2015 Ballot Recommendations

28
Sep
2015

The Municipal League Foundation today released recommendations on King County Proposition 1, King County Charter Amendment 1, Seattle Proposition 1, and Seattle Initiative 122.

The Municipal League Foundation Board voted to support King County Proposition 1 (Best Starts for Kids). The Municipal League believes that an investment in King County’s children and their families as outlined in this proposal is a worthy and cost-effective measure. Because the competitive bids for services will largely go to already-established, community organizations, there is ample reason to trust that funds will be well-spent on proven programs and experienced human service providers. The Municipal League is further persuaded that providing services early on to children at risk will help forestall greater problems down the road, including outcomes that are much more costly to society such as involvement in the criminal justice system (currently 75% of the county budget).

Full Summary with arguments for and against can be found here: Munileague 2015 King County Prop. 1 Recommendation

The Municipal League Foundation Board supports King County Charter Amendment 1 (Citizen Oversight of Law Enforcement). The Municipal League believes that a system of strong and independent oversight is required for effective County law enforcement, and that the Charter Amendment provides the structural foundation for the Office of Law Enforcement Oversight to provide meaningful, independent oversight over the King County Sheriff’s Office.  The Municipal League therefore recommends voting YES on King County Charter Amendment 1.

Full Summary with arguments for and against can be found here: Munileague 2015 King County Charter Amendment No. 1 Recommendation

The Municipal League Foundation Board voted to oppose Seattle Proposition 1 (Move Seattle). The Municipal League believes that an investment in Seattle’s Transportation System is necessary but this proposal lacks specifics. An improved measure would include actual projects to be completed, measurable success metrics to be displayed on a public facing website, and a shorter duration.

Full Summary with arguments for and against can be found here: Munileague 2015 Seattle Prop. 1 Recommendation

The Municipal League Foundation Board supports Seattle Initiative I-122 (Honest Elections). The Municipal League has been a strong advocate for public financing of campaigns as a means of ensuring a relatively level playing field where candidates with broad-based support have a fair chance to compete with better-funded opponents.  The Municipal League also supports the removal of barriers to political participation by historically underrepresented communities.  While the Municipal League has significant concerns about the specific approach I-122 takes to addressing these goals, it recommends voting YES on I-122.

Full Summary with arguments for and against can be found here: Munileague 2015 Seattle Proposition I-122 Recommendation

 

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