A Citizens’ Guide to Move Seattle, the Special Levy for Transportation
Mayor Ed Murray and city leaders want a special $930 million property tax levy to increase transportation spending. The new property tax would nearly triple the tax burden of the levy it would replace. The proposal would increase regressive taxes and fall hardest on the poor, working families and elderly people living on fixed incomes. It would increase the cost of living in Seattle, reduce social and economic equity and widen the income gap in the city. Under Move Seattle, core city services would continue to rely on temporary special taxes, while increasing levels of regular tax revenue is spent on other, less popular programs. Officials should pause and design a street-repair program that is less costly to Seattle families, more realistic and focused, and more likely to be carried out as promised.