WPC's Center for Government Reform's mission is to partner with stakeholders and citizens to work toward a government focused on its core functions while improving its transparency, accountability, performance, and effectiveness for taxpayers.
Seattle Leaders Choose to Pay for Core Public Amenities with Special Levies, But Will It Work in a Tough Economy?
Paul Guppy, Vice President for Research, October, 2008
This November, people in Seattle are being asked to vote for three new tax increases. Two are proposed by Seattle’s leaders, who are again urging people to accept higher taxes to pay for core public amenities. These are property tax increases for the Pike Place Market ($75 million) and the Parks Department ($145 million). These special levies are presented as limited to six years each, though homeowners know that “temporary” levies for core services have a way of becoming permanent.
Jason Mercier, Director, Center for Government Reform, October, 2008
Imagine the following scenario: It’s the day after the election and you open the morning paper to learn that the next governor won’t be known for weeks. Ridiculous? Unfortunately in Washington that is exactly what voters can expect for at least some of the state’s election races.