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24
Jul
2017

The Seattle Budget – A Looming Crisis?

Seattle Budget May Face a Looming Crisis Three main sources of revenue could be hit by a “perfect storm,” forcing hard decisions for policymakers Our challenge: What would candidates for Mayor and City Council do? Full Report Seattle, July 24, 2017 – The City of Seattle could face a “perfect storm” of sharply declining revenues in […]

5
Oct
2016

Proposition 1 – Sound Transit 3

Municipal League Foundation Recommendation: Vote “Yes” on Proposition 1 – Sound Transit 3 The Transportation and Ballot Issues committees of the Municipal League met on September 22, 2016 to hear presentations by opponents and supporters of the proposed expansion of Sound Transit services that would be made possible by approval of Proposition 1. At the […]

19
Jul
2016

Ballot Issues Committee August 2016: Recommendation on City of Seattle Initiative Measure No. 1—Building and Operation of a Mile-Long Elevated Park on Alaskan Way

Municipal League of King County Recommendation on City of Seattle Initiative Measure No. 1—Building and Operation of a Mile-Long Elevated Park on Alaskan Way August 2, 2016 Primary Election Ballot Summary of Measure Initiative No. 123 seeks to put in place an alternative to the City of Seattle’s existing waterfront redevelopment plan. This summary first […]

19
Jul
2016

Ballot Issues Committees August 2016 Recommendation for Proposition 1: Seattle Housing Levy

MUNICIPAL LEAGUE OF KING COUNTY   Proposition 1: Seattle Housing Levy   August 2, 2016 Primary Election Ballot   Summary of Measure: City of Seattle Proposition 1 sets out a proposed 2016 Housing Levy that would be a successor to the 2009 levy that expires this year and to four other previous Seattle housing measures […]

12
Oct
2015

2015 Education Committee Report

The Munileague 2015 Education Committee Report is now available. King County’s 19 school districts range from urban, to suburban, to rural, and from a size of over 50,000 students in Seattle to just 42 students in Skykomish. The Municipal League Foundation’s Education Committee wanted to understand the characteristics and the challenges facing school districts countywide, […]

28
Sep
2015

2015 Ballot Recommendations

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 […]

27
Jul
2015

Welcome Mark Melroy, Our Newest Board Member

We are pleased to welcome our newest board member, Mark Melroy, to the Muncipal League Board! Mark currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer for the Washington State Attorney General’s Office.  In this role, Mark manages all budgetary and financial operations of the office, which has an annual operating budget in excess of $125M, a […]

3
Nov
2014

Correction to a fact used in our Ballot Issues overview.

On October 22, 2014, the Seattle Times published an opinion piece by the Municipal League regarding Seattle Proposition 1.  This piece stated that King County Metro’s costs have increased roughly twice as fast as inflation in recent years.  This statement requires correction.  Between 2008 and 2013, Metro’s inflation adjusted cost per bus service hour increased […]

14
Oct
2014

Municipal League of King County Recommendation on Creation of a City Transportation Authority for Public Monorail Facilities

Municipal League of King County Recommendation on Seattle Citizen Petition 1—Creation of a City Transportation Authority for Public Monorail Facilities   Summary of Measure Seattle Citizen Petition No. 1 seeks funding to create a City of Seattle transportation authority known as the Century Transportation Authority (CenTran), a government authority that would plan, construct, operate and […]

14
Oct
2014

Municipal League of King County Recommendation on Proposition 1 – Seattle Transportation Benefit District

Municipal League of King County Recommendation on Seattle Proposition 1—Seattle Transportation Benefit District November 4, 2014 General Election Summary of Measure Seattle Proposition 1 seeks additional funding for Metro Transit service benefitting the City of Seattle. According to the explanatory statement accompanying the proposition, these funds would be used for three primary purposes. First, the […]

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