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After no previous public input, Yelm’s Council to ask
public to fund $5.742 million in bonds for park


Yelm Public Safety Building & City Council Chambers

With little advance notice, the Yelm City Council will consider and likely approve tomorrow a special August vote of Yelm citizens for $5.742 million in “a proposition authorizing the City to issue its general obligation bonds, for the purpose of expanding and improving Yelm City Park.”

Editor’s Note:
While I applaud the Yelm City Council for having this on their agenda NOW for a vote by their constituents, interesting that they NEVER had any public discourse nor previously involved the pubic on their park expansion idea, as is usual, yet they now want the public to approve almost $6 million in bonds?
Who are they kidding?
The city’s Staff Report says “the property tax levy would be up to 61 cents per thousand dollars of assessed valuation for 25 years. This equates to around $110 per year for an average household in Yelm.”

The city assumes the average Yelm home’s assessed value is $200,000, when many are in the $250,000 – $300,000 range. Do the math: a $300,000 assessed-value home would pay $180 a year for 25 years for the park plan. A supermajority of 60 percent is required to pass the levy.
YIKES!

Gosh, while a park is nice, do the property owners in Yelm want another bond issue on their back of $110-$220 annually for 25 years?

Two years ago Mayor Harding said the City of Yelm could only afford to spend $600,000 on a library facility and finally spent $1 million on a less-than-satisfactory 2nd floor library facility with little parking, when other sites were available.
They added another $1 million to the library bond without public input!

Wake-up!
People are hurting here and they now want to put $6 million in debt on their taxpayers’ back?
WHERE IS THE OUTRAGE FROM YELM CITIZENS, WHO ARE PAYING A 13+% WATER/SEWER RATE INCREASE ANNUALLY!

AS IS THE CUSTOM OF THE YELM CITY COUNCIL, THEY PROVIDE LITTLE ADVANCE NOTICE FOR PUBLIC SESSIONS OF THIS IMPORTANCE.

On Tuesday, May 7:

“The City of Yelm has scheduled a special meeting of the City Council to consider the Citys Community Center and City Park, including an ordinance providing for the submission to the voters of the City at the primary election to be held August 6, 2013, a proposition authorizing the City to issue its general obligation bonds for the purpose of paying a portion of the cost of expanding and improving the Yelm City Park (including a community center) in an amount of no more than $5,742,000, payable by annual property tax levies in excess of the regular property tax levies. The special meeting will be held Tuesday, May 7, 2013, 6:00 pm at the Public Safety Building, Council Chambers, 206 McKenzie Ave, Yelm Washington. For additional information, please contact Janine Schnepf, 360 458 8402. It is the City of Yelm’s policy to provide reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities. If you are a person with a disability in need of accommodations to conduct business or to participate in government processes or activities, please contact Janine Schnepf, at 360-458-8402.”

– The Yelm City Council is considering a Master Parks Plan for Yelm City Park. The proposed plan can be seen at www.yelmcitypark.net

Posted by Steve on May 6, 2013 at 6:09 am | Permalink

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