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Resolution No. 2013-24

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CITY COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES OCTOBER 21, 2013

 

                                                                               RESOLUTION NO. 2013-24
 
                                                   A RESOLUTION of the City of Lakewood, Washington, opposing
                                                   the City of Tacoma Special Election, Proposition No. 1, 2% Utility
                                                   Company Earnings Tax For Tacoma Street Improvements, Official
                                                   Ballot Title:  The City Council of the City of Tacoma adopted
                                                   Substitute Resolution No. 38700 concerning an additional 2%
                                                   earnings tax on utility companies for streets.  If passed, Proposition
                                                   No. 1 would authorize the City to levy an additional 2% earnings
                                                   tax on natural gas, electric, and phone companies for the sole
                                                   purpose of funding basic maintenance and safety upgrades City-
                                                   wide, for roads, arterials, and bridges; permanent pothole repairs;
                                                   pedestrian safety improvement to crosswalks near schools,
                                                   sidewalks and intersections; repaving neighborhood streets; and
                                                   improved signal timing, all as provided in Substitute Resolution
                                                    No. 38700.


 
                 WHEREAS, the Tacoma City Council has placed a Tacoma Special Election, Proposition
No. 1 on the ballot for Tacoma voters in the November 5, 2013, election; and
       
                 WHEREAS, Tacoma’s Special Election Proposition No. 1 would, if approved, increase
Tacoma’s utility tax on the earnings of telephone, natural gas, and electric utilities, including the
City of Tacoma-owned Tacoma Power, which provides electric service to customers in
Lakewood; and
       
                 WHEREAS, only Tacoma residents will vote on Tacoma’s Special Election Proposition
No. 1; and
       
                 WHEREAS, if Tacoma’s Special Election Proposition No. 1 is approved, the Tacoma
City Council proposes to use the increased tax revenue to repair only Tacoma streets; and
       
                 WHEREAS, if Tacoma’s Special Election Proposition No. 1 is approved, the Tacoma
City Council could, by separate action, pass the 2% increase on to Tacoma Power customers
both inside and outside Tacoma through a rate increase, including Tacoma Power customers in
Lakewood; and 
       
                 WHEREAS, though a rate increase cannot be classified as a tax, the practical effect
would be to pass the cost of the 2% Tacoma tax increase on to Lakewood and other non-
residents; and
       
                 WHEREAS, in the event that a 2% Tacoma Power rate increase is adopted by the
Tacoma City Council to pass through a new Tacoma utility tax to customers, Tacoma Powe
r customers Lakewood would in effect be paying to repair Tacoma’s streets, with no benefit to
Lakewood streets or any other benefit within Lakewood; and
       
                 WHEREAS, the Lakewood City Council desires to express its opposition to any action
by the Tacoma City Council that results in Lakewood residents in effect paying an increased
Tacoma utility tax to repair Tacoma streets, without the affirmative vote of a majority of
Lakewood residents;
     
                 WHEREAS, pursuant to RCW 42.17A.555(1) the City Council, as a legislative body, is
authorized to express a collective decision, or to actually vote upon a resolution to support or
oppose a ballot proposition so long as (a) any required notice of the meeting includes the title
and number of the ballot proposition, and (b) members of the legislative body and members of
the public are afforded an approximately equal opportunity for the expression of an opposing
view; and

                 WHEREAS, the City has properly noticed the meeting of October 21, 2013 and afforded
equal opportunity for expression of viewpoints concerning Tacoma’s Special Election
Proposition No. 1 as required by state law;
       
            NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY
OF LAKEWOOD, WASHINGTON, as Follows:
 
             Section 1.       Expression of Opposition.  The City Council of the City of
Lakewood expresses its opposition to the City of Tacoma Special Election, Proposition
No. 1, 2% Utility Company Earnings Tax For Tacoma Street Improvements, Official
Ballot Title:  The City Council of the City of Tacoma adopted Substitute Resolution No.
38700 concerning an additional 2% earnings tax on utility companies for streets.  If
passed, Proposition No. 1 would authorize the City to levy an additional 2% earnings tax
on natural gas, electric, and phone companies for the sole purpose of funding basic
maintenance and safety upgrades City-wide, for roads, arterials, and bridges; permanent
pothole repairs; pedestrian safety improvement to crosswalks near schools, sidewalks and
intersections; repaving neighborhood streets; and improved signal timing, all as provided
in Substitute Resolution No. 38700; and any related action by the Tacoma City Council
to the extent that such action results in Lakewood residents subsidizing, to any degree,
street maintenance for the City of Tacoma.
 
             Section 2.         Effective Date.   This resolution shall take effect immediately upon its
adoption.
 
      PASSED by the City Council this 21st day of October, 2013.


                                                                                                                          CITY OF LAKEWOOD

     
                                                                                                                           ____________________________________

                                                                                                                           Don Anderson, Mayor
Attest:

 

_______________________________   
Alice M. Bush, MMC, City Clerk


Approved as to Form:


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Heidi Wachter, City Attorney