Northwest NEWS

May 25, 1998

Front Page

Bothell park bond falls short

  by Andrew Walgamott
Staff reporter




   BOTHELL--Bothell's $9.53 million park bond was voted down last week, the city's third parks bond this decade to fail. Though results still need to be certified, figures from King and Snohomish County elections departments May 22 show the bond received only a 52.5 percent yes vote. In the case of bonds, sixty percent approval is required for passage.
  
   "I'm disappointed with the results, but grateful [to those] who supported it," Mayor Debbie Treen said. "Now it's time for us to regroup and find out what the people want." There were 3,173 yes votes and 2,873 no votes. The bond had something for everyone, from basketball courts and softball diamonds to picnic tables and trails. It had more support in Snohomish County where 55.3 percent of voters approved. Included in the bond was $2.6 million to develop Thrashers Corner Regional Park and Cedar Grove Park, two parks on the Snohomish County side of Bothell. In King County, the bond failed to receive 50 percent approval, coming in just three-tenths shy of the mark.
  
   While Treen didn't care to speculate on why it didn't pass, Councilmember Terry Olsen said there was no single reason. "I think the total dollar amount was an issue, as well as the components within the bond," Olsen said. He pointed out that half of the bond, the $4.91 million opportunity fund, was for unidentified park and trails acquisitions. The bond also had $1.25 million to upgrade playgrounds and picnic shelters and $770,000 for sports field development.
  
   Treen termed the failure "a setback for Bothell Parks," but said there was no immediate impact to the department other than on morale. She said she would be suggesting the City Council conduct a survey of Bothell residents. "This is the third failure. What was missing? Why do we miss 60 percent every time?" Treen said. A 1992 measure failed by half of a percentage point, and a 1993 bond lost by over five percent.
  
   Mayor Debbie Treen termed the failure "a setback for Bothell Parks," but said there was no immediate impact to the department other than on morale. She said she would be suggesting the City Council conduct a survey of Bothell residents. "This is the third failure. What was missing? Why do we miss 60 percent every time?"