City Council to revisit Civic Center bond measure starting Thursday

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By Doug Petrowski

Different year; same plan.

The Mountlake Terrace City Council is two steps away from asking voters again to approve a $25 million bond measure to pay for construction of a new Civic Center. The issue will be discussed one last time at the Thursday, Jan. 3 council work/study session, then be up for a formal council vote at their regular meeting on Monday, Jan. 7. The city council is expected to approve placing the bond measure, Proposition 1, on the April 23 ballot.

A $37.5 million bond measure for a new Civic Center was rejected by city voters 57 percent to 43 percent in November 2010. Following public surveys conducted by the city, the bond measure was brought before voters again in August 2012, this time scaled back to $25 million. The measure received a yes vote from 57 percent of city voters this time, but needed 60 percent for approval.

This latest version of Proposition 1 is identical to last year’s Aug. 7 ballot measure, with 30-year municipal bonds being sold to finance construction of a $25 million Civic Center at 58th Avenue West and 232nd Street Southwest. The Civic Center would include new construction for a City Hall and Senior/Community Center, a remodeled and expanded police station, improvements to the existing library, and parking and amenities around the grounds. Repayment of the municipal bonds would be done with funds collected from an increase in property taxes within the city.

There will be a time for public comment on the issue at Monday’s meeting before the council vote.

The city council is also expected to discuss a resolution giving its formal support of the bond measure at its Thursday, Jan. 17 work/study session, followed by a vote on whether to support resolution at the Tuesday, Jan. 22 city council meeting.

All upcoming city council work/study sessions and regular meetings begin at 7 p.m. and are conducted in council chambers at Interim City Hall, 6100-219th St. S.W., Suite 200.

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