Pro/Con committee members needed for potential public safety bond

As a part of the overall Public Safety Plan, the City of Tukwila is considering placing a 20-year voter approved bond on the November 8, 2016 general election ballot to support the needs of our first responders.   The bond would raise funds to rebuild three seismically unsound fire stations (51, 52 and 54), provide guaranteed funding for fire apparatus and equipment, and construct a Justice Center to house the Tukwila Police Department and Municipal Court.   The bond would cost an average of $116 per year for the owner of a home with an assessed value of $250,000.

Should the City Council decide to put this before the voters this fall, the City of Tukwila must forward names of individuals interested in being on the pro and con committees to provide statements in favor or in opposition to the ballot measure for the voters’ pamphlet.   Each committee is limited to three individuals, though an unlimited number of persons can assist in the preparation of the statement.   Each committee must designate one spokesperson.   The Pro/Con statements will be due to King County Elections by August 11, 2016.

The City is responsible for forwarding the committee names to the King County Elections Department.   Therefore, the City is soliciting interested persons who want to serve on either the pro or con committee.   Should the City receive more than three names for either of the committees, the City Council will make the final determination as to the makeup of each committee at the August 1, 2016 Council meeting.

Interested persons have until Monday, July 25 at 5:00 p.m. to submit their name to the City by emailing or calling Rachel Bianchi at or (206) 454-7566.   Please be sure to indicate which committee you would like to serve and whether you are willing to serve as the committee’s spokesperson.