For information purposes only: not intended to support or oppose the proposition.
The Kirkland City Council referred a police services and community safety sales tax ballot measure that will be put to Kirkland voters as part of the November 6, 2018, general election. The Council’s action comes after discussions of community safety needs and community outreach.
King County ballot drop box locations and voter registration information can be found by visiting the King County Elections webpage.
May 24 City Council Financial Retreat: City Council reviewed the City's financial forecast with projected revenue and expenditures through 2024. Memo (PDF)
May 24 City Council Financial Retreat: City Council reviewed potential revenue sources for the 2019-2020 Biennial Budget process. Memo (PDF)
June 5 City Council meeting: City Council reviewed options for a Public Safety ballot measure. Memo (PDF) and Video
July 3 City Council meeting: City Council authorizing the advertisement for potential ballot statement committee members. Memo (PDF) and Video
July 17 City Council meeting: City Council reviewed the findings from staff engagement with the community on Gun Safety and Community Safety. Memo (PDF) and Video
July 17 City Council meeting: Public Hearing on Resolution R-5324, Providing for the Submission to the Qualified Electors of The City of Kirkland at an Election to be Held on November 6, 2018 of a Proposition Authorizing an Increase to the Sales and Use Tax in Kirkland of One-Tenth of One Percent (0.1%) on the Selling Price to Fund Enhanced Police Services and Community Safety. Memo (PDF) and Video
July 17 City Council meeting: City Council appointing potential ballot measure statement committee members. Memo (PDF) or Video
August 6 City Council meeting: City Council adopts Resolution R-5324, Providing for the Submission to the Qualified Electors of the City of Kirkland at an Election to be Held On November 6, 2018 of a Proposition Authorizing an Increase to the Sales and Use Tax in Kirkland of One-Tenth of One Percent (0.1%) on the Selling Price to Fund Enhanced Police Services and Community Safety. Memo (PDF) or Video
Enhanced Police Services and Community Safety Sales Tax Measure Informational Presentation (PDF)
Enhanced Police Services and Community Safety Sales Tax Measure Informational Flyer (PDF)
Fire Department Strategic Plan
Police Department Strategic Plan
2018 Biennial Community Survey
2018 Community Safety Survey (PDF)
Safety through Enforcement
- A new, dedicated proactive police unit consisting of four officers and one support staff which will focus on illegal drugs, car prowls, burglaries, mail theft, shoplifting, and enforcing extreme risk protection orders and court-ordered gun forfeitures. Bellevue and Redmond have such units. Annual funding estimate: $680,000 (in 2019 dollars).
Safety through Engagement
- Four new School Resource Officers (SROs) in the International Community School, and Finn Hill, Kamiakin and Kirkland Middle Schools. Annual funding estimate: $320,000 (in 2019 dollars).
- A new Neighborhood Resource Officer paired with a dedicated Mental Health professional to help resolve police and fire calls with mental health complications including domestic violence, suicide attempts, assisting homeless persons and nonemergency calls. Annual funding estimate: $260,000 (in 2019 dollars).
Safety through Empowerment
- Additional dedicated funding for mental health and human services programs that provide suicide prevention, domestic violence prevention, drug addiction services, and after-school programs. Annual funding estimate: $350,000 (in 2019 dollars).
- Dedicated funding to reduce homelessness, especially among women and families. Annual funding estimate: $100,000 (in 2019 dollars).
Safety through Education
- Dedicated funding for gun safety training in the community, as well as safe storage of existing guns, such as subsidized trigger locks and gun safes. Annual funding estimate: $100,000 (in 2019 dollars).
The measure is estimated to raise approximately $1.8 million annually from a 0.1% sales tax increase, which equates to a penny on every $10.00 purchase.
Frequently Asked Questions (under development)
The statutory authority for this ballot measure is RCW 82.14.450. The ballot measure requires majority voter approval. This revenue is ongoing unless repealed by the Kirkland City Council.
Under state law, one-third of funds received must be used solely for criminal justice purposes, fire protection purposes, or both. If approved, the City Council's expressed intent is to use all of the funds generated through this measure to enhance community safety. Sales of motor vehicles are exempt from this tax. 15% of tax proceeds must be distributed to King County.
Due to the expiration of the Annexation Sales Tax Credit in June 2021, beyond 2020 the City's financial projection becomes negative, with a $17.9 million deficit projected for the 2023-2024 Biennium. Further details on the General Fund Forecast can be found here.
The proact unit would be a new, dedicated unit of four police officers and a support staff position that focuses on illegal drugs, car prowls, burglaries, mail theft, shoplifting and enforcing extreme risk protection orders and court-ordered gun forfeitures. Creating a proact unit was a recommendation of the Kirkland Police Department Strategic Plan (see page 20, Recommendation 4a, Option B). Proact units do not have to respond to 911 calls. Instead, these units can determine where crimes are occurring and can dedicate officers to those areas.
A School Resource Officer assists with school safety issues and provides basic law enforcement functions. The officers also teach curriculum designed to provide information on alcohol and drugs, conflict resolution, decision making and identification of consequences. These officers also act as a resource to schools on police-related matters. In addition to the Basic Law Enforcement Academy training that all certified police officers receive, school resource officers also take advanced training specific to working with students.
In partnership with the Lake Washington School District, the Kirkland Police Department has two SRO’s who are assigned to Lake Washington High School and Juanita High School. Both are fully commissioned, certified police officers. More information on Kirkland's SRO program can be found here.
A neighborhood resource officer serves as a liaison between the police department and the community. Duties of the neighborhood resource officer include attending neighborhood meetings, teaching children and adults about safety, conducting safety assessments of resident’s property, assisting with homeless outreach, and coordinating events such as National Night Out and the Citizens Academy. The central strategy of the neighborhood resource officer program is community policing, an approach to policing that brings police and community members together to prevent crime and solve neighborhood problems. In this model, the emphasis is on stopping crime before it happens, not responding to calls for service after the crime occurs.
For more information
Please contact Assistant City Manager Jim Lopez at firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-587-3212.