NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency), Pacific Marine Center on Lake Union
1801 Fairview Avenue East
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Can Seattle Afford to Renew the Housing Levy?
Seattle voters will be asked to approve a $145 million housing levy on the November ballot. The measure is expected to cost the owner of a $430,000 home $79 a year in property taxes over the seven year life of the levy (an increase from the previous levy that cost that homeowner $49 annually).
The monies raised will contribute to the production of at least 1600 additional units of low-income housing in our community. If the measure passes, it would be the fourth successive seven-year levy garnering voter approval since 1988. Over $200 million has been raised from past levies, which produced over 4000 low-income units. Without this critical resource, literally thousands of folks would have been rendered homeless and/or forced out of our communities due to rising rents and displacement. But, in these difficult economic times, can residents afford the cost? Come hear details about the proposed levy from those most knowledgeable about the proposal.
The June meeting will also include our monthly Round Robin of issues and projects in your neighborhood. It is your opportunity to brief our citywide membership about what you are working on and to share perceptions on what is going right and what isn’t with our city government.
If you have informational materials you would like distributed at the meeting, please email electronic copies or links to Jeannie Hale at email@example.com.
7:00 Call to Order and Introductions
1. Changes to the agenda
2. Treasurer’s report
3. President’s report
7:15 Can Seattle Afford to Renew the Housing Levy?
8:00 Round Robin
1. Neighborhood Planning Advisory Committee—Status Report: How well are the City’s 24 neighborhood plans responding to issues such as growth, transportation, housing, economic development, open space, public safety and other issues?
2. Multi-Family Code Update
3. Other issues/projects
NOAA is a federal facility on high security alert, so attendees must enter by the security gate and may need to present photo ID. If you haven't attended a recent Federation meeting, please send your name, contact information, and address to firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the entry list. No e-mail? Call 206-365-1267. The building is ADA compliant, with ample parking in front.