By Doug Petrowski
By a 7-0 vote Monday night, the Mountlake Terrace City Council approved the placement of a $25 million general obligation bond measure on an April 23 special election ballot for the purpose of building a new civic center. The ballot proposal requires 60-percent approval by city voters for passage.
If approved, the funds raised from selling municipal bonds would go toward construction of a new city hall building that would include office space and a community/senior center. Money raised would also pay for renovation and expansion of the current Mountlake Terrace Police Department, and upgrades to the current library building, including new HVAC systems, a new roof and new furniture.
The 30-year bonds would be financed with an increase of residentsí property taxes; the hike for the average Mountlake Terrace homeowner would be $3.77 per month in 2014, then $13.66 per month beginning in 2015 until the bonds are paid off.
The ballot measure, expected to be titled Proposition 1, represents the third try of the Mountlake Terrace City Council to get a bond issue for a new civic center passed. City voters turned down a $37.5 million plan in November 2010 by a wide margin, with only 47 percent approving. When the measure was rerun in August 2012, it received 57 percent approval, still 124 votes short of reaching the required 60-percent yes votes for passage.
The city council is next expected to take up a resolution in favor of the April 23 bond measure, most likely at its Tuesday, Jan. 22† meeting.