What happens if Prop 1 fails?

 

we will still get more sidewalk.

Our network of sidewalks will continue to grow regardless, especially with all the new development in the next 20 years. As the Yes on Prop 1 campaign explains, the City has been adding sidewalk every year by using developer fee in lieu of sidewalk construction, pursuing federal and state grants, adding sidewalks to street repair projects (like the upcoming N 175th Street project, which was actually the #1 project on the Prop 1 list until someone pointed out that it was already funded) and redirecting unused and reprioritized funds towards sidewalks. Prop 1 is just a sort of expensive short term turbo boost for sidewalks that we pay off for 20 years. With a few changes in priorities, and by paying as we go instead of getting bonds and paying interest, we could get the same done for less in 20 years.

The sidewalk issue won’t go away.

Proposition 1 was the City’s first attempt to bring sidewalk funding to a vote, and they did so because so they hear a lot from residents about sidewalks in general. So they very likely won’t walk away from this. A failed Prop 1 just sends the City back to the drawing board.

A no vote is maybe a voice against a new sales tax.

If you vote no Prop 1 because you don’t want a new sales tax, we understand. The sales tax is a regressive tax. At 10.2%, it would be the highest sales tax in King County, higher than Seattle’s. It would cost an average household $80/year. A sales tax was voted the least preferred option for funding city projects in the 2018 City of Shoreline Citizen Satisfaction Survey. And 25% of the children living in Shoreline don’t have enough to eat, much less the money to buy a lot of school supplies and clothing that will be taxed by Prop 1. And the City is soon going to ask for more money for a new recreational center. There are a lot of reasons to reject a new sales tax.

Further, the City quietly voted in a new B&O tax last year that goes into effect in 2019, and this money was not earmarked for anything in particular. It was voted in by Council as a new source of revenue for the City, estimated to bring in about $1,000,000 a year. This is about about 1/3 of the annual revenue of Prop 1. You and local businesses will be paying this tax. If sidewalks are such a big priority, it makes a lot of sense for the City to allow a real discussion about the use of some of the B&O tax revenue towards sidewalks in neighborhood centers where businesses are.

A no vote is not necessarily a vote against sidewalks.

if you’re waffling on whether to vote no on Prop 1 because you want a better plan for the next 20 years, but you aren’t opposed to paying for it, vote no and then tell City Council why you voted no by emailing council@shoreline.gov. They would love to hear from you.