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August 4, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Seattle Prop. 1: More time needed before deciding Park District

Seattle’s Proposition 1 should not be the subject of a special election [“Is a Seattle Park District the best way to fund parks?” Opinion, July 12]. No urgency is apparent. Much further discussion is needed before voters approve a new independent taxing authority. Rejecting the proposition provides the necessary time.

Seattle parks and the environment are reasons that I chose to end my active Naval service and stay here. I have enjoyed (and suffered) regularly established property assessments that have had the effect of increasing my first property tax bill from under $300 a year to over $900 a month for 2014. My 2015 assessment increases my current assessment by 14 percent.

The King County voter’s pamphlet points out that the new authority would be forever and that it would have taxing authority without public vote.

Proposition 1 threatens my financial burden with little prospect of enhancing my park pleasures.

Reject Proposition 1.

John Longfield, Seattle

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