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CITY OF SHORELINE, WASHINGTON
(SHORELINE TRANSPORTATION BENEFIT DISTRICT)
PROPOSITION 1
SALES AND USE TAX FOR
SIDEWALK AND PEDESTRIAN IMPROVEMENTS

The City Council of the City of Shoreline, Washington adopted Resolution 430 concerning a sales and use tax to fund sidewalk transportation improvements. If approved, this proposition would authorize a sales and use tax of 0.2% within the City pursuant to RCW 82.14.0455, for a term of 20 years, to repay indebtedness issued from time to time to construct, maintain, rehabilitate, repair and/or preserve sidewalks and pedestrian improvements in the City in order to improve pedestrian access and safety and/or the condition and life cycle of the City’s sidewalk pedestrian system.

Should this proposition be:
Approved     [   ]   
Rejected       [   ]

Explanatory Statement

When Shoreline became a city in 1995, it had approximately 53 miles of sidewalks. The City, primarily through grant funding, and private developers have added approximately 22 miles of sidewalks since then. Proposition 1 represents an effort to accelerate sidewalk improvements through a dedicated funding source. All of the revenue generated by the additional sales tax will be dedicated to the repayment of indebtedness issued from time to time to fund the costs of sidewalk improvements in the City, with the majority expected to be going toward the construction of new sidewalks. A list of sidewalk improvements is contained in Resolution 430. If approved, Proposition 1 will authorize an additional retail sales and use tax of two-tenths of one percent (0.2%) of the selling price, increasing overall sales tax in Shoreline from 10.0% to 10.2% for a period of twenty years. This increase is expected to equate to 1¢ of additional sales tax for every $5 of taxable purchase or use within the City.