Opinion

Initiative 747 would affect Valley cities

The Snoqualmie Valley Cities Association is concerned about the possible offset of Initiative 747 that will be on the Nov. 6 ballot. The association is made up of elected officials from the four Valley cities, Carnation; Duvall; North Bend; and Snoqualmie, but does not officially represent them.

Initiative 747 would, if passed, limit the annual property tax levy for cities of less than 10,000 population (all four cities) to one percent. Under present law, cities under 10,000 may increase property taxes annually by up to six percent. Actually, the average increase for these cities is 5.19 percent.

Cities generally rely on this tax revenue for services such as police, fire, libraries, parks and recreation, human services and street maintenance. Cities are at this time developing their budgets for 2002. Actually they are developing two budgets, one projecting a property tax increase of up to six percent, the other to one percent.

Because of our concerns, we urge the citizens of all four cities to study the issue and be concerned about your city's budget and the quality of services your city can afford to provide you. Be a part of the decision by voting on Nov. 6.

Fuzzy Fletcher

President

Snoqualmie Valley Cities Association

(Editor's note: Fuzzy Fletcher is the mayor of Snoqualmie.)

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