At this point, we don’t know if the center will be $40M or $80M. But, we do know that this tax will last forever. It may only cost a few hundred or a thousand per year for some homeowners, but over 30 years, this can mean tens of thousands of tax dollars for homeowners.
What we have been told so far:
· Council invested $500,000 to evaluate potential public and private sites
· Seven to nine acres of private land for the ARC will cost up to $20 million dollars
· The ARC design cost could range as high as another $5 million.
· Building cost? We don’t know. Yet, we are being asked to vote on this unknown amount for an unlimited period of time.
My other concern is that City and/or State agencies sometimes build facilities that are far more expensive than the private sector. On occasion, they run over budget and over time. For instance, consider the projected cost of $40M to $80M then look at these Aquatic/Recreation Centers designed, built and operated by the YMCA in Washington. These guys know what they’re doing – because they have been doing it for 100 years.
And a ‘good to know fact’ - Kirkland isn’t the first city to lose a school pool. Stanwood did too … and the Y is in the process of building a facility to meet the school’s need and the general public’s need. This site will have a competitive pool, a leisure pool with river and a big whirlpool. 3 pools!
We don’t need a Metropolitan Park District with a range of $0.25 to $0.75 per $1,000 for an endless period of time. We need the YMCA with their beautiful designs and proven operational knowledge.
Take a minute and look at the pictures of these sites. It will blow your mind. They look like resorts!
Oh .. and did I mention, if you join one Y – you join them all. If you need a work out close to home, close to school or close to work. You’re golden.
Why not the “Y”?