MLT’s Proposition 1 gains a few more yes votes in second day of ballot counting

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The latest election results for Proposition 1, the bond issue for the Mountlake Terrace Civic Center, were released by the Snohomish County Department of Elections on Wednesday evening.  The measure received an additional 69 yes votes and 52 no votes, for a total of 1,993 votes cast so far.

The latest returns edge the approval percentage up slightly — from 56.09 percent to 56.15 percent — since the initial vote count was done on Tuesday, giving supporters some hope that they may be able to reach 60 percent voter approval when more ballots are counted.

Mountlake Terrace City Councilmember Seaun Richards said the Yes on Proposition 1 campaign should have a better idea by Friday of whether the measure has a chance of passage. If the measure fails, the city council will have to go back to voters for additional money to pay rent on the Redstone Corporate Building, the temporary location of City Hall since 2009. The previous city hall facility at 232nd Street and 58th Avenue West was razed following a ceiling collapse.

Approval of Proposition 1 would authorize the city to raise $25 million through the sale of municipal bonds to build a new city hall, build a new community/senior center, remodel and enlarge the current police station, upgrade furnishings and the roof of the library building, and construct outdoor campus space on the southwest corner of 232nd Street Southwest and 58th Avenue West. Repayment of the 30-year bonds would be through an increase in Mountlake Terrace property taxes beginning in 2014.

Mountlake Terrace Prop 1
Results as of 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8
Vote Count Percent
YES 1,119 56.15%
NO 874 43.85%
Total 1,993 100.00%

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