Drawing courtesy: City of Yelm
Even since the City of Yelm approved a five+ year program in 2009 to annually increase water rates, followed by a 3 year annual sewer rate increase, residents have been shocked by their monthly water/sewer bills.
– WATER & SEWER RESERVES PARTIAL FUND COMMUNITY CENTER
Now, the Nisqually Valley News reported that the Yelm Community Center, whose bonds were rejected TWICE on ballot propositions, is being partially funded by water-sewer reserves:
“$11,780 from the water reserve fund, and $58,300 from the sewer reserve fund.”
Water/sewer installation certainly do not cost $70,000+ ($11,780 + $58,300) requiring the city’s water/sewer reserves to be utilized.
– $1 MILLION ADDED TO LIBRARY DEBT WITHOUT PUBLIC OK
Further, the Yelm City Council approved adding an additional $1,000,000 to the $1,000,000 Library Bond for a 4,950 square feet community center, without public input. Yet the Nisqually Valley News reported October 30, “The new community center design includes a 3,300-square-foot multipurpose space.”
– RESERVE FUNDS ARE HELD BY MUNICIPALITIES FOR ONE PURPOSE ONLY – TO BE USED AS DESIGNATED IN AN EMERGENCY!
What happens when these water and sewer monies are needed in an emergency?
This move sets a dangerous precedent here.
– How do THE voters feel that voted this down on 2 ballots?
– How do tax payers feel to know the city added an additional $1 million to the $1 million library bond for a community center, where the public was not consulted?
– Many new public buildings nationwide are designed as LEEDS certified, the best way to demonstrate that a building project is truly “green.” Why is Yelm not following LEEDS certification with this public building?
– I have always been in favor of a community center, however am on the record objecting to the lack of public involvement in the process!
WHERE IS THE PUBLIC OUTRAGE?
– UPDATE: November 13, 2014
Click here for the Letter to the Editor published in the Nisqually Valley News on this issue.