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Civic Center Bond Information

On August 2nd, Normandy Park voters will have the opportunity to vote on a proposition that will support a new city civic center. If approved, Proposition No. 1 will authorize the city to issue a general obligation bond to fund the construction of a new Civic Center at City Hall Park. The proposed Civic Center will replace the buildings located at City Hall Park, built initially as an elementary school in 1956 and converted to the City Hall, Police Department, and community recreation center in 1989.

Project Description

The proposed Civic Center will be an approximately 23,500 square foot facility. It will include indoor and outdoor recreation spaces, performance spaces, public meeting and event rooms, an early childhood education program (Normandy Park Preschool), environmentally-friendly outdoor green spaces, city and police administrative offices, council chambers, and additional parking at City Hall Park. This proposed design will increase the facility size by 6,000 square feet, and will be built with current life safety standards, and be eligible for LEED certification.

Project Cost

Based on the input of our professional design team, the project is expected to cost $25 million.

Project Funding

To move this project forward, the city is now in the process of securing the project financing. The current funding plan is as follows:

Voter Approved Bond $ 15,000,000
City Funds (REET & Various Cost Savings) $ 3,000,000
Private Donations $ 5,000,000
Grants $ 2,000,000
Project Total $ 25,000,000

Annual Cost of the Bond

The bond for this project will not exceed $15,000,000 and will be repaid out of annual property tax levies over a period of up to 25 years. Repayment of this bond would come from excess property taxes levied on all properties in the city. While the calculation of this exact amount will depend on interest rates and property values, the City estimates the bond will create an additional levy tax rate of $0.508 per thousand dollars of assessed valuation.

What does this mean? The annual property tax paid by the owner of a median-valued home ($755,000) would increase by approximately $384 per year or $32 per month. Here are some additional examples of the bond cost:

Assessed Value of Home Annual Bond Levy Costs
$500,000 $254
$750,000 $381
$1,000,000 $508

Important Note – When calculating the financial impact on your household, remember to use assessed value and not market value. Here is a link to the King County Department of Assessments to view your current assessed value.

Ballot Measure Explanatory Statement

Passage of Proposition No. 1 would allow the City of Normandy Park, Washington, to issue general obligation bonds. In accordance with Ordinance No. 1039 approving this proposition, the bonds will pay for design, construction and equipping of a 23,000 square foot Civic Center at City Hall Park, to include City Hall and the Police Department; meeting and event rooms; indoor and outdoor community recreation spaces, including a gymnasium, dance studio, an outdoor playfield, basketball courts and parking spaces; environmentally-friendly outdoor green spaces and an early childhood education program (Normandy Park Preschool) for use by the city and its residents. The new Civic Center would replace the buildings currently located at City Hall Park. Costs of the project not paid by bonds would be paid from private donations and grants. The bonds in the amount of not to exceed $15,000,000 would be repaid out of annual property tax levies over a period of up to 25 years. The levy tax rate is estimated to be an increase of $0.508 per thousand dollars of assessed valuation. The estimated annual property tax paid by an owner of a median assessed value home ($755,000) would be approximately $384 for the year or $32 per month for 2023. Exemptions from taxes may be available to certain homeowners. To determine if you qualify, call the King County Assessor at 206-296-7300.

Ballot Language

PROPOSITION NO. 1

CITY OF NORMANDY PARK, WASHINGTON

CIVIC CENTER CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS

GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS – $15,000,000

The City Council of the City of Normandy Park adopted Ordinance No. 1039 concerning this proposition for bonds. This proposition authorizes the construction of a new civic center to include indoor and outdoor recreation spaces, an early childhood education program, city and police administrative offices, council chambers, meeting and event rooms, and parking; to issue up to $15,000,000 of general obligation bonds maturing within a maximum term of 25 years to finance such improvements; and levy property taxes annually in excess of regular property tax levies to repay such bonds, as provided in Ordinance No. 1039. Should this proposition be:

APPROVED [ ]
REJECTED [ ]

More questions?

For answers to your questions, please contact Amy Arrington, City Manager

(206) 248-8246

Monday – Friday
9:00 am – 4:00 pm.

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