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Posted on: September 11, 2018

Workshops Scheduled for November Ballot Measure-- “Connecting Bainbridge: SAFE Mobility Levy"

SAFE Mobility Levy

Connecting Bainbridge: SAFE Mobility Webpage

Mark your calendars! City staff is hosting three workshops to inform the community about the "Connecting Bainbridge: SAFE Mobility Levy" that will be on the November ballot. The $15 million levy is for non-motorized improvement projects and designed to provide safe access for everyone on the Island-- from pedestrians and wheelchair users to bicyclists and cars.

Workshop Dates:

Wednesday, September 12 at City Hall 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
6:30 - 7:30 Open House
7:30 - 8:30 Presentation & Question and Answer Session

Saturday, September 22 at Seabold Hall 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
10 - 11 Open House
11 - 12 Presentation & Question and Answer Session


Thursday, October 11 at Island Center Hall 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. 
6:30 - 7:30 Open House
7:30 - 8:30 Presentation & Question and Answer Session

The workshops will include an open house, brief presentation, and question and answer session. The open house will include stations with information about the use of funds and potential projects if the ballot proposition is approved by the voters. The stations will include: shoulder improvements, safe routes to schools and trails, pedestrian improvements in the Winslow core, and other opportunities. There will also be a staff member from the Finance Department to let you know how this levy, if approved, will affect your property taxes.

If approved by voters, the levy lid lift will raise $15 million over seven years to pay for the non-motorized transportation projects. The estimated increase to the property tax rate is 28 centers per $1,000 of assessed property value. The owner of a $660,000 home (median home value on Bainbridge Island) would pay an additional $185 in property taxes per year during a seven-year period.

In July, the City Council approved Resolution 2018-21 that explains how the funds raised by the ballot measure will be used (if approved) and how the public will be involved in making decisions on specific projects. The Resolution states that 45% of the funding will be used for shoulder improvements, 30% will be used for safe routes to schools and trails, 15% would be for pedestrian improvements in the Winslow core and 10% would be set aside for opportunities that arise during the seven-year period.

The Resolution includes a list of potential projects identified by a citizen advisory group as the highest priority projects. If the ballot proposition is approved, a committee, which will be made up of a diverse group of Island residents, will work with City staff, the Multimodal Transportation Advisory Committee and the public to develop a recommendation for specific projects to build using the ballot proposition funding.

A webpage with information about the levy and use of funds will be available soon to the public. 


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