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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

July 17, 2014 at 7:02 AM

Prop. 1 for a parks district: Not the right funding plan

A bicyclist rides around the north end of Green Lake Park early on a fall morning. (Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times)

The Seattle Times was right in its editorial on the proposed Seattle Parks District [“The Times recommends to reject Prop. 1, Seattle’s Park District measure,” Opinion, July 8]. I, and many others, believe this is a bad choice, as I have said to the City Council.

I would be glad to vote for an increased levy over the mayor’s plan.

There will be other levies on the ballot. Many homeowners might not be able to afford all the levies.

This parks-district plan is creating a separate financial entity within the city government to basically run the plan as it sees fit, or not.

Proposition 1 is not the correct financing plan. It is a literal blank check.

Let’s go for an increased regular levy that has a beginning and an end, which might have a better chance of a positive yes vote.

Leonard Larson, Seattle

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