How to pay for ‘Move Seattle’? Mayor announcing transportation levy tomorrow

When Mayor Murray announced the “Move Seattle” plan back on March 2nd (WSB coverage here), he said financing for its projects/goals would be announced later. Now, according to a media advisory we just received from the mayor’s office, “later” arrives tomorrow. The mayor will gather Wednesday morning southeast of downtown with councilmembers, SDOT director Scott Kubly, and unspecified-as-of-yet “community leaders” to announce a proposed transportation levy for the November ballot – successor to “Bridging the Gap,” which expires this year. We’ll be there too.

8 Replies to "How to pay for 'Move Seattle'? Mayor announcing transportation levy tomorrow"

  • West Seattle Hipster March 17, 2015 (3:46 pm)

    Underwhelmed with the projects that are being planned.

  • KT March 17, 2015 (4:32 pm)

    Let’s see ….. the first “Bridging the Gap” Levy was proposed/passed in 2006 for 9 yrs @ 365million. How much and how long this time? On top of the existing “Low Income Housing” levy, “Families and Education” levy, “Libraries for All” levy, the Seawall levy, Parks District levy,and a Pre-school levy (if I have missed something I apologize). Let’s not forget the new .1% sales tax increase (after increases of .2% in 2000 and and .1% in 2006) + $40 car tab increase for bus service. Pile it on!

  • Peter March 17, 2015 (5:38 pm)

    KT, that’s all because of the draconian state and federal cut over the past decade. In order to maintain services, localities have to pick up what the state and Feds are no longer paying, and aren’t going to resume paying in any imaginable future.

  • Chris March 17, 2015 (7:10 pm)

    “I like to pay taxes. With them I buy civilization.”
    – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

  • cj March 17, 2015 (9:31 pm)

    Seattle or any city anywhere near its size is always going to have transportation issues. IMHO it should always have priority. Things get really messy and dangerous when transportation solutions are put off.

  • Jeff March 18, 2015 (1:06 am)



  • Zen master March 18, 2015 (6:43 am)

    KT you are right… But don’t forget the new garbage police who will be snooping through our garbage and fining is now for putting garbage in them…$1 per infraction now but I predict the one trick pony city counsel will raise that quickly…

  • Mat March 18, 2015 (2:35 pm)

    Good reminder Peter.

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