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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

October 12, 2008 at 6:38 PM

Bellevue parks levy

City losing revenue

So, what The Times editorial board is saying [“Bellevue Parks, yes!,” editorial, Oct. 10] is to support our parks levies, when parks like 60 Acres South, purchased in 1968 with voter-approved bonds, are being turned over to a private, for-profit group for 30 years with zero income revenue to the city?

This is The Times’ idea of why we should support the parks levy? You will not have my vote!

— Doug Brusig, Seattle

Maintain Bellevue parks

For more than 50 years, Bellevue has been committed to enhancing and maintaining our city park system. Our beautiful neighborhood and downtown parks create an identity that Bellevue residents are proud of, and it enhances our lives.

As a realtor, I know the value parks and recreation areas bring to cities and neighborhoods. Having the funds available to buy choice property to make available for parks, rather than seeing more development, is what makes Bellevue special.

This levy will complete and enhance existing parks and playing fields, as well as make the development of new parks and natural areas possible.

The Bellevue parks levy continues the work begun in 1988 by the expiring parks levy. This levy is an extension of the other at a much lower cost to taxpayers. The 1988 levy cost an average of 17 cents per $1,000 assessed value, while the 2008 levy will cost an average of 12 cents.

I urge you to vote in favor of this levy to continue the tradition that has made Bellevue known as a “city in a park.”

— June Griffiths, Bellevue

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