Vote yes on county parks levy

July 31, 2013

By Administrator

As it’s had to do since 2002, the King County Parks Department is asking for money to help support parks maintenance and the acquisition of new parkland.

Voters should approve the property tax levy.

The county no longer funds parks from its general fund budget. It still pays for essentials like transportation, public safety, health, law enforcement, courts and sewers. Parks, however, is largely on its own.

About two-thirds of parks money comes from this levy. The proposed levy replaces a pair of expiring levies, and comes with a substantial tax hike. The owner of a $600,000 home will see taxes go from about $80 to $112 per year – a 41 percent increase.

The money is worth it. As the county becomes more and more dense, preserving and maintaining open spaces and recreational activities becomes more important than ever. The county maintains 26,000 acres of parks and more than 175 miles of trails.

In the Sammamish vicinity, the county parks include Klahanie Park, Soaring Eagle Park, Duthie Hill Park, Cougar Mountain Wildlands, Marymoor Park and more. The parks system also includes regional gems such as the King County Aquatic Center, Woodland Park Zoo and Sammamish River Trail. Parks are a necessity. Maintaining them is a necessity. Vote yes on Proposition 1.

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