By Linda Rogers
Chair, Yes for MLT campaign
In less than one week, voters will have their ballots in hand. The citizens group “Yes for MLT” (YesForMLT.com) is stepping up their positive messages about Proposition 1, the Civic Center proposal. Volunteers say they are energized by the support they are getting from the community and from speaking with undecided voters who have been misinformed by the “no new taxes” initiative.
Those opposed to Proposition 1 have said that supporters are asking for too much money by including a community center and police department upgrades, rather than a “stand-alone” city hall. The bond issue is not too much. In this economy, which is slowly recovering — asking voters for around $10 a month is not only reasonable, it is a bargain for what we will be getting for our money in this competitive construction market. Proposition 1 is about more than just a city hall. ItÊ¼s also about the revitalization of our downtown core, keeping our city safe, protecting our investment in our library and providing amenities for families and citizens of all ages.
Proposition 1 proposes building a city hall and community center on property the City already owns in downtown MLT. The plans include major security and safety upgrades to police headquarters, which are currently outdated and undersized. There is also funding for renovations to the MLT Library, one of the CityÊ¼s most popular and most-utilized facilities.
Dozens of volunteers have been hard at work since January reaching out to residents who are in support of the project and those who want more information. The time is now for Mountlake Terrace to provide its residents with an economical, vibrant Civic Center – and to provide our first responders with a modern, safe and secure facility. We are not asking for a grandiose or wasteful project. There are many needs in the community that will be met with this project. ItÊ¼s not responsible for us to kick these needs down the road for others to solve.
Voters who are still undecided can get questions answered at YesForMLT.com. The YES campaign has posted a FAQ page that addresses some of the “no new taxes” opposition arguments and helps clarify the history and details of the Civic Center plan.