City The Battle Over the Pro Parks Levy
posted by January 17 at 11:54 AMon
As I wrote in this week’s paper, there’s a battle shaping up over whether—and how—to renew the $270 million Pro Parks Levy, which funded capital and operations investments in parks, open space, and community centers. Council president Richard Conlin wants to renew the levy (for capital investments only; operations would be paid for out of the general budget) and make new investments in Pike Place Market and Seattle Center; Mayor Greg Nickels wants to focus on Seattle Center and Pike Place Market only.
Tonight at 5:30 p.m. at the Central Library, the Seattle Great City Initiative is hosting a forum titled “Post Pro-Parks: What is Seattle’s Next Round of Green Infrastructure Investments?”, with panel members including City Council parks committee chair Tom Rasmussen, Seattle Parks Foundation member Bruce Blume, and Open Space Seattle 2100 co-director Nancy Rottle. Great City head Michael McGinn says the group is supporting renewal of the Pro Parks Levy; if the last forum they held at the library (on Seattle’s role in reducing global warming) was any indication, it should be an interesting discussion.