Just under one-fourth of the Proposition 1 ballots mailed to Mountlake Terrace voters have been returned as of Thursday, April 18, according to statistics released by the Snohomish County Elections Division. The county office has received 2,666 of the 11,513 ballots mailed out earlier this month.
The total returned ballot count is approximately two-thirds of the number of votes cast on Proposition 1 the last time it appeared before voters in August 2012.
Proposition 1 asks voters if they approve of a $25 million municipal bond offering to fund construction of a new Mountlake Terrace civic campus that would include new city hall offices, an expanded and remodeled police station, an updated library building and various campus amenities. The 30-year bonds would be paid off with an approximate $3.77 monthly increase in property taxes on the average Mountlake Terrace home in 2014, followed by an approximate $13.66 monthly increase beginning in 2015. For the measure to be approved it must receive a 60 percent or more “Yes” vote.
Proponents on both sides of the issue say they will be busy looking for support and encouraging voters to cast their ballots the days leading up to the Tuesday, Apr. 23 deadline for ballot return.
Ballots can be returned by mail, or by dropping them in a county election drop box by 8 p.m. Tuesday. The closest box to Mountlake Terrace is the one located outside Lynnwood City Hall, 19100-44th Ave. W. For visual impaired or disabled voters, the county will have Accessible Voting Units available at the Lynnwood Library on Monday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., and on Tuesday, 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Mountlake Terrace Proposition 1 voting history
Nov. 2010 — YES 3,083 (47%) NO 3,477 (53%)
Aug. 2012 — YES 2,227 (56.83%) NO 1,692 (43.17%)
(60% YES necessary for approval)