Today’s statement supporting Proposition 1 comes from Mayor Jerry Smith:
I’m writing to encourage the community to vote YES on Mountlake Terrace Proposition 1.
This measure will provide a new civic campus on the old civic center site with a new community/senior center, public meeting places, new police station, emergency operations center, city offices, library facility upgrades, streetscapes with wider sidewalks, amphitheater and tree-lined streets. Our recent art show that attracted a large crowd, police station remodel, and city hall demolition have demonstrated how we have outgrown these facilities.
The facility would appeal to everyone, with year-round events such as senior activities, art shows, music festivals, dance programs, expanded farmers market, public safety fairs, outdoor movies and concerts.
The civic campus will drive targeted development to our downtown and bolster the tax base to ensure that city services will be sustainable into the future. Currently residents share most of the property tax burden, paying 85 percent of those collected. A rejuvenated town center and civic campus will breathe new life into our downtown with a bustling economy that will eventually lower the taxes on our residents.
Originally published in the Herald