by: Henry Rosoff Updated:
SEATTLE - Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is pushing a plan he said would permanently ensure proper funding for the parks.
Murray is asking the city council to allow taxpayers to vote on if they want a new special tax district formed to fund the parks.
The tax district would have the authority to charge property owners $0.42 for every thousand dollars of home value. For example, a $400,000 house would be taxed 168 dollars.
That plan would raise about $54 million in new parks taxes each year. The tax district could charge up to $0.75 in the future and would be monitored by an appointed citizen group according to Murray.
The 2014 parks budget is $135 million, with an additional $37 million unspent from 2013. Murray’s plan would ensure funding levels for the park stay about the same despite any new income from a tax district.
The mayor said he believes people would pass the tax if it got through the council. KIRO 7 spoke with people in parks Thursday who both supported and were against the idea of a tax district.