Today’s the final day to cast your vote for or against Proposition 1, the bond issue to finance a new civic center for the city. The measure, along with numerous federal and state office and court races, appears on the primary election ballot due in the mail Tuesday, Aug. 7.
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. Proposition 1 requires a 60-percent yes vote for approval.
Both supporters and opponents of the measure have been working to get voters to see their side of the issue. YES for MLT – Mountlake Terrace Civic Center, the official citizens group campaign for Proposition 1, has been active in the community since April, hosting a website and facebook page, and putting out flyers and press releases. The group has also been doorbelling and calling Mountlake Terrace residents seeking support for the measure.
The Citizens Against Proposition 1 committee has also made efforts in the community to push their side of the issue with “Vote No” yard signs that began appearing around Mountlake Terrace in July. Also, an independently-produced flier advocating against the measure was passed out to viewers of the Tour de Terrace parade last month.
Margaret Loiseau, spokesperson for the Citizens Against Proposition 1, was satisfied with the group’s work. “We have done what we could,” she said. “Isn’t democracy wonderful; now it’s time for the voters of Mountlake Terrace to decide.”
Primary election ballots must be postmarked by midnight, Aug. 7. You can find the final collection times of the nine USPS mail collection boxes in Mountlake Terrace here. There are no Snohomish County Secure Ballot Drop Boxes in Mountlake Terrace, the closest ones being near the libraries in Edmonds and Lynnwood. The deadline for placing your ballot in the drop box is 8 p.m. tonight.