Letter to the Editor: Vote No on Prop 1

Monday, October 14, 2019

To the Editor:

I want to encourage voters to vote No on Prop 1 and this is why:
- Combining parks with the building of the aquatic center is too costly and accountability gets lost with so many projects.
- The park’s projects are controversial- lose a space but gain a different space. The city council has not provided enough information on this.
- The property tax is too high for the average lower middle class. It becomes a burden.
- The seniors seem to dominate on the general layout yet many will not pay the full tax cost.
- The land acquisition is too costly especially when the school district can provide the space - think demolish current pool building and replace with new.
- Consider a model that generates profit and can lower the tax burden.
- The Snohomish Aquatics Center was funded and owned by the school district and was designed to make a profit. The city agreed to pay water and sewer costs while the intent of the design was to encourage public attraction, discounts for citizens paying water/sewage in return residents will get a discount on their bill when they purchase a monthly or yearly pass. The Snohomish pool cost a 22 million Not 100 plus million. They kept the public up to date and were very cost conscious. An example - And this
- Shoreline City Council needs to do more homework and keep our tax paying citizens in the forefront when making these costly decisions. Working middle class families don’t alway have the voice but you rely on our property tax for expensive projects.
See the article

Please look for yourself at other cities that built similar projects and you will see this is full of flaws and Not Transparent. The proper site alone is expensive, non-transparent, and located at a terrible spot that does not serve most residents. It serves Council members who want to take a swim in the middle of their work day!

Please consider what I’ve postulated and vote with your gut feeling. Take note the flyers put out today are vague at best and the Aquatic Center is the “carrot” being dangled. We need transparency and accountability so vote No and let’s have a single proposition for the Aquatic Center and keep costs down while generating profit!

Lisa K Beck
Shoreline



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