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City of Normandy Park

Proposition No. 1
Civic Center Capital Improvements General Obligation Bonds - $15,000,000

The City Council of the City of Normandy Park adopted Ordinance No. 1039 concerning this proposition for bonds. This proposition authorizes the construction of a new civic center to include indoor and outdoor recreation spaces, an early childhood education program, city and police administrative offices, council chambers, meeting and event rooms, and parking; to issue up to $15,000,000 of general obligation bonds maturing within a maximum term of 25 years to finance such improvements; and levy property taxes annually in excess of regular property tax levies to repay such bonds, as provided in Ordinance No. 1039. Should this proposition be:

Approved

Rejected


Passage of Proposition No. 1 would allow the City of Normandy Park, Washington to issue general obligation bonds.  In accordance with Ordinance No. 1039 approving this proposition, the bonds will pay for design, construction and equipping of a 23,000 square foot Civic Center at City Hall Park, to include City Hall and the Police Department; meeting and event rooms; indoor and outdoor community recreation spaces, including a gymnasium, dance studio, an outdoor playfield, basketball courts and parking spaces; environmentally-friendly outdoor green spaces and an early childhood education program (Normandy Park Preschool) for use by the City and its residents.  The new Civic Center would replace the buildings currently located at City Hall Park.  Costs of the project not paid by bonds would be paid from private donations and grants.  The bonds in the amount of not to exceed $15,000,000 would be repaid out of annual property tax levies over a period of up to 25 years.  The levy tax rate is estimated to be an increase of $0.508 per thousand dollars of assessed valuation.  The estimated annual property tax paid by an owner of a median assessed value home ($755,000) would be approximately $384 for the year or $32 per month for 2023. Exemptions from taxes may be available to certain homeowners.  To determine if you qualify, call the King County Assessor at 206-296-7300.

It is time for a new Civic Center!  We have never had one and the current city hall complex is dilapidated and needs replacement.  To retrofit the current structure would cost millions and be only 60 percent up to code! We have to act!

 

The proposed bond will cost us some tax dollars.  For a median assessed home valued at $755,000 it would be about $384 a year.  But these dollars will flow right back to us as a new Civic and Recreation Center.  No one is going to do it for us.  We have to do this for ourselves.

 

By voting Yes for Proposition 1, we move our city forward with new community meeting spaces, updated police facilities and modern recreation facilities with expanded recreation opportunities including more pickleball!  Our sacrifice now brings us a new facility sooner rather than later. 

 

Be a part of the positive Normandy Park community spirit and Vote Yes on the Proposition 1!

 

Submitted by: Ron Ebbers, (206) 248-1815

This is a $15 million blank check and does not take into account our high inflation rate. The bonds are for a new City Hall in the wrong place, at the wrong time. We can do better. It is time to reevaluate and think smarter not bigger. Please vote no.

Newer offices, if needed, would be most suitable in our underused business district.

Our engineers wrote we can mitigate earthquake risk at City Hall. QFC, Manhatten Square, Dunn Lumber and the Cove are about the same age and none is unusual or unsafe. Most buildings of this era can be afford-ably retrofitted if necessary. Ironically, the proposed site was tested and has unstable soils which the City’s consultants say would add well over $1 million to rapidly rising construction costs. Think smarter, not bigger.

To reiterate. Is this the right location for a park? Absolutely. For new officers? Absolutely not. Is it a good site for construction? No. The soil was bored, sample plugs tested, and is unstable. A No vote is not a vote against progress, rather recognition that this is an unusually costly time to build and finance. If needed, renovate. Please vote no.

Submitted by: David Miller

Now is the time to act! Vote Yes!  The best place for a new Civic Center is where City Hall is now.  Keep the police centrally located.  A new building will be seismically sound.  There is no way to retrofit the old one to make it safe.

 

Be bold Normandy Park citizens.  Some sacrifices are worth it and this is one of them.  Vote Yes on Proposition 1!

 

Submitted by: Ron Ebbers, (206) 248-1815

Did you know the Recreation Center was unnecessarily demolished before a voter-approved bond, even though the engineers estimated that a fully code-compliant retrofit would be half the cost of a new Center? Did you know that the proposed building site eliminates a children’s baseball field? Did you know that the City Council minutes have not been published since October?

 

We have a great City. We can be better, smarter, and more innovative. Please vote No.

 

Submitted by: David Miller

60% majority and minimum turnout of 40% of voters casting ballots in last general election (Wash. Const. art. VII, sec. 2(b))

For questions about this measure, contact: Amy Arrington, City Manager, (206) 248-8246, aarrington@normandyparkwa.gov

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