A couple of things to note about tonight's BEX IV meeting at Eckstein at 6:30 p.m.
One, the meeting is an hour-and-a-half. That's not much time at all.
Two, they generally take at least five minutes to introduce all the staff and Board members. Then, they feel the need to explain BEX when really, they could just refer people to the website for that basic information. People attending want to talk turkey and I urge the staff to keep their remarks to a minimum.
Three, folks, if you get up to speak, please have your comments/questions thought out. I believe there will be many who want to speak and, in particular, ask questions.
Also, the Times had a story about the City putting forth a library levy in August to fund cut-backs to this system. At the end of the article, they noted all the pending levies, both city and county. I have to say there may be definite voter fatigue by the time they get to BEX IV and the Operations levies in Feb. 2013. And, these two will be the biggest amount asked for by any entity. Very worrisome.
Potential future ballot measures
The city of Seattle, King County and Seattle Public Schools all have additional property-tax measures that could be sent to the voters over the next five years.
Year Jurisdiction Measure
2012 City Library levy $123M
City Seawall waterfront $250M (estimate)
City Fire Facilities (expires)
County Juvenile Justice Center $200M
County Automated Fingerprint Information Systems (renewal)
2013 County Medic 1 emergency medical services (renewal)
County Parks open space (renewal)
Seattle School district Operations/BEX IV, up to $1.3B
2014 City Parks open space (renewal)
City Pike Place Market (expires)
2015 City Bridging the Gap transportation levy (renewal)
2016 City low-income housing (renewal)
School District operations/BTA levies