Voters approve park bond, narrow contenders for November election

August 6, 2013

By Staff

NEW — 8:30 p.m., Aug. 6, 2013

King County voters approved the park bond by a large margin and narrowed the field for the general election this November.
Votes will still be counted until the Aug. 20 certification, but as of the night of Aug. 6, the park bond passed with 68.9 percent of the vote.
For the owner of a $600,000 home, it will bring a tax increase from $79.86 per year to $112.62 per year, a 41 percent change. The levy will raise $60.7 million in 2014 which will be used for open space preservation, trail building and park improvements.

Since the current parks bonds will expire at the end of this year, the County Council sent a new six-year measure to the voters with a vote of 7-2. Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, representing District 3 and Councilman Reagan Dunn of District 9 voted against it.
Speaking of Reagan Dunn, voters chose him and challenger Shari Song to face each other in a run off for the District 9 council seat in the Nov. 5 general election. Dunn earned 55 percent of the vote so far, with Song earning 34.8 percent and other challenger Kristina Macomber receiving 9.2 percent.
Additionally, County Executive Dow Constantine swept ahead in the primary election with 75.5 percent of the vote, enough to cinch one of two positions for the general election. He will be faced by challenger Alan Lobdell, who squeaked ahead of the other two opponents with 27.4 percent.
King county will continue to post updated results everyday at 4:30 p.m. at kingcounty.gov/elections until Aug. 20.

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One Response to “Voters approve park bond, narrow contenders for November election”

  1. Smoley on August 7th, 2013 9:15 am

    No big surprises in these election results. I can’t remember the last time a levy failed in King County or Issaquah. They probably should have just doubled the levy amount and it still would have passed.

    With the city’s vision of significantly increasing the population density of Issaquah, many new residents will be living in homes that have no yard space so they’ll rely more on the park system. And if towns like Seattle are any indication of what higher population density brings, we’ll need more parks for people with mental and substance abuse issues to ask for spare change or just hang out and entertain our children.

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