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File #: 2020-0110    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Lapsed
File created: 2/25/2020 In control: Local Services Committee
On agenda: Final action: 2/1/2021
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 August 4, 2020, 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 2021 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 2026 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
Indexes: Elections, King County, levy, Taxes
Attachments: 1. 2020-0110_0111_RoadsLevy_SR, 2. 2020-0110_ATT3_Levy Use Scenarios, 3. 2020-0110_ATT4_2020 Election Dates Memo
Staff: Bowman, Nick
Drafter
Clerk 02/25/2020
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 August 4, 2020, 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 2021 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 2026 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 people 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 county's capacity to maintain,...

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