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October 26, 2008 at 6:43 PM

Seattle’s Proposition 2: Parks Levy

Don’t forget

An off-leash dog area for Queen Anne and Magnolia will be developed with $140,000 if Proposition 2 passes [“Seattle voters will decide fate of $146 million parks levy,” Politics & Government, Oct. 23].

The Times’ list of Seattle parks levy projects failed to include these two critically needed and long-awaited projects that will satisfy the needs of thousands of Queen Anne and Magnolia dog owners.

— Sharon LeVine, Seattle

What have they done for us lately?

While everyone supports better parks for Seattle, now is not the time to pass a new $146 million property-tax levy.

According to the Seattle Parks Web site, only about 70 of the 100 projects promised in the year 2000 pro-parks levy have been completed. Only about 15 projects were completed last year, so there is still about a two-year backlog of unfinished projects at the average and current rate of completion.

Seattle Parks and Recreation should complete the projects that we were promised, and give the citizens a full account of what was accomplished compared with what was promised, before we commit to more.

I personally am still waiting for the $441,600 Green Lake shade garden, which the Web site says will be complete in “Summer, 2007.” When I see it complete, then I will support a new parks levy.

— Jeff Howard, Seattle

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