Friends and Neighbors:
While, once again, the majority of Mountlake Terrace residents supported the funding of a new City Hall, Community Center, and Police Station, we fell short of that 60% mark.
Even though the proposition fell short of the 60% needed we believe we’re starting to see a fundamental shift in our community. A shift away from complaining about problems and towards solving problems. A shift away from sitting on the sidelines and towards participating in the process. A shift away from expecting things to be done for us and towards getting things done ourselves. A shift towards progress. It may be happening slower than we like, but it’s happening nonetheless.
While the comments online may seem to say otherwise, we truly believe that Mountlake Terrace is not as divided as it may appear. During campaigning there is obviously two sides fighting for what they believe is best for our community and there isn’t opportunity to work together. That’s behind us for now. There are certainly those who have a track record of saying “NO” to every solution proposed and that likely won’t change moving forward. But for the rest of us, there’s work to do.
So what’s next? Well, our city council members have some tough decisions to make and they’re not going to be easy. Remember that the city council members are our neighbors and friends and they need our help and participation. If we could have one thing stick from this campaign it would be getting people to participate. Participation does not mean waiting for a solution to be proposed and then saying “NO”. Participation means being a part of the process. Go to public meetings, give your opinion, be informed.
We’d like to thank everyone who put so much hard work in to the Proposition 1 campaign: the local businesses who displayed signs and donated, the residents who tirelessly door belled, phone called, liked and shared our positive message, the city council members who listened to those of us who wanted to give it one more try, and most of all the MLT residents who voted yes.
The Yes for MLT Citizen’s Campaign