Council recommends pro and con writers for voters guide
by Jeff Switzer
WOODINVILLE--Last week, the City Council finalized the wording for the $6 million Civic Center bond measure going on the fall ballot, and then authorized the city manager to contact writers for voters pamphlet.
The council recommended that former councilmember Mark Jessup and Mayor Bob Miller be asked to write the pro statement, and that former councilmember Bob Dixon be invited to write the statement against the issue.
Dixon is the only voice in the community who has consistently opposed the purchase of the C.O. Sorenson and Old Woodinville Schoolhouse for use as a community center, citing their age and the projected total $14.5 million cost (in 1996 dollars) for full renovations, additional properties, streetscapes, and trail links.
Members of the council have said it is not their intention to develop the site immediately, as described in the citizen advisory panel's vision, but to do it gradually over time, with in-kind donations of time, materials, and labor from the community.
Should the 20-year bonds be approved by 60 percent of the voters turning out Sept. 17, property taxes would increase by $0.50 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, or $75 on a $150,000 house.
The Woodinville City Council passed several other measures in the past few weeks, including first reading of an ordinance allowing batting cages as a conditional use in the industrial zone. This issue had failed to garner the necessary four votes for passage in May, failing 3-2 amid concern of using a site within the Sexually Oriented Businesses Overlay District.
The council also approved creation of the Jerry Wilmot Green Gateway trust fund, which guarantees that all donations made for the park's development will be spent accordingly.