Last month, Mayor Murray announced a proposal for a nine-year, $900 million levy to replace the existing $365 million Bridging the Gap levy that expires at the end of 2015. The Transportation Levy to Move Seattle proposal focuses on taking care of the basics, maintaining our streets, bridges, and sidewalks, while also investing in the future with improvements that give us more transportation choices to move more people and goods in and around our growing city.
Since introducing the levy proposal, we’ve hosted three open houses in different parts of the city, and presented to numerous community and business organizations, as well as city advisory boards and commissions. We’ll continue these community briefings, and throughout April, will be hosting an additional round of opportunities for the public to learn about the proposal and provide feedback.
Here are ways to participate:
- Take the survey (it is available in multiple languages) to share your transportation priorities at: www.moveseattlesurvey.com
- Participate in an online meeting where you’ll hear from SDOT Director Scott Kubly and have the opportunity to ask questions on Monday, April 20 from 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Please click here to sign up.
- Join SDOT Director Scott Kubly for coffee and informal conversation at one of these local coffee shops:
- Central District: Starbucks 2300 South Jackson on Monday, April 13, 2 to 3 p.m.
- Chinatown/International District: Eastern Café 510 Maynard Ave S on Tuesday, April 14, 8 to 9 a.m.
- Lake City: Kaffeeklatsch Seattle 12513 Lake City Way NE on Friday, April 17, 8 to 9 a.m.
- South Park: Via Vadi Caffèe 8600 14th Avenue S on Monday, April 20, 8 to 9 a.m.
- Fremont: Milstead & Co Coffee 770 N 34th St on Thursday, April 23, 1 to 2 p.m.
Also, be on the lookout for city staff providing information and seeking feedback around the city at farmers markets, community centers, and other public places. For the full list of engagement opportunities and more information on the levy proposal, visit www.seattle.gov/levytomoveseattle.
Mayor Murray will send his final proposal to the City Council in early May, and the Council will discuss the proposal and engage the public throughout the spring. For a levy to be considered for inclusion on the November ballot, the City Council will need to send a final proposal to King County by early August.
Your feedback now will help shape the Mayor’s final proposal. We encourage you to get involved – take the survey, join us for coffee, sign up for email updates, and learn more at www.seattle.gov/levytomoveseattle.
If you have questions or feedback on the levy proposal, please contact SDOT’s Levy Outreach Lead Allison Schwartz at firstname.lastname@example.org or (206) 386-4654.