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Proposition 1 - Public Safety Operations, Streets & Parks Maintenance Levy


City of Snoqualmie Proposition 1 was approved by Snoqualmie voters in the general election of November 2012.

Following are facts and information about Proposition 1 and what it will provide to the ongoing level of public safety, streets and parks maintenance in Snoqualmie.

Facts and Background
Snoqualmie has been the fastest growing city in Washington for the last decade, dramatically increasing demands on public safety, parks and recreation facilities, and city streets and roads. (2001 Population: 3,417; 2012 Population 11,320)

In 20122, Snoqualmie police officers, fire fighters, and emergency medical technicians responded to more than 7,000 calls in an average time of 4 to 6 minutes. That’s a 40% increase in calls over the past 10 years.

Ten years ago, the city had 3 police officers for every 1,000 residents and today, there are only 1.27 officers per 1,000 residents, despite a significant increase in the number of 9-1-1 emergency calls. Since 2003, the Snoqualmie Fire Department has not added any new firefighters. The Police Department has only added one officer during the same period.

Situation and City's Response
Snoqualmie’s increase in population has dramatically added to the demand for public safety and maintenance of city parks, recreation facilities, and streets. Since 2001, costs for basic city services have increased annually by approximately 3%, yet during the same time, the city has only increased property taxes by a maximum of 1% annually as required by state law. 

To maintain current services, the City of Snoqualmie responded with a series of aggressive steps to reduce city spending including a hiring freeze on new positions, elimination of cost-of-living increases for management, savings in health and insurance costs, and cuts in capital equipment for fire, public works, and parks departments. Despite these steps, city costs exceed revenues to maintain the same levels of service for public safety and maintenance of our parks and streets. 

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN PROPOSITION 1?
The levy will allow the city to maintain the current levels of public safety for police, fire, and emergency medical response. The measure will also fund basic maintenance of parks, trails and natural areas, and address deteriorating streets and sidewalks.

The measure can fund the following current city services.

Police and Fire Protection

• Police officers, fire fighters, and emergency medical technicians for Basic Life Support
• “No Call Too Small” and average response times of 4 to 6 minutes
• Add an additional firefighter
• 911 Emergency Response Operations
• Training to meet current safety standards
• Disaster Emergency Management (floods and winter storms)
• Police and  Fire Station operations
• Emergency vehicles and medical equipment maintenance
• Volunteer Fire Fighter Program Management

Parks, Trails and Natural Areas

• Basic maintenance of parks, trails, and natural areas
• Maintenance of playfields and playgrounds to meet safety standards and community expectations
• Maintain watering, weed control, mowing, trash removal, and regular cleaning of picnic areas and restroom facilities

Streets Maintenance and Safety Improvements

• Basic maintenance and repairs of streets and sidewalks to avoid more costly repairs in the future
• Coordination of road repairs with sewer and water improvements to minimize disruption and save in costs

Cost of Proposition 1

The measure would cost 24 cents per $1,000 of assessed value annually.
• The cost for the homeowner of a $413K home would be about $99 per year, or about $8 per month. 
• The cost for the homeowner of a $200K home would be about $50 per year, or about $4 per month.


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OFFICIAL BALLOT TITLE

Proposition 1

Public Safety Operations,
Streets and Parks Maintenance Levy

The City of Snoqualmie, WA adopted Ordinance No. 1097 concerning public safety, and maintenance of streets, parks and natural areas.  This proposition would fund basic public safety, including operations affecting 911 emergency response times, police officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians for Basic Life Support; street maintenance and safety improvements; and preservation of parks, trails and natural areas. It increases the City’s property tax rate by up to $0.24/$1,000 to a total of $2.99/$1,000 for collection in 2013 as allowed by RCW 84.55.  This levy rate shall be used to calculate subsequent levy limits.

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For more information, please contact Joan Pliego, City of Snoqualmie Communications Coordinator/PIO, at jpliego@ci.snoqualmie.wa.us or call 425-888-1555 ext. 1125.

 

     
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