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New City Hall Concepts, July 11, 2018

Project Timeline

Spring - Fall 2018 Design
Winter 2018 - 2019 Prepare Bid Documents - Issue Construction Bid Notice
Spring 2019 - Winter 2020 Construction
CHAC Recommended Layout

Past Meeting Dates

July 11, 2018, 6 p.m. Community Open House #2
April 5, 2018, 6 p.m. Community Open House #1 

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.

Police Station

Project Overview

  • The estimated cost of the Project (both design and construction) including the costs of issuing and selling the bonds authorized by ordinance, is $12,500,000.

  • Civic Campus Redevelopment Project consists of:

    1. Approximately 18,000 square feet for City Hall (City Council Chambers, public lobby, City offices and associated parking)

    2. Police Station expansion of approximately 3,100 square feet.

  • Additional Scopes of Services: In order to keep the project estimate down, the City Hall Advisory Committee recommended using alternate funding for these components of the Civic Campus redevelopment project. This means that renovations/remodel of the existing Police Station and a planned public gathering space (between City Hall and 58th) are outside the scope of the $12,500,000 amount. The city is reviewing other options to fund design and construction of these project components.

Estimated Cost for Taxpayers

  • 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