Less about the head tax, more about the LID.
Next week the City Council begins the process of reviewing and revising the six-year Strategic Plan for Seattle City Light. They have a lot of issues to dig through.
Here are the highlights from today’s Council Briefing and City Council meetings.
… and people are still opining about the head tax.
With the head tax vote behind them, expect a calmer week in City Hall — and a shorter one as everyone prepares for Memorial Day weekend. But there will still be fireworks, as a resolution to kick off the Waterfront LID process comes up for a vote Monday afternoon.
Congratulations, we survived Head Tax Week! On to the weekend… but first, the news.
More discussion of the head tax, plus bike everywhere!
Seattle’s waterfront is undergoing a massive $4.7 billion renovation, including rebuilding the seawall, tearing down the Alaskan Way Viaduct and replacing it with a deep-bore tunnel, rebuilding Colman Dock and the ferry terminal, remaking the Alaskan Way surface street, and improving park and streetscape elements as part of the city’s $688 million Waterfront Seattle initiative. $200 million of the funds to pay for Waterfront Seattle are proposed to come from a new Local Improvement District: a special assessment on downtown properties that are expected to increase in value because of the project. But some residents who will be subject to the assessment are unhappy that they are being asked to foot part of the bill for a project they say will benefit the entire region.
Let’s look at how LIDs work, and how this one in particular is structured.
(5-21-18: updates below)
The head tax news went national, and more.