POINT ROBERTS - Voters in Point Roberts will decide Nov. 5 whether to approve a $250,000 bond and increase their property taxes to pay for renovations to Point Roberts Community Center.
Point Roberts Park and Recreation District No. 1 owns and manages the building at 1487 Gulf Road.
Voter approval would allow the district to go out for the bond and repay it with property tax revenue totaling 5.5 cents per $1,000 of assessed value for no more than 10 years. The owner of a home assessed at $200,000 would pay $11 more a year to repay the capital improvement bond.
The bond would pay for needed improvements to a structure built in 1937 that has been the heart of community activity for 50 years, supporters said.
The money would pay for improvements that include a new roof; heating, air conditioning and ventilation system; hallway flooring; drainage improvements to deal with standing water in the basement; electronic door locks; and seismic upgrade design.
Opponents said there's no evidence the center is unsafe, and want the district's board to survey the community and develop a strategic plan before seeking the tax increase for the bond.
To pass, the bond needs a turnout of at least 296 voters and 60 percent approval.
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