Northwest NEWS

April 16, 2001

Front Page

Students push for voter approval

by Lisa Allen
   Valley View Editor
   DUVALL‹Dozens of Cedarcrest High School students got together on a recent Saturday to create two mini-athletic fields near Duvall and Carnation in hopes of encouraging residents to vote for Proposition One on May 15. The measure is a $5.75 million capital projects bond issue which would pay for school repairs to three schools in the district, athletic fields at Cedarcrest and completion of the Cedarcrest Performing Arts Center.
   Students wanted to draw attention to the facts that the 7-year-old high school has no outdoor athletic facilities except for a practice field, that school roofs are leaking and that the performing arts center has yet to be finished.
   Slightly over $3.2 million of the bond issue would pay for construction of a football/soccer field, track and field facility, bleachers and a concession building.
   About $2.2 million would go towards roof repairs at Tolt Middle School, Cedarcrest High School and Stillwater Elementary and some structural repairs and seismic upgrades to Tolt. Included in the measure is $225,000 for lighting and other fixtures for the performing arts center, which is being used at an ever-increasing rate.
   The 20-year bond issue would cost property owners an estimated 21.5 cents per $1,000 of assessed value or $43 per year for a $200,000 home.
   Senior citizens with an annual income of $30,000 or less can submit a property tax exemption form. Forms and information are available at the Sno-Valley Senior Center, local King County libraries and at the schools.
   This will be the Riverview District's sixth try at passing a proposition to build athletic fields.