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Sammamish Prop. 1 Headed for Approval

With 83 percent of the ballots from Sammamish returned, little is likely to change before votes are certified Nov. 27. Tell us what issues you'd like to see the city look at further as it moves forward.

Supporters have said they hope small businesses aren't negatively impacted and opponents say they hope the Sammamish City Council will take note that an approximately 53-47 percent is not a referendum on a Community and Aquatic Center.

With more than 24,000 of the ballots returned, out of a possible 28,998, the proposition is passing 52.75 percent to 47.25 percent and little is likely to change much, opening the way for the council to move forward with what is envisioned as a $30 million facility, with the city paying $25 million of the costs to build it, and the YMCA contributing $5 million for construction plus the cost of outfitting and running it for 40 years.

Most council members have said they would follow the outcome of the vote, but emphasized that there are still a lot of details to be worked out, leaving open plenty more opportunity for public input. The YMCA, for example, told Patch that it hasn't yet heard from local high school swim teams about their specific needs, which could influence the design of the pools.

So we ask you, Patch users, what issues have come up for you as you considered the proposition that you would like the city to look at further?

Tell us in the comments, and we'll share your responses with the council members via email.

David Hall November 13, 2012 at 07:43 PM
I, for one, am happy that it passed. My family will/would use such a facility.
Mark Z November 13, 2012 at 08:20 PM
I am a teacher, administrator, and a swim coach on the Eastside and know that there are a large number of schools and families that would use the pool. More facilities means more pool time for activities like swim lessons, swim teams, water polo, and swimming in general. Swimming is an incredible sport and activity that promotes health and well being as well as a team atmosphere for kids. We need more pools (heated or covered, preferably) in WA.

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