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City Council Resolves to Place Levy Measure Before the Voters

July 11, 2018 - After weeks of exhaustive deliberation, and informed by an outside peer review of the City’s financial forecasts, the Mercer Island City Council voted 6 to 1 on Tuesday night to proceed with a public vote on a property tax levy increase.
Citing the importance of letting voters decide for themselves on preserving the services delivered by the City, Mayor Debbie Bertlin stated:  “In our recent satisfaction survey, an overwhelming percentage of residents (79%) stated that they are satisfied with the quality of City services. Now, they will have a clear opportunity to reinforce that at the ballot box.”
The levy lid lift would allow the City to maintain current service levels without significant cuts to popular safety net and quality of life programs, and cost the owner of an average Island home (median assessed value of $1.20 million) approximately $300 in the first year. In order to minimize the size of the levy, Council also directed staff to implement efficiency measures throughout the six-year duration and draft a financial sustainability plan going forward. Full details of the proposed levy language will be available by 5:00pm this Friday (July 13) when agenda materials are assembled for the Council meeting next week on Tuesday, July 17.
In addition, the Council is seeking volunteers for the pro and con committees for the proposed levy lid lift ballot measure. These committees submit statements in favor of, and in opposition to, the ballot measure for the local voters’ pamphlet. The statements are to be submitted directly to King County Elections by 4:30 p.m. on August 14, 2018. Rebuttal statements are due August 16, 2018.
Email Ali Spietz (, Assistant to the City Manager, if you are interested on serving on the pro or con committee. Please indicate interest by Monday, July 16, 5:00pm. The Council will make the appointments at the July 24, 2018 Council meeting.
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