Citizen Oversight Board gives Parks ‘two thumbs up’ on Levy expenditures

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Ravensdale Park baseball fields, one of the many projects completed in 2015 thanks to funding from the Parks Levy.

In 2013, when King County voters overwhelmingly approved the 2014-2019 King County Parks, Trails, and Open Space Replacement Levy, they also established a Levy Citizen Oversight Board to monitor how we would be expending levy proceeds.

The board, which was appointed by the King County Executive and consists of one representative from each council district, meets annually to review Parks’ expenditures from the prior year. In December, the board’s findings on Parks’ 2015 expenditures was submitted on the board’s behalf by the King County Executive Dow Constantine to the King County Council.

Can’t stand the suspense? Here’s the CliffsNotes version:

Based on the information provided to us, we conclude that the Division, the cities receiving Parks Levy proceeds in 2015, and the Woodland Park Zoo, have all complied with the requirements of Ordinance 17658 in their expenditure of the Parks Levy proceeds in 2015.

Whoo hoo! Stay tuned for more great things to come in 2017 and thank you for your continued support of King County Parks – Your Big Backyard.

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