Letters to the Editor

Parks levy just a Band-Aid

Here are two possible solutions to the King County parks problem:

1. Instead of proposing yet another property tax increase on our excessive existing taxes, why not take a vote on what parks to keep open and maintain and those that could lie dormant until the economy returns to a more normal state.

2. Pick a park, sell it to a developer and build an apartment complex. The additional revenue would more than adequately fund the remaining parks, pools, trails, etc.

If this tax increase were to actually be voted in, it would not stop at the end of six years and would remain a fixture on our property taxes regardless of the county’s economy. Once voted in, the insatiable appetites of the tax-to-the-limit folks would leave it there forever and, of course, the 5-cents-per-$1,000 of the property’s value would have to be increased tenfold. After all, the 5-cent levy is just a temporary Band-Aid.

Patricia Almquist

Auburn

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