The Municipal League Foundation today released positions supporting both King County’s Proposition 1 and City of Seattle’s Proposition 1 to appear on the November 6 General Election Ballot.
The Municipal League Board voted to SUPPORT King County Proposition 1, funding the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS), noting that it is a proven, successful regional tool to aid law enforcement and enhance public safety at a time when crime against property and persons is rising in King County. The Muni League acknowledged that some would rather see this funded through King County’s general fund but they drew a distinction between AFIS, which has consistently been funded with levies, and other recent levies which have shifted core funding to levy funding. The Muni League has consistently discouraged such funding shifts.
The Muni League Board also voted in SUPPORT of City of Seattle Proposition 1 to fund the Alaskan Way Seawall. The League urges voters to take action and approve this critical public safety investment. Investing in the seawall will protect the safety, mobility and economy of Seattle’s waterfront and downtown and will fund much-needed improvements to publicly owned piers that are currently unsafe and unusable. The timing of the project is particularly important and will help facilitate coordinated construction schedules and limit disruptions to waterfront businesses and commerce.
Ballot recommendations are determined by citizen volunteers who study the issue and review information on all sides. The recommendations are then reviewed and approved by the Municipal League Board of Trustees, whose focus is on promoting effective government.