Letter | Vote Yes for the Si View Metropolitan Parks District Aquatic Center


[Letter by Chris Lodahl– North Bend, WA. Views expressed are those of the author, not the Living Snoqualmie website. You may submit letters of support for your candidate or issue to [email protected]]

Your August 2n/a vote has a bond proposal for the Si View Metropolitan Parks District Aquatic Center. I voted for and strongly support the new pool center and the public process with the feasibility and evaluation study.

Consultant studies are important to the public process, especially when public money is spent. My personal feeling is that Si View Metropolitan Parks is the most “chosen” Board of Commissioners in the Valley.

Projects are planned with just the facts; board vision is high; transparency vis-à-vis the public is 100%; your taxes are spent prudently and the staff are excellent at managing day-to-day operations.

Last week I spoke with several of you about the new Aquatics Center and noticed some confusion on different issues regarding the new Aquatics Center in Si View District. Some of the issues were:

  1. I have a lot of time to decide because we will vote again in November on the aquatic center obligation. Sorry, this is just a single vote on Bond with your ballot scheduled for August 2n/a – so don’t delay.
  2. I can sell my house for XXXX $, so I would pay XXXX $ on the Bond. The bond is based on “estimated value” not “market value”. Estimated value is below or below market value. The voucher is based on your “2021” valuation, not your 2022 valuation – so using the “2021” it would be $1.62 per 100,000.
  3. The city‘s parks commission put this bond proposal on the ballot. No, the city park commission is made up of residents appointed as an advisory board to the city government. The Si View Metropolitan Parks District is a “separate government entity” with an “elected” Board of Commissioners with powers under state law, including bond proposals.
  4. What are the boundaries of the Si View Parks district? The district includes all of the upper valley except for the town of Snoqualmie.
  5. I will have to pay for those who do not live in the District. The District has a Non-Residence Fee Policy: “The District invites all residents of the Snoqualmie Valley area to participate in our programs. Residents living within the park district boundaries directly support the operations of district programs and services through property taxes. The resident/non-resident fee structure provides an equitable contribution to district operations by all customers. »
  6. Tell me again how the YMCA is involved in the pool. The YMCA is “not” involved in this aquatic center link. The Town of Snoqualmie was attempting a private/town partnership with its YMCA to build a municipal swimming pool, also operated by the YMCA. To date, Snoqualmie has not conducted a feasibility study and consultant evaluation. Additionally, the Si View Metropolitan Parks District is a public entity with an “elected” Board of Commissioners to oversee the public interest (vs. private) and operation of the Si View District Aquatic Center.
  7. So the pool is located in North Bend or Snoqualmie? Land has been purchased across from the Si View Park Playground. The North Bend municipal sewer is right there so it won’t be a cost factor.

The King County Localscape Assessor is a tax tool – King County WA – Analytics (localscape.property) for what a property would pay for this bond proposal. Click on the “TAX” tab on the far right and zoom your mouse over the county map to any property. For example, my house in Old Si View costs $110, which would be my annual amount – the website further states, “The tax estimate for this ballot measure is based on your 2021 property value (which was used to calculate your 2022 tax bill).”

Also keep in mind that more and more new businesses/homes are being built from downtown North Bend to Truck Town over the years – these new assessed values ​​of structures are being added to the tax rolls. Therefore, the effect on the amount of the voucher will be less over time.

The Aquatic Center is off to a good start; the land has been purchased; another $4 million grant from King County; plus $1.7 million in capital improvement funds. The old swimming pool is 84 years old, built in 1938 for 600 residents; high maintenance costs; unable to provide multiple uses at the same time; lived a good life.

The Aquatic Center is accessible to everyone, young and old. It is time to vote yes for the present as for the future.

Respectfully,

Chris Lodahl, Mayor of North Bend 1992-1995, Council Member 1990-1991

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