Kent voters to decide whether property tax increase should pay for parks, streets
November 5, 2012 · 3:58 PM
Voters in Kent will decide on Tuesday's ballot whether to approve a property tax increase to pay for park and street repairs.
The City Council voted 4-3 in July to send Proposition 1, a six-year property tax levy increase to voters on the Nov. 6 ballot. The increase of 37 cents per $1,000 assessed property value would cost the owner of a $300,000 home about $111 per year.
The levy would raise about $29 million over six years, $18.3 million for parks and $10.7 million for streets as 23 cents per $1,000 would go to parks each year and 14 cents per $1,000 to streets. The levy would expire after six years. The measure will require a simple majority for approval.
Playgrounds, ballfields, trails and other park amenities will be replaced, refurbished and improved, and 35 different neighborhood street projects will include improved pavement, sidewalks, disabled access and lighting, according to city officials.