From: Allison Schwartz, SDOT, Levy Outreach Lead
“Recently, Mayor Ed Murray introduced Move Seattle — his ten-year transportation vision that integrates our long-term plans for walking, biking, transit, and freight. To help make this vision a reality, yesterday the Mayor announced a proposal for a transportation levy to replace the existing Bridging the Gap levy that expires at the end of 2015.
The Transportation Levy to Move Seattle is a draft proposal that focuses on taking care of the basics by maintaining our streets, bridges, and sidewalks, while also investing in the future with improvements that give us more travel choices as we move in and around Seattle.
We’d like to hear your thoughts on the proposal and are encouraging community members to learn more and get involved in a number of ways:
- Learn about the proposal: our website includes a number of materials, including Frequently Asked Questions about the levy proposal, a downloadable brochure (in multiple languages), a video, and a presentation.
- Join the conversation: SDOT is hosting three community conversations around Seattle
- Saturday, March 28:
New Holly Gathering Hall (7054 32nd Ave S, Seattle 98118): 10 AM –12 PM
- Monday, March 30:
Roosevelt High School (1410 NE 66th St, Seattle 98115): 6 – 8 PM
- Tuesday, March 31:
West Seattle High School (3000 California Ave SW, Seattle 98116): 6 – 8 PM
- Take a short survey: We are collecting input and feedback with the Transportation Levy Proposal Priorities Survey
- Find out more at www.seattle.gov/LevytoMoveSeattle
The public engagement period for the levy proposal will run through April, and Mayor Murray will need to send his final proposal to the Seattle City Council in May. The City Council will need to submit a final levy proposal to King County be early August for it to be on the ballot in November 2015.
Your involvement in the public engagement period is crucial to shaping Seattle’s transportation future. I encourage you to share this information with your friends, neighbors, and networks.”