Northwest NEWS

October 12, 1998


Build now, tax later attitude is questionable

   The City of Lake Forest Park wants a new home. What they have now is apparently not good enough, so they have a plan to spend $6.1 million on a luxurious facility that will feature underground parking, multiple elevators, seven conference rooms and a spectacular lobby.
   The City of Seattle wanted an expensive new home, too, and the voters turned it down. The citizens of LFP may not have the same opportunity, as the city plans to go to bid with the project next month without secured funding.
   This attitude of build it now, tax whatever later must be addressed. In these uncertain times, there is clearly a worldwide financial crisis. Is this the proper time for our elected officials to demand a fancy new home rather than work in the one they have?
   There is a funding meeting Oct. 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the council chambers (at the City Hall building) in the Lake Forest Park Shopping Center. If you wish to express your concern, this might be your chance.
   Jack Tonkin, Lake Forest Park