Council’s decisions affect all citizens

Letter to the Editor.

  • Friday, October 3, 2008 4:44am
  • Opinion

I’d like to comment on the Jan. 18 article on the community center

debates. Mr. Mumma’s statement “the building being a means of uniting

the old and new Snoqualmie and the Snoqualmie Valley” is a true

statement.

I believe I’m right in stating providing community and recreational

resources for the children of the city of Snoqualmie probably took a

higher precedence during the decision and planning stages for the

community center and other facilities.

The council worked hard with its fiscal consultants to determine the

best period for construction of the community center, along with the other

facilities. It took into account WRECO mitigation fees, tax base and

population targets required to support the construction, operation and

maintenance of this facility, limiting/deleting

the need for tax increases to the citizens of the city. Consideration was

also taken on the amount of construction taking place at any one time over

a given period. This would allow the city to

provide for the phasing and monitoring of construction in the city

to ensure that monitoring points (traffic increase, population phases,

development costs) remained within the guidelines and [the city could] react if

necessary.

The period of construction for the community center shouldn’t be a

surprise to anyone as the documentation addressing the developmental phase

of the Ridge has always been public for view.

I worked part time for the Issaquah Parks and Recreation

Department from 1981 through 1995. I saw many programs start and fold due to lack

of participation (population and/or tax base not large enough to

support them). It wasn’t until 1993, the city of Issaquah’s fiscal consultants said

the community center was affordable due to the growth in the tax base and

population to support such a facility.

I hope the council sticks to the construction schedules agreed to and

does not take the risk of putting the city in a financial situation which will

waste the WRECO mitigation fees and cause tax increases.

The council must never forget decisions made affect all the citizens

of Snoqualmie.

Tony Yanez

Snoqualmie


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