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2020-2025 Parks, Recreation, Trails and Open Space Levy

On August 6, 2019, King County voters approved a measure to renew the property tax levy supporting parks, trails, and open space in King County. The measure replaced the levy that expired at the end of 2019 and will generate an estimated $810 million over six years, costing approximately $7.60 per month for the owner of a home with an assessed property value of $500,000.
 
The revenue generated by this levy means county-wide investments in parks, trails, recreation, and open space protection for the benefit of all King County residents, no matter where they live.
 

2020-2025 Parks Levy Oversight Board

The Parks Levy Oversight Board, which is appointed by the King County Executive and consists of one representative from each council district, meets annually to review Parks' levy expenditures from the previous year and report on the progress of the agency in achieving the purposes of the levy.

Parks Levy Oversight Board Roster

Board meetings (reviewing 2020 expenditures)

All meetings will be online on Zoom and go from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, unless otherwise noted. Meetings are open to the public.

If you would like to attend: email parksinfo@kingcounty.gov at least 3 hours prior to the meeting time to receive information on how to join the meeting. Please also specify if you would like to submit pubic comment.

Meeting 1

  • Levy Oversight Board mission, purpose, process
  • Overview of King County Parks
  • Overview of 2020-2025 Levy
Tues, Oct 5

 Agenda

Meeting 2

  • Overview of KCP Operations and Maintenance Program
  • KCP O&M 2020 Revenues and Expenditures
  • Overview of KCP Levy Grants Program
  • KCP Levy Grants Program 2020 Expenditures
 Tues, Oct 12
 Agenda

Meeting 3

  • Overview of KCP CIP Program
  • KCP CIP Levy 2020 Expenditures
  • Overview of Leafline Trails
  • Overview of Open Space Program (Acquisition
    and Land Conservation)
  • Overview of KCP Repairs and Renovations efforts
  • Review Draft 2020 Levy Oversight Board Report

Tues, Oct 19    Agenda

Meeting 4

  • Overview of Pass-Through Recipients
  • Seattle Aquarium Ocean Pavilion 2020 Expenditures
  • Cities and towns 2020 Expenditures
  • Woodland Park Zoo 2020 Expenditures
  • Finalize 2020 Levy Oversight Board Report
Tues, Oct 26   Agenda

Download the meeting agenda overview document here.

 
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2014-2019 Parks, Trails, and Open Space Replacement Levy

Read about the our accomplishments under the 2014-2019 levy!

The measure, which was approved by voters in 2013 by more than 70 percent, is estimated to generate $66 million per year from 2014 through 2019 through a CPI-indexed property tax levy lid lift of 18.77 cents per $1,000 of assessed value – an estimated $56 per year for the owner of a home valued at $300,000.

Read the mid-levy progress report.

2014-2019 Parks Levy Oversight Board Reports

2014-2019 Levy Oversight Board Members

History of the Parks Levy

In June 2012, King County Executive Dow Constantine convened a panel of business and civic leaders to help define a path to funding King County's parks, trails, and open space upon expiration of the then-current levies at the end of 2013. The group's recommendations shaped what ultimately become the 2014-2019 King County Parks, Trails and Open Space Replacement Levy.

Press release
: "Citizen task force recommends continued levy support of King County parks, trails, open space" - November 28, 2012.

Task Force Cover Letter to Executive Constantine
Task Force Report and Recommendations

The group met from June to October 2012. Meeting agendas and other materials can be found here.

In 2007, King County voters approved two property tax levy lid lifts to support park operations and open space and trails for the period of 2008 - 2013. 

As required by the levy legislation, a nine-member, Council-appointed Levy Citizen Oversight Board was established to monitor the expenditure of levy proceeds. 

COB Report on 2013 Expenditures
COB Report on 2012 Expenditures
COB Report on 2011 Expenditures
COB Report on 2010 Expenditures 
COB Report on 2008-2009 Expenditures

In 2002, confronted with a $52 million general fund crisis, King County faced the very real possibility of closing parks, pools, and recreational programs. From that crisis arose the King County Parks of today, a mission-focused, streamlined, levy-funded agency with an entrepreneurial approach to operations and partnerships.

Learn more about the 2002 Parks Business Transition Plan.