This November, Duvall voters will have an opportunity to approve Proposition 1, a community levy to invest in Duvall’s future. The 9-year, $330,000 annual investment would provide the funding for improvements to Big Rock Ballfields, increased school safety, and better service delivery through technology upgrades.
Approximately two-thirds of the levy funds are for improvements to Big Rock Ballfields. The 10-acre park is the only ball park facility within Duvall city limits and owned by the city of Duvall. Currently, the fields are frequently unusable due to poor drainage and lack of lighting.
The city will invest $3 million total into two lighted synthetic turf fields, parking, a perimeter trail, lighting and other site improvements. In addition to levy funds, the city currently has $1.7 million in grant funds and savings for the project. This includes funding support from Little League and soccer associations.
The levy would also fund a full-time school resource officer program to serve the over 3,000 students from elementary through high school. Currently, a resource officer is present at the high school an average of 20 hours/week. A full-time resource officer program will ensure consistency and collaboration in the protection of Duvall’s children by building on relationships between the school district, city and police department.
Having regularly stationed school resource officers is a proactive approach to school safety that is supported by the school district.
The remaining balance of levy funds will go toward upgrading the city of Duvall’s antiquated technological systems. As the City Council resolution passed earlier in July stated, “the City has not been able to consistently invest in critical IT systems, which form the backbone of government service delivery and public safety.”
In order to ensure that the city’s technological systems are reliable and records are secure, antiquated systems must be modernized. IT upgrades will improve staff’s ability to provide efficient and dependable customer service.
The estimated cost of the levy is $0.325 per $1,000 of assessed value. For a home valued at $400,000, the levy would cost approximately $10.83 per month. The city of Duvall has several revenue sources, primarily property taxes, sales tax, and fees for services.
These revenue sources pay for government services such as police, parks and roads. In order to pay for additional services, it is necessary to ask voters to approve a tax increase.
A separate ballot measure, Advisory Vote 1, asks Duvall voters to provide an advisory vote whether or not to enact a prohibition of fireworks within city limits. More information about the fireworks advisory vote can be found at www.duvallwa.gov.