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Sunday, November 4, 2012 - Page updated at 08:30 p.m.
Taxes on ballot for Seattle seawall, county fingerprint system
By Lynn Thompson
Seattle Times staff reporter
Voters in Seattle and King County will be asked Tuesday to approve two ballot measures that would raise property taxes: a $290 million bond measure to reconstruct the aging Elliott Bay seawall on the Seattle waterfront and a $119 million levy renewal for the county's automated fingerprint information system that helps law enforcement solve crimes.
Voters approved two other property-tax levies in August to raise $123 million for library services and $210 million to rebuild the county youth-services center.
Taken together, the four measures would raise the taxes on a median-priced, $360,000 Seattle home by $145.40. Homeowners with the same median-priced house are now paying about $3,660 in property taxes.
Additionally, several King County cities have property-tax increases on their ballots for police, parks, streets, general operating expenses, fire districts and schools. Those measures, and the cost per $1,000 in assessed value, include:
Kent: five-year levy to support parks and streets, $0.37/$1,000.
Kirkland: two permanent levies, one for street maintenance, $0.204/$1,000, and one for parks maintenance and street enhancement, $0.16/$1,000.
Mercer Island: nine-year levy for fire facilities, $0.086/$1,000.
Normandy Park: permanent levy for city services, $0.292 per $1,000.
Snoqualmie: permanent levy for public safety, streets and parks, $0.24/$1,000.
Federal Way School District: six-year capital projects levy to replace Federal Way High School and fund other school upgrades, $0.92/$1,000.
Auburn School District: 20-year construction bond measure to rebuild Auburn High School, $0.76/$1,000.
King County Fire Protection District 20: four-year maintenance-and-operations levy, $0.60/$1,000.
King County Fire Protection District 45: four-year maintenance-and-operations levy, $0.53/$1,000.
Si View Metropolitan Park District: one-year maintenance-and-operations levy, $0.27/$1,000.
Lynn Thompson: 206-464-8305 or firstname.lastname@example.org. On Twitter @lthompsontimes.
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