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Local jurisdictions set legislative agendas


January 3, 2018 | View PDF

If it’s January, is must be legislative season in Olympia. With a short session ahead, it’s important for local jurisdictions to hone their priorities and clearly articulate their value to our state lawmakers. Here is an overview of the legislative agendas from the city, Tribes and schools on behalf of the Marysville Tulalip community.

City of Marysville

Grove Street Overcrossing: The city proposes to build an overcrossing on Grove Street from State Avenue to Cedar Avenue over the BNSF railroad tracks to alleviate congestion and increase east-west connectivity. A 2015 study found this the most suitable overcrossing location. Total project cost is $24 million. The city seeks $1 million in state funding for design and will provide $1 million in matching funds.

Ebey Waterfront Trail and Shoreline Access Project: The city seeks $500,000 to fund design of the final segment of the Ebey Waterfront Trail. The city completed several phases of the trail including the paved segment that opened in 2017. The city is currently designing additional phases and has construction funding in place for the next segment.

Arlington-Marysville Manufacturing Industrial Center: The city, together with the City of Arlington, seeks official designation by the Puget Sound Regional Council of the Arlington-Marysville Manufacturing Industrial Center as a recognized Regional Manufacturing Industrial Center. With relatively little developable land available in the region and robust demand for industrial spaces, the nearly 1,800 developable acres within the MIC offer an attractive asset for business development and expansion.

Tulalip Tribes

I-5 and 116th Street Upgrades: Last year saw the completion of Phase 3 of interchange improvements that replaced the three-lane bridge with a six-lane bridge and connected the widened 116th Street east and west of the freeway.  Phase 4, which will begin construction in early 2018, will build new wider ramps and replace two ramp intersection signals with one central signal to create a Single Point Interchange with enough capacity to handle growth in the area for the next 20 years. Phase 4 is the final phase of interchange improvements for this project.

Marysville School District

Education Funding: The Marysville School District joins districts across the state in pushing for a revision to Washington’s K-12 education finance system. While the legislature made excellent strides in 2017 to support basic education, many inequities still remain. We are committed to supporting our state lawmakers and helping them tackle these challenges in 2018.

The implementation of local levy reductions and changes in levies and local assistance are currently out of sync with the timing of state funding increases. This means that local districts will receive slightly more money from the state, but far less money can be collected locally. This will causes damaging cuts to current student programs and services. Districts with higher property valuations will end up receiving far more money per student than districts like Marysville. We ask that the implementation of this legislation be delayed until a more workable and equitable levy reduction plan is developed and the state fully completes its education funding obligations. Our goal is to guarantee our students and families receive the same level of support and access to resources as districts across Washington state.

Happy new year to all in the Marysville Tulalip community!

This monthly column is jointly prepared by the City of Marysville, Marysville School District and Tulalip Tribes about topics of interest to the Marysville Tulalip community.


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