Council may put park funds on ballot

The Bellevue City Council is considering whether to ask voters this fall to approve more money for parks.

  • Monday, June 16, 2008 8:48pm
  • News

The Bellevue City Council is considering whether to ask voters this fall to approve more money for parks.

While final details of a possible fall ballot measure have yet to be decided, money generated from such a measure would help protect open spaces, natural areas and the water quality of Bellevue’s lakes and streams.

The measure also could fund enhancements at existing parks such as the Bellevue Downtown Park, Surrey Downs Park, Crossroads Community Park and the Bellevue Botanical Garden, as well as new investments in sports fields, trails and community and neighborhood parks.

The city’s existing park bonds are due to expire this year.

The ballot measure could be a bond or a levy. The exact amount will be determined by the council by Aug. 12 in order for the measure to appear on the November ballot.

In April, the council endorsed a preliminary $40 million measure to replace the expiring bonds. Depending on how the package is funded, it would cost a typical homeowner about $67 per year for the next 20 years, or a property tax rate of 11 cents per $1,000 of assessed value.

The bonds expiring this year had an average property tax rate of 15 cents per $1,000 of assessed value.

“Bellevue is known as a “City in a Park” because our parks and recreation facilities add so much to the quality of life here,” said Mayor Grant Degginger. “I am frequently asked whether it is possible to do more to acquire new open spaces and enhance our trails and athletic fields.”

The city’s last parks measure passed in 1988.

“We pride ourselves on having one of the best parks systems in the nation,” said City Councilman John Chelminiak, who serves as the council’s liaison with the city’s Park Board. “But to maintain what we have, and meet new demands from our increasingly diverse community, we need to provide some funding certainty.”

In consideration of how we voice our opinions in the modern world, we’ve closed comments on our websites. We value the opinions of our readers and we encourage you to keep the conversation going.

Please feel free to share your story tips by emailing

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) We reserve the right to edit letters, but if you keep yours to 300 words or less, we won’t ask you to shorten it.

More in News

State Capitol Building in Olympia. File photo
Politicians get pay raises, state workers get furloughs

A citizens panel approved the hikes in 2019. Unable to rescind them, lawmakers look to donate their extra earnings.

Construction begins for Downtown Park entrance

The previously delayed entryway project is expected to be finished early 2021

Human remains in West Seattle identified

Bags of body parts were found in a suitcase along a West Seattle beach on June 19.

Governor Jay Inslee smiles and laughs Sept. 3, 2019, during a speech at the Lynnwood Link Extension groundbreaking in Lynnwood. A Thurston County judge ruled he exceeded his authority when he vetoed single sentences in the state transportation budget in 2019. (Olivia Vanni / Herald file)
Judge invalidates Gov. Inslee’s veto in roads budget

Lawmakers said the governor crossed a constitutional line.

King County cases among younger adults drives increase in COVID-19 numbers

Over half of all new cases are among people ages 20-39

Kirkland man found guilty of promoting prostitution in Eastside sex trafficking ring

Authorities say suspect ran “successful enterprise” for greater half of a decade.

Public and private universities, colleges, technical schools, apprenticeship programs and similar schools and programs may resume general instruction, including in-person classes and lectures, starting Aug. 1. Pictured: The University of Washington-Bothell campus. File photo
Universities and colleges may reopen in fall, governor says

His order requires masks and physical distancing, among other measures, to help prevent infections.

Photo courtesy Bellevue Police Department. Suspected stolen merchandise.
Bellevue police arrest Renton man and others in connection to downtown Bellevue looting

Police say they’ve recovered $50,000 in stolen items and identified almost 100 suspects

During a recent training, South King Fire and Rescue members at Station 62 wear personal protective gear, which includes face masks, eye protection, gloves and gowns. Courtesy photo
Governor orders statewide use of face coverings in public

Jay Inslee says that until there is a vaccine, it’s the best weapon to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Most Read