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Enhanced Police Services and Community Safety Ballot Measure

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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.

Key Features

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).

Estimated Revenue

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)

For more information

Please contact Assistant City Manager Jim Lopez at jlopez@kirklandwa.gov or 425-587-3212.