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City of Bothell

Proposition No. 2
Fire Station Bonds

The Bothell City Council adopted Ordinance No. 2254 (2018), regarding voter approval for financing fire station improvements.

If approved, this proposition would authorize the City to reconstruct or renovate and equip two fire stations and make related capital improvements. It would authorize issuance of no more than $35,500,000 of general obligation bonds maturing within 20 years and the levy of the annual levy of excess property taxes to pay and retire such bonds, all as provided in Ordinance No. 2254 (2018).

Should this proposition be approved?

Yes

No


The City of Bothell proposes a $35.5 million bond over 20 years that would fund a complete replacement of two City-owned Fire Stations at Canyon Park and Downtown.

Both fire stations need safety upgrades and technical modernization after over 30 years of 24/7 fire and EMS response. Two proposed new low-maintenance, energy efficient, modern fire stations would correct current inefficiencies and safety concerns as well as accommodate growth into the future.

If approved by voters, the issuance of these bonds would result in additional property taxes of $130 per year ($10.83 per month) on a $500,000 home.  This bond increase is $.26 per $1,000 of assessed value and would raise $35.5 million dollars.

At any moment your life and/or property could depend on Bothell’s Fire Department for fire and medical services (including Medic One). Our firefighters averaged 17.4 callouts/day in 2017. While their equipment and training are top-notch, two of our fire stations are seriously outdated and must be brought up to current standards.

When Stations 42/Downtown and 45/Canyon Park were built in 1980 and 1985, Bothell’s population was 8,000 and 10,000 respectively. Today Bothell has nearly 45,000 residents with a dramatically different demographic and thousands more homes and commercial properties needing protection.

Our firefighters deserve adequate facilities in which to live, work and train. The new stations will meet all current national and state regulatory requirements to protect their health and wellbeing. They will include an up-to-date Emergency Operations Center, appropriate quarters for female firefighters, and accommodate projected staffing for 25 – 30 years.

We paid off the Police Station bond in 2017 which reduced our city tax by ~$0.10/$1,000 Assessed Value. Thus this bond will effectively increase taxes on a $500,000 home by only $0.16/$1,000 AV ($80 per year or $6.67 per month).

Inform yourself at:  www.BothellPublicSafety.org  and www.bothellwa.gov/publicsafety

then vote Yes! to ensure continued delivery of Bothell’s number-one responsibility: Public Safety.

Submitted by: Bill Moritz, Sara J. Glerum, www.BothellPublicSafety.org

No statement submitted.

Statements in favor of and in opposition to a ballot measure are submitted by committees appointed by the jurisdiction. No persons came forward to serve on the committee and to write a statement in opposition. If you would like to be involved with a committee in the future please contact the jurisdiction.

 

60% yes vote with minimum turnout of 3,941 voters (Wash. Const. art. 7, sec. 2(b))

Barbara Ramey, Public Information Officer, 425-806-6144, barbara.ramey@bothellwa.gov

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