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File #: 2021-0207    Version:
Type: Motion Status: In Committee
File created: 6/1/2021 In control: Local Services Committee
On agenda: Final action:
Enactment date: Enactment #:
Title: A MOTION relating to a property tax levy for 2022 through 2027 for the purpose of providing for the safety, preservation, maintenance and operations of King County's road system.
Sponsors: Reagan Dunn
Indexes: King County, levy, Property Tax, Roads, Taxes
Attachments: 1. 2021-0206_2021-0207_RoadsLevy_SR_Final, 2. 2021-0207_ATT3_AmdT1_Final, 3. 2021-0206_2021-0207_ATT4_Revised LLL 8-Year Spending Plan (5-21-21), 4. Roads LLL DLS Presentation 6-22-21, 5. 2021-0206_2021-0207_RoadsLevy_REVISEDSR
Staff: Bowman, Nick
Title
A MOTION relating to a property tax levy for 2022 through 2027 for the purpose of providing for the safety, preservation, maintenance and operations of King County's road system.
Body
WHEREAS, 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, and
WHEREAS, unincorporated King County roads support more than 1 million trips every day, including people traveling to work, school and recreation, businesses, farmers delivering goods and services and emergency responders reaching people who need assistance, and
WHEREAS, 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, and
WHEREAS, 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 county's capacity to maintain, improve and replace aging and failed components of the bridge and road system, and
WHEREAS, for the benefit of all King County residents, in June 2021, Proposed Ordinance 2021-0206 was introduced, which would submit to the qualified electors of unincorporated King County a property tax levy on a November 2021 special election ballot for the purpose of preserving, maintaining and operating King County's road system, and
WHEREAS, if such a measure is placed on the November 2021 ballot and the voters approve the measure, it is possible, but not certain that junior taxing districts like Vashon hospital and Vashon cemetery district may lose revenues due to the limit...

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