The Edwards Agency

Opinion

The Civic Center Bond Issue: Arguments for and against

AGAINST: You voted NO last time, you should vote no again

Bob Dixon by Bob Dixon, former City Councilmember, Woodinville
The city would have you believe that for only $6 million, the 10,000 citizens of Woodinville will have a Community Center. They don't tell you that the final cost, including interest, will be well over 15 million dollars.
   The city spent over $4,000 of your money for three mailings for an issue to be put before the voters. By law, the city should not use taxpayer money to promote ballot issues. Do you really believe that the city will be responsible in spending more of your money if the bond issue passes?
   Here are the facts as revealed by the Comprehensive Plan, city records, and the agreement between the city and the Northshore School District:
   Despite what proponents have said, if the bonds fail, the School District does not have to sell the property to private developers. The School District needs the Sorenson classrooms. If the bonds pass, there is an agreement to lease back the classrooms to the School District for up to five years. The School District hasn't said that they will sell to private developers if the bonds fail. Only the proponents have made that statement.
   The city "estimated" $4-$5 million for a new City Hall. This contradicts city public records which show a $3.1 million detailed estimate. The city conveniently "upped" the estimate for a new City Hall, just as they have possibly lowered the costs to overhaul and remodel the old Woodinville School and Sorenson School. You can bet the farm that there will be "cost overruns" if this bond issue passes. Also, there is an agreement between the School District and Youth Soccer and Little League which was signed in 1993 for 35 years use of the ball fields.
   The city plans to issue a total of $12.8 million in bonds; $6 million now and the balance in 1999. Why hasn't the city been up front with the taxpayers by telling them that they plan not one, but two bond issues?
   It is in black and white in the city's Comprehensive Plan passed by the City Council, available at City Hall and your public library. Chapter 10, p. 8, Table 10-1 tells the story. Make your decision on factual information, not on unfounded threats or "Sales Brochures" you receive in the mail.