May 11, 1998

Local News

Bothell parks bonds ballots due May 19

  by Northlake News staff



   BOTHELL-The deadline for Bothell voters to mail in their parks bonds ballots is fast approaching. According to King County Elections, ballots for the $9.53 million bond must be postmarked on or by May 19, election day. The Snohomish County Auditor's Office advises voters on their side of the city to mail them before then. But for those who hold off until May 19, voters can bring their ballots to Bothell City Hall or Frank Love Elementary, or to the auditor's office in Everett. City Hall is located at 18305 101st Ave. N.E. Frank Love is at 303 224th St. S.E.
  
   Bothell residents are voting on a bond the City Council sent them last March that includes:
   * $4.91 million for the acquisition and development of parks and trails, and enhancing existing facilities;
  
   * $1.5 million to develop the 54-acre Thrashers Corner regional park;
  
   * $1.25 million for upgrading playgrounds and picnic shelters;
  
   * $1.1 million to build a soccer/softball field at Cedar Grove Park as well as basketball courts, picnic tables and passive trails through a wetland area;
  
   * $770,000 for sportsfield development.
  
   The 20-year bond would cost the owner of a $150,000 home $52.40 a year, the owner of a $200,000 home $69.86 a year. To validate, at least 3,534 ballots must be cast with at least 2,121 yes votes. Those numbers represent 40 percent of those who voted in last November's general election with 60 percent of that number voting yes, respectively.
  
   Ballots were mailed to King County voters the week of April 20, and the week of April 27 for Snohomish County voters. Registered voters who haven't received their ballots can call King County Elections at (206) 296-1573 or the Snohomish County Auditor's Office at (425) 388-3444.