CORRECTION We received a correction from the authors of the ARCalternative.vpweb.com site regarding the source of Y funds. We apologize for the error.
The community funding on the graph [below] means 'private donations' and grants. There was no taxation involved on any of these projects. These are all privately funded, with donations from the community, including individuals, businesses, grants applied for by the Ys grant writers and the Ys own lending source. This includes the land in most cases. Read the donor list on the last slide as an example of funding.
As follow up to this recent Letter to the Editor , some local folks have built a website explaining that what Kirkland really needs is a YMCA, not an ARC. The examples cited on the website show community funds contributed toward similar YMCA facilities in Washington State to be about $16 million. This is a bargain compared to the ill-planned Proposition No. 1 ARC with a price tag of between $60 million or more (even ARC proponents have no idea what it will ultimately cost because they have not yet done the homework necessary for firm cost estimates).
And of course, it goes without saying that... It's fun to stay at the Y.M.C.A.
Is the YMCA a good alternative for Kirkland? You be the judge.
Learn more about this proposal at http://arcalternative.vpweb.com