SEATTLE – The Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce welcomed tonight’s victory for Seattle Proposition 1, the renewal of the city’s housing levy.
“Seattle’s voters spoke loud and clear that they, like the Chamber, want responsible, accountable investments in our city’s future,” said Seattle Metro Chamber President and CEO Maud Daudon. “We proudly supported the housing levy renewal, which will create and preserve thousands of homes so that more of our city’s residents can afford to stay in Seattle. This levy is an important part of the HALA plan to address the city’s housing affordability challenges. We appreciate Mayor Ed Murray’s leadership on the plan in general and this levy in particular. ”
The Chamber also weighed in on Initiative 123, a measure to override existing plans for a waterfront park. The organization advised voters to reject I-123, citing the uncertainty it would create for a waterfront plan that has been in the works for nearly a decade, as well as the financial consequences of passing this unfunded mandate. Upon seeing tonight’s results, Daudon said, “It’s a relief to know that we can move forward with planning for Seattle’s new waterfront park, especially since thousands of our city’s residents have already participated in the process.”
About The Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
The Seattle Metropolitan (Seattle Metro) Chamber of Commerce is the largest and most diverse network of influential business leaders in the Puget Sound region. Founded in 1882 by local business leaders, the Chamber today is an independent organization of 2,200 businesses representing a regional workforce of approximately 700,000 people. For more information, visit www.seattlechamber.com