Local Control For Shoreline Group Formed to Support SPU Water System Acquisition

Shoreline residents form “Local Control for Shoreline” to support the passage of Shoreline’s Proposition 1

Editor's note: Local Control for Shoreline supplied this press release.


On August 6, 2012, the Shoreline City Council voted unanimously to place Proposition No. 1, the acquisition of the Seattle Public Utility (SPU) water system in Shoreline, on the November 6, 2012 ballot. If approved by Shoreline voters, Shoreline will acquire the water system within Shoreline that is currently owned by the City of Seattle.   The SPU system in Shoreline serves 2/3 of the City and is primarily west of I-5. 

A group of Shoreline citizens formed a pro committee to spearhead the “Yes! Shoreline Proposition 1:  Local Control for Shoreline,” campaign in support of the ballot measure.  The co-chairs of the committee are Joseph Irons and William (Bill) Montero and the treasurer is Sis Polin. 

The committee supports acquiring the SPU system because:

  • No increase in property taxes or projected water rates will be necessary to purchase and operate the system.
  • Currently all decisions are made by Seattle.  Shoreline rate payers have no direct say in how rates, charges and taxes are set and spent or the priorities for maintenance and capital improvements.
  • Shoreline residents and businesses currently pay a 14% water surcharge to Seattle for living outside of Seattle.
  • In addition to the surcharge Shoreline residents and businesses pay a 15% utility tax to the City of Seattle that helps fund Seattle parks, police and fire.
  • Shoreline water revenues should be invested in Shoreline – not Seattle.

Recognizing that Shoreline voters would ultimately vote on the acquisition, Shoreline’s City Manager appointed a Citizen Steering Committee in January 2012 to obtain advice on whether the City should proceed with the acquisition.  A 23-member citizen steering committee studied this issue for six months.  In June twenty-one of the members recommended that the City proceed with the acquisition. 

To learn more about Proposition 1, go to the Local Control for Shoreline website at www.LocalControlForShoreline.org


Tracy Tallman September 11, 2012 at 05:26 PM
Glad you formed this group. Consolidation makes sense to me and I trust the City to do it properly.
Wendy DiPeso September 12, 2012 at 04:17 AM
Consider: http://www.seattlechannel.org/videos/video.asp?ID=2011260 In the early part of this video of the Seattle City Council it is clear that NO price has been agreed to for the sale of SPU. The 14% and 15% charges will not go away under the City of Shoreline Control, but would be incorporated into the rates. According to their own documentation the City of Shoreline will not be able to keep their promise of equal rates. According State law there is no limit on how high they can raise taxes on their own water utility. Toppenish has a 32% tax on their water system. Is that what we want for Shoreline? Other options for local control exists but if voters approve purchase of SPU we will never get a chance to explore those possibilities, and we will lose the two great Public Utilities that are here now in Shoreline.
Karen Easterly-Behrens September 12, 2012 at 04:56 AM
All of the above in this article looks very familiar...too familiar.....nauseatingly familiar. This parrots city hall's propaganda. For an alternative view go to noblankcheck.nationbuilder.com. Here you will find well researched information with resources, references and documentation presented by real citizens of Shoreline without the resources of city staff or city council.


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