No on Prop 1′ takes the viewpoint that because the initial plans do more than just run the government, that makes it unneeded, it is an extravagance, that people who support the idea aren’t ‘thrifty’. I even saw someone say they’d rather pay the money for a one night only fireworks show than pay for a new City Hall.
A thriving, healthy city does more than just provide for the basic functionality of government, more than the bare minimum needed to keep government doors open.
A thriving city is built on serving the entire community, in giving community members of all ages places to gather, places to experience arts & culture, places that give a sense of pride in the appearance and ambiance of the community. Healthy, happy cities have a hub to their community that is welcoming, enticing and useful.
Our City Council has the understanding that for Mountlake Terrace to be someplace more than just a collection of houses & businesses that happen to all be incorporated within the same boundary, it needs to have not only functioning & supported government services; it needs to have resources and facilities that will benefit and enhance the city as a whole.
Prop 1 isn’t just about making a shiny new City Hall, it is about laying the foundation for a cohesive, thriving core for the community, that will outlast the current elected officials, and be a focus of Mountlake Terrace’s growth and identity for years to come.