We’ve collected answers to several Frequently Asked Questions here.


What is Proposition 1?

Shoreline Proposition 1 is measure on the November 2018 ballot asking Shoreline voters to consider an increase in the sales tax within the city of Shoreline.  If approved, the money will be used to build sidewalks in 12 specific locations throughout the city.

How much more will I pay and for how long?

If approved, the sales tax rate in Shoreline will change from 0.100 to 0.102.  That’s an extra 2 cents in tax for every ten dollars of taxable goods. The sales tax increase will expire after 20 years.

What will it buy?

The revenue from the sales tax increase will allow the city to purchase and service bonds to support $42 million worth of construction. That’s enough to build at least the 12 projects listed in the Resolution to place Prop 1 on the ballot.

Where are the projects?

The projects are located throughout the city in strategic locations.  Here are some examples:

  • 19th Avenue NE – to help make it safe to reach transit stops on Ballinger Way
  • Linden Avenue N – to create safe passage for high school students and residents
  • 20th Avenue NW – to protect pedestrians from vehicles on the busy street that leads to Saltwater Park

Other projects in Echo Lake, Richmond Highlands, Highland Terrace, Westminster Triangle, North City, and Ridgecrest/Briarcrest will improve access and extend the sidewalk grid.

See our Projects page for a full list.

When will I see results?

Construction will begin starting within a year of passage of the ballot measure.  Completion of all 12 projects will take 5 to 7 years.

How were these projects chosen?

The City Council appointed a Sidewalk Advisory Committee (SAC), made up of about 15 Shoreline residents, who worked with city staff to develop a “scorecard” for ranking a list of projects.  The scorecard assesses each project in terms of safety, equity, proximity, and connectivity.

Projects rank as “high priority” if they improve safety; connect to transit; fill gaps in the sidewalk network; connect to important locations (parks, shopping, etc.), or help balance out the services available to various populations.  The 12 projects funded by Proposition 1 rank highly on one or more of these criteria.

The SAC also explored funding methods to pay for new sidewalks and recommended that the City Council consider a small increase in the sales tax to fund at least some of the highest-priority projects.

What about other places we need new sidewalks?

The projects funded by Proposition 1 aren’t the only new sidewalks planned in Shoreline.  In some locations, new sidewalks will be constructed as part of other projects.

  • Construction of new sidewalks is included in a separate project along N 175th St from Stone Avenue to Meridian Avenue—the highest-ranking project according to the SAC scorecard.
  • Sidewalk improvements near the light-rail stations and access corridors (such as 145th Street and 185th Street) will be funded through Sound Transit.
  • Developers will continue to be required to provide sidewalks for their projects.
  • The City will continue to aggressively pursue grants from federal and state agencies for sidewalk construction.

Will I ever get a sidewalk on my street?

Perhaps.  The city’s long-range plan is to build sidewalks on city streets in a grid of streets approximately a quarter-mile apart – so you would never be more than about 5 blocks from a street with safe sidewalks.

Full build-out of the Pedestrian System Plan includes about 133 projects, 33 of which are high priority according to the scorecard developed by the Sidewalk Advisory Committee.  The projects funded by Proposition 1 represent about one-third of the high-priority projects.  See the City’s current Pedestrian System Plan here: http://www.shorelinewa.gov/home/showdocument?id=40876

If the sales tax increase brings in more money than needed to build these first 12 projects, the city will choose from the list of 133 projects, using the SAC scorecard to guide their selections.

Why are many of the projects on busy traffic streets?

People use sidewalks to get to the services they need.  These services – shopping, businesses, schools, parks, transit, libraries, public services – are often on busy streets.  Safety concerns of pedestrians and those with mobility challenges are greater on busy traffic streets.  All these issues raise the priority of the 12 projects selected for Proposition 1 funding.

My question isn’t here – how can I learn more?

Neighborhood groups and organizations are scheduling presentations from city staff about sidewalk construction.  Find your neighborhood association by clicking this link.

People for Shoreline Sidewalks will be attending many neighborhood group meetings within the next few weeks.

You can also use our Contact page to send us your questions.  We’ll try to reply as soon as we can.