Bellevue Parks Levy (2008)

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The Bellevue Parks Levy or Proposition 1 was a legislatively referred measure in King County in the city of Bellevue The goal of the levy was to renew an expiring tax levy for the Parks Department in the amount of $40.5 million dollars. That money breaks down into $0.12 per $1,000 of assessed value, or approximately $71.00 per year on the average Bellevue home.[1][2]
  • Yes: 35,240 (67.03%) Approveda
  • No: 17,337 (32.97%)


It is against the law to use tax dollars to encourage citizens to vote for more taxes, but the city Parks Department is under investigation for doing just that. The Parks Department paid $25,000 for a telephone poll targeting only registered voters asking how much they would be willing to pay in higher taxes, both of which are violations of the state Public Disclosure Commission. The PDC has filed an official complaint against the Bellevue City Parks Department.[3] Director Patrick Foran and Fiscal Manager Doug Sanner are specifically mentioned as suspects in the complaint.[4]

External links


  1. Council endorses parks levy, City of Bellevue press release, October 7, 2008
  2. Parks levy will be placed on Nov. ballot, Bellevue, October 11, 2008
  3. Did Bellevue break the law in push to pass parks levy? (dead link), KING 5 News, October 20, 2008
  4. Bellevue Parks officials under investigation for allegedly promoting parks levy, Bellevue, October 21, 2008

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