2006 Seattle Elections
General Elections Voters' Guide
Proposition 1 - Transportation Funding - Statement Against and Rebuttal
Statement Against Proposition No. 1
FIXING ROADS IS A CORE FUNCTION OF GOVERNMENT AND SHOULD BE PAID WITH EXISTING REVENUES
Voter-approved special levies should be for extras, not essential services.
Seattle government is taking a basic, essential service - road maintenance – something citizens expect to be funded from their existing tax burden - and telling voters they won’t get it unless they vote for a special levy. That is horrible public policy. It forces voters to pay twice for basic services.
A Seattle Times columnist said voters were being played for “chumps.”
If we vote yes, City Hall will see it as a “green light” to put other essential services on the ballot. It’s a Pandora’s box that shouldn’t be opened.
THEY’LL USE THESE FUNDS TO FILL THE FUNDING GAP FOR THE VIADUCT/TUNNEL
Nickels and the Council broke their promise to have a public vote on the viaduct/tunnel after cost estimates radically increased. They say they won’t use this levy for the viaduct/tunnel but why should we believe them? They’re billions short, not including financing and cost overruns (Boston’s Big Dig Tunnel cost $15 billion).
This levy will be a slush fund for the viaduct/tunnel.
LARGEST TAX INCREASE (LEVY-LID LIFT) IN SEATTLE HISTORY
Property taxes are skyrocketing even with voter-approved limits. This unprecedented proposal removes these voter-approved limits and compounds every year with increases over six times higher than current law allows, HURTING BOTH RENTERS AND HOMEOWNERS.
Even with voter-approved limits, Seattle’s crushing property tax burden is forcing working-class folks and fixed-income senior citizens to leave the city. This massive increase will drive away more.
SEATTLE SHOULD BE A CITY FOR EVERYONE, NOT JUST RICH PEOPLE
Seattle’s citizens already pay billions each year in regular taxes. On top of those, voters have approved special levies for schools, libraries, and parks. More tax increases are coming, including a $14 billion regional tax.
Tax-increase proponents say “it only costs $160 yearly for the average homeowner.” What they don’t say is the average Seattle family already pays $37,000 in taxes every year, a whopping 44% of family income. Seattle’s citizens are generous but don’t have bottomless wallets.
CITY HALL CAN’T PLEAD POVERTY
In 1996, the city spent $44 million for transportation; in 2006, they spent $177 million. That’s a 302% increase, almost 10 times higher than inflation. They’ve got the money; they just need to make fixing roads a priority.
DON’T BE BLACKMAILED INTO PAYING TWICE
STATEMENT SUBMITTED BY: Jim Coombes, 39-year resident of Seattle, Al Rousseau, 78-year-old grandfather, lived in Seattle all my life, Albert Pong, 16-year resident of Seattle’s Rainier Valley
Rebuttal of Statement Against
Tim Eyman and the other opponents are lying to voters:
Proposition 1 WILL address a backlog of critical street and bridge maintenance, bike and pedestrian programs, and transit investments.
Proposition 1 is an affordable, accountable solution to Seattle’s growing transportation problem.
Join transit and pedestrian advocates, neighborhood and business leaders, unions and conservationists in support of Proposition 1, and Keep Seattle Moving.
STATEMENT SUBMITTED BY: Michael McGinn – Sierra Club, Jessyn Schor – Transportation Choices Coalition, Chuck Ayers – Cascade Bicycle Club