Republished from Let’s Move Seattle
Last Friday Mayor Murray quietly published an op-ed to the Let’s Move Seattle campaign page, eloquently responding to many of the measure’s critics. If you haven’t voted yet, get on it, and if you’re still unsure of your vote on Prop 1, here is the Mayor’s op-ed reprinted in full.
When I was elected mayor in 2013 I made a commitment to make city government more accountable and reflect our progressive values as a community. Reforming city government is an ongoing task, but we have made real progress over the last two years.
That is why the Let’s Move Seattle transportation levy is not a continuation of the expiring transportation levy, but a new, more integrated and accountable approach to funding our transportation needs today and tomorrow. Through a specific list of projects, a nine-year funding plan that details when each project will happen and how it will be paid for, a citizen oversight committee, and strict legal requirements preventing the reallocation of dollars, Move Seattle is the most accountable levy the city has proposed to-date.
To skeptical members of the public who have been hearing the litany of misleading attacks on the levy from opponents and in the media, I say: take a close look at the strong accountability provisions we’ve inserted into the levy, and more broadly at the work we are doing across City government to get our house in order.