Manage ST-3 Investments in LFP

Manage ST-3 Investments in Lake Forest Park

Sound Transit’s commitments under ST-3 total many times the City’s annual revenue.  

Success relies on forming a partnership between the citizens, city government, Sound Transit, the Town Center owners, WSDOT, and others.

We have only one chance to get this right, and it will be negotiated in the next 18 months.  

Investment partnership opens the possibility to transform our aging Town Center into a vibrant community-focused center that will provide the amenities, services, and entertainment options that we need, within the existing site. This is also the opportunity to improve access to transit services, reduce traffic congestion, and improve the safety and reliability of our transportation systems.

Resolution 1575 ST-3

Another recent 6-1 vote involved the City’s endorsement resolution of the Sound Transit ST-3 ballot measure (Resolution 1575).  

John has worked diligently for nearly two decades to provide access to safe and reliable transit service to the Citizens of Lake Forest Park, and has been instrumental in securing projects for the City under ST-3. 

Unfortunately, as ST-3 was being readied for the ballot, the Sound Transit board wrote the measure so that it authorized the expenditure of $58 Billion dollars with an open-ended tax structure that never needed re-approval by the voters.  John feels that it is our responsibility as citizens to retain control over our government, and that the ST-3 measure was the electorate essentially writing a ‘blank check’ to Sound Transit for a tax with no end-date and no regular performance reviews on progress. 

John could not endorse a $58 billion-dollar blank check, and so he voted against Resolution 1575. 

Revised Tree Ordinance

A more recent 6-1 vote was on adoption of the City’s revised tree ordinance.  

John greatly values LFP’s unique forested environment and wants to protect our trees, but he also respects the rights of property owners to effectively and responsibly manage their land. 

He has sought an appropriate balance between community rights and individual rights, and he did not feel that the latest ordinance achieved that balance.  The ordinance is extremely complex and heavy on process that is confusing, frustrating, and expensive for homeowners to comply with. 

We may want to curb growth by regulating developers, but John feels the City should maintain an easy and cooperative partnership with its citizens. 

Resolution to put Prop 1 on the August Ballot

John’s first 6-1 vote (John being the 1) was on the resolution to put Prop 1 (Property Tax Levy Lid Lift) on the ballot. 

John voted against this measure because the City had held a community forum on the issue and the citizens had spoken with a singular voice as never before: 

  • They wanted to compare budgets side-by-side to see what would be added if they increased the tax, and what would be cut if they didn’t. 
  • They also firmly said that they wanted to consider Prop 1 for the November ballot, not during the primary in August when many would be away on vacation. 

City leadership at the time completely ignored these citizen requests, so John voted with the Citizens.