November 9, 1998
Riverview bond fails again
Duvall police, fire levies passing
by Lisa Allen
Valley View Editor
Three levies were apparently one too many for Valley voters last week, as they approved continued fire and police protection for Duvall but decided against paying for improved athletic fields for local schoolkids.
The Duvall police services levy passed easily with 61 percent voting in favor. The Fire District 45 levy lift, which required only a simple majority to pass, garnered 52 percent "yes" votes.
The Riverview School District did not find it any easier going than it had in previous attempts to fund sports facilities for Cedarcrest High School and improvements at other schools.
By Friday, the vote on the $6.5 million bond issue was 48 percent in favor and 51 percent against. In order to pass, the measure needed 60 percent voting "yes."
"The voters have spoken," said Riverview Superintendent Dr. Jack Ernst last week. "The trend is clear. The community is clearly not ready to support it."
He said the school board will discuss it at their next meeting.
"I still think the majority of the community wants it, but we really need a landslide of voters to approve it," he said. "It's an important issue, and over time means quality recreation and healthy activities for our youngsters as compared to the alternatives."
In the meantime the district has put out a lot of effort in an attempt to keep the Tolt field playable, he said.
"But there are no sewers so the water just accumulates on the field," he explained. "Most of the water comes from below because it's a low flood plain and underneath it is just a big lake. Right now the field is 6 to 8 inches of mud."