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City Attorney Pete Holmes disagreed with this revision, according to Kimberly Mills, a spokesperson for his office.
A sentence included in an earlier version of the voters' guide statement said that the governing body "may choose to dissolve" the district at the city's request, or if faced with a petition from 10 percent of voters asking them to do so. This original language, Mills said in an email, "correctly advised voters of their right to petition to dissolve the District, whereas the revised sentence could be read to suggest — inaccurately — that voters have no say in the continued existence of the District."
The brief filed by the City Attorney's Office also notes that City Council members are "directly answerable to Seattle's voters."
Wayne Barnett, executive director of the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission, pointed to a 2011 initiative related to the Highway 99 tunnel project as an example of another ballot measure where the wording in the voters' guide was appealed. The commission sided mostly with the city in that ruling.
"It is not uncommon for the commission to take a look at these explanatory statements," Barnett said.
City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw, who chaired the Select Committee on Parks Funding, expressed support for the revisions to the voters' guide language and the initiative title.
"Ultimately I'm very pleased that the changes to the ballot title and the explanatory statement clarify the previous versions," she said. "It gives the campaign an opportunity to show individuals what they're going to get for their money."
Bagshaw added, "You don't want voters to be confused."
Disclosure: Councilmember Bagshaw is married to Crosscut Board President Bradley Bagshaw.
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