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File #: 2020-0111    Version: 1
Type: Motion Status: Lapsed
File created: 2/25/2020 In control: Local Services Committee
On agenda: Final action: 2/1/2021
Enactment date: Enactment #:
Title: A MOTION relating to a property tax levy for 2021 through 2026 for the purpose of providing for the safety, preservation, maintenance and operations of King County's road system.
Sponsors: Reagan Dunn
Indexes: levy, Property Tax
Attachments: 1. 2020-0110_0111_RoadsLevy_SR, 2. 2020-0110_ATT3_Levy Use Scenarios
Staff: Bowman, Nick
Drafter
Clerk 02/25/2020
Title
A MOTION relating to a property tax levy for 2021 through 2026 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, the executive's 2019-2020 proposed budget identified that beginning in 2025, the road services division will not have sufficient revenues to make any capital investments in the preservation of the road system and thereafter, maintenance and operations funding will begin to decline, and
WHEREAS, for the benefit of all King County residents, in February 2020, Proposed Ordinance 2020-0110 was introduced, which would submit to the qualified electors of unincorporated King County a property tax levy on an August 2020 special election ballot for the ...

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