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Little Change in Newest Results on Sammamish Prop. 1

It appears that the percentages are holding in Proposition 1 advisory vote with 79 percent of the votes received by King County as of 4:30 p.m.

Sammamish's advisory vote on Prop. 1, like many other races here, has not moved much on the needle, with with 79 percent of the votes received by King County as of 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8.

As of this afternoon, 51.97 percent of the votes (8,740) have been in favor of the proposition, and 48.03 against (8,076), little change from yesterday's results.

The pro and con sides continued today to exchange a few barbs following comments yesterday by Jim Wasnick and Ramiro Valderrama.

Wasnick said he himself has raised questions directly to Yazici and the City Council about different wording between the city's fact sheet on the Proposition and the language in the actual proposition, specifically regarding the tax issue, which he says amounts to misinformation. Wasnick received responses to his email only from Yazici and Councilman Don Gerend, and said he was not satified with their answer.

Valderrama said that as a matter of course, any email sent to a council member is copied to all, as are any individual responses, so in the case of Wasnick's email exchange with Gerend, the other members, himself included, concurred with Gerend or didn't have more comment to add to his response to Wasnick.

Valderrama added that Yazici's job is to present the City Council with its options in the budget, both for expenses and revenues, so it's entirely appropriate to include the annual statutory option the council has to consider a 1 percent property tax increase.

Ultimately, Wasnick said, he sees the city council members latching onto the issue of misinformation from opponents such as Common Sense Sammamish as a way to explain the close vote, but he believes his efforts and questions were honest and forthright regarding the issue.

Valderrama told Patch today he disagrees with Wasnick, who, like all the citizens of the city, has had more than 18 months to comment on or participate in the Parks Department's development of its PRO plan which the community has participated in to develop the department's priorities, but has not availed himself of the opportunity.

Wasnick said he is a strong proponent of Sammamish Parks and Recreation efforts, and has volunteered many hours, such as at Evans Creek Park, but does not agree that the proposed Community and Aquatic Center is the best use of those funds.

Jayme November 09, 2012 at 02:25 AM
I really hope that the city council sees how close the vote is and does further research before they move forward on the YMCA center. I believe all the efforts to collect No votes were honest, and the well-educated people of Sammamish are smart enough to make their own decision. I feel a lot of the YES votes are people who said yes because they felt "they would take what they could get" even though the plan is not perfect. If we are going to spend the money, why not do it right? Why not just really focus on what people really want and what they plan on using? Such as the competitive swimming pool we so desperately need. I hope the city council also takes the time to try to figure out why almost half of the voters, voted No. This should not be ignored. This is not the resounding yes we should here when we are planning on spending 25 million dollars of taxpayer’s money on something. It really saddens me to know that our city council doesn’t really care what people think. Saying before the results were revealed that you don’t care what the numbers are and will push it through regardless is so frustrating. We elected officials that we thought had our best interest in mind and it has been made clear that they will do whatever they want. I feel that the claim of “misinformation” that was made just days before November 6th was to further their own campaign and sway voters to vote yes.
Jeanne Gustafson November 09, 2012 at 03:24 AM
Thanks for your comments, Jayme. I do want to make it clear for those who may be joining the conversation that only one council member that I spoke with, Nancy Whitten, has stated that she would be willing under certain circumstances to move forward if the city majority voted no on Proposition 1. We did not receive direct comment from John James or John Curley, but the other council members each confirmed their commitment to accept the result of the advisory vote.
Vincent Cucinelli November 09, 2012 at 04:33 AM
I feel many made that statement due to the confidence in an overwhelming majority for the idea. The approval for the concept is obviously there but we've known that all along, maybe they should take a step back and look at their proposal to the people and come up with something that will gain the overwhelming support they desire.
chuck... November 10, 2012 at 11:52 PM
it's time to translate our opposition to this effort into unelecting these "representatives". Enough is enough.
ASammamishResidentLookingForOptions December 01, 2012 at 04:22 AM
In this democracy, a majority has spoken. An imperfect plan is better than no plan, and frankly with the monopolistic pricing attitudes at Columbia Fitness, I welcome the addition of a compelling choice for family recreation on the plateau. I am willing to bet that the options available at Columbia and the new YMCA will become competitive, and will only benefit residents.

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