City Hall Project
Proposition 1 Information
City Hall Construction & Police Station Expansion
November 7, 2017
What is Proposition 1?
The City of Mountlake Terrace is asking voters to consider Proposition 1, which would authorize up to $12,500,000 in bonds for Civic Campus improvements, and excess property taxes to repay those bonds. The bonds would mature within 30 years.
Currently the City is renting office space to provide city services after a ceiling collapse at the former City Hall in 2008. Voters approved a levy lid lift in 2016 to provide a funding source for the rent in order to allow sufficient time to fund, design and construct a new City Hall.
A nine-member committee of residents was appointed by the City Council in late 2016 to develop a plan for a City Hall with community input. The committee spent the first part of 2017 evaluating what was needed for a City Hall and Police Station expansion, and meeting with the community for input on design, cost and layout.
The result of the committee’s work was a recommendation for a City Hall and Police Station expansion on different ballots at different times.
Following a number of meetings to discuss the project further with the committee and community, the City Council reduced the size of the proposed City Hall, and combined City Hall construction and the Police Station expansion into one project at the Civic Campus, and seek voter approval to accomplish both for $12.5 million.
The cost of the project is one-half of the project proposed in 2012 and 2013.
If approved the Civic Campus improvements would include:
- Construction of City Hall (approximately 18,000 square feet) to provide for city services including, among other things, space for City Council meetings, administration, building and planning, engineering and finance.
- Expansion of the current Police Station (approximately 3,000 square feet).
Although the exact amount of annual bond levies would depend on interest rates and property values, the City anticipates a bond tax rate of approximately $0.27 per $1,000 of assessed value for 2018, or $76.63 per year ($6.39 per month) for a $283,800 average home. Exemptions from taxes may be available to certain qualified homeowners.
If Proposition 1 is Approved
Property taxes will be reduced by $400,000 in 2021 when the City is no longer renting space.
Civic Campus Proposition No. 1
On July 20, 2017, the City Council adopted Ordinance No. 2711 that places the Civic Campus capital bond measure on the November 7, 2017 election ballot (City of Mountlake Terrace Proposition 1) for voter consideration. A public hearing was held on August 7 to allow the public the opportunity to speak in support of or in opposition to Proposition 1, and consider a resolution in support of the ballot measure.
Washington law requires that before adopting an official position on a ballot measure, the City Council must first hold a public hearing to enable the public an opportunity to state their position (either for or against). Following the public hearing, a motion was made to adopt a resolution expressing support for City Mountlake Terrace Proposition No. 1, which reads:
PROPOSITION NO. 1
CITY OF MOUNTLAKE TERRACE
CIVIC CAMPUS BONDS
The City Council of the City of Mountlake Terrace adopted Ordinance No. 2711 concerning a proposition for financing Civic Campus improvements. If approved, this proposition would authorize the City to issue bonds to construct a new City Hall and expand the Police Station. It would authorize the issuance of not more than $12,500,000 of general obligation bonds maturing within 30 years, and authorize the annual levy of excess property taxes to pay such bonds, as provided in Ordinance No. 2711.
- $12.5 million funded with tax exempt municipal bonds
- Includes new City Hall & Police Station Expansion on city-owned property at 232nd Street & 58th Avenue
City Hall Construction
- $10.7 million
- About 18,000 square feet of space
- Includes Council Chambers, city offices, lobby
- Departments include City Council, administration, community & economic development, community relations, customer service, engineering, finance, human resources, information services
Police Station Expansion
- $1.8 million
- About 3,000 square feet of additional space to alleviate overcrowding at Police Station
- Security improvements
- Cost reduced by 50% from 2012 and 2013 measures
- 27¢ per $1,000 Assessed Value (AV) per year
- $81 per year or $6.75 per month for a $300,000 home
- Property taxes will be reduced by $400,000 in 2021 when the city is no longer renting space
- Property tax exemptions may be available for senior and disabled homeowners
What is Your Property Tax Impact?
For the average home value of $283,800 (as determined by the Snohomish County Assessor’s Office), a levy rate of 27¢ per $1,000 of assessed valuation would be $76.63 per year.
This amount would be reduced as new construction in Mountlake Terrace is added to the assessed valuation and contributes to the annual debt payment. It will also be reduced in 2020 when the portion of the current levy being used to pay rent goes away.