Civic Campus Project
|January 26, 2018||Statement of Qualifications Received|
|February 15, 2018||Interviews of Firms|
|March 5, 2018||Award of Contract|
|Spring 2018||Begin Public Outreach on Design of Building and Public Spaces|
City Hall Construction & Police Station Expansion
Mountlake Terrace voters approved Proposition 1 in November, 2017, which authorizes up to $12,500,000 in bonds for Civic Campus improvements, and excess property taxes to repay those bonds. The bonds would mature within 30 years.
Currently the City is renting office space to provide city services after a ceiling collapse at the former City Hall in 2008. Voters approved a levy lid lift in 2016 to provide a funding source for the rent in order to allow sufficient time to fund, design and construct a new City Hall.
A nine-member committee of residents was appointed by the City Council in late 2016 to develop a plan for a City Hall with community input. The committee spent the first part of 2017 evaluating what was needed for a City Hall and Police Station expansion, and meeting with the community for input on design, cost and layout.
The result of the committee’s work was a recommendation for construction of a new City Hall and Police Station expansion.
Following additional input from the committee and community, the City Council moved forward with a $12.5 million proposal for a new City Hall and expansion of Police Station on the November 7, 2017 ballot.
The $12.5 million cost of the project is one-half of the project proposed in 2012 and 2013.
The Civic Campus project will include:
- Construction of City Hall (approximately 18,000 square feet) to provide for city services including, among other things, space for City Council meetings, administration, building and planning, engineering and finance.
- Expansion of the current Police Station (adding approximately 3,000 square feet).
Although the exact amount of annual bond levies would depend on interest rates and property values, the City anticipates a bond tax rate of approximately $0.27 per $1,000 of assessed value for 2018. This means the owner of a $300,000 home would pay $81 (300 x .27) the first year. This cost will go down as new development occurs. Property taxes will also be reduced in 2021, when over $400,000 currently used to pay rent at Interim City Hall goes away. Exemptions from taxes may be available to certain qualified homeowners, call Snohomish County Assessor’s Office at (425) 388-3540 for more information.
- $12.5 million funded with tax exempt municipal bonds
- Includes new City Hall & Police Station Expansion on city-owned property at 232nd Street & 58th Avenue
City Hall Construction
- $10.7 million
- About 18,000 square feet of space
- Includes Council Chambers, city offices, lobby
- Departments include City Council, administration, community & economic development, community relations, customer service, engineering, finance, human resources, information services
Police Station Expansion
- $1.8 million
- About 3,000 square feet of additional space to alleviate overcrowding at Police Station
- Security improvements
- Cost reduced by 50% from 2012 and 2013 measures
- 27¢ per $1,000 Assessed Value (AV) per year
- $81 per year or $6.75 per month for a $300,000 home
- Property taxes will be reduced by $400,000 in 2021 when the city is no longer renting space
- Property tax exemptions may be available for senior and disabled homeowners