support more than 1 million trips every day, including King County residents and visitors traveling to work, school and recreation, businesses, farmers delivering goods and services and emergency responders reaching people who need assistance.
3. The county's road services division designs, builds, operates, and maintains roads, bridges and related road infrastructure to facilitate the movement of goods, services and people through unincorporated King County.
4. The county is experiencing a roads funding crisis due to the impacts of municipal annexations, the 2008 recession, limited gas tax revenues, the effects of voter initiatives, the lack of significant sales and commercial tax revenue from unincorporated areas and an aging bridge and road system. The lack of revenue is significantly impacting the...

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