Board endorses city ballot measures

October 28, 2008

By Staff

The Issaquah School Board endorsed ballot measures for two cities at its Oct. 22 meeting. 

The first endorsement was in favor of a resolution supporting Sammamish’s 2008 Park Bond and Levy, propositions 1 and 2 in the city’s general election.If approved, the $19 million bond would create new recreational facilities. Prop 1 includes the purchase of the existing King County Library in Sammamish for a recreation center, development of a waterfront park along Lake Sammamish, converting grass athletic fields to turf at Pine Lake Middle School, improving East Sammamish Park, constructing a Beaver Lake Vicinity Trail and purchasing land for a community park in the northeast portion of the city, according to the city’s Web site. 

Prop 2 on the Sammamish ballot includes lifting the levy tax lid to help pay for an additional $310,000 in annual programming and operations associated with parks and recreation. 

The second endorsement was in favor of a resolution supporting Bellevue’s 2008 Levy for City Parks and Natural Areas or Proposition 1.

The levy would cost about 12 cents per $1,000 of assessed value of a home. The new measure has a tax rate less than the average tax rate associated with the expiring 1988 levy, which had an average tax rate of 17 cents per $1,000 assessed value, according to the city’s Web site. 

School board members unanimously approved both resolutions.

Voters will approve or reject them Nov. 4.

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