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I voted “yes” on Redmond propositions 1 and 2 and hope my fellow Redmond citizens will do the same. Passage of these two measures is essential to helping Redmond maintain its current character as a safe, livable city with wonderful parks and green space amid a period of rapid growth.
Community Events, July 2015
As a former mayor who cares greatly about public safety, parks and open space and our transportation options such as sidewalks for getting around Redmond, I never thought I’d have to take a position that could be construed as being against them. What I am against is unwarranted and irresponsible tax increases: Proposition 1 and Proposition 2. Basics like public safety and transportation maintenance should be funded first. Why aren’t our substantial, increasing tax resources sufficient to cover such priorities? Because our current city leaders have been spending in the wrong ways, the wrong places.
I would like to take this opportunity to correct a misrepresentation about King County property taxes. In a recent letter to the editor, a correspondent stated “keep in mind property values have increased significantly in the last year so local governments have revenue cushions.”
Vote “no” on Redmond propositions 1 and 2. Asking the already over-taxed residents to support a property tax increase to enhance public safety is a violation of public trust and decency.
Until Tuesday, Aug. 4 at 8 p.m., you have the opportunity to vote on two Redmond levies that support maintenance and enhancements to parks, public safety and the infrastructure that makes our city function on a daily basis.