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2017 General Bond 

Parks and Paths Bond Replacement

 2017 Bond Projects Presentation to City Council


 2017 General Bond Issue

2017 Bond Memo Introduction for City Council

Resolution No. R-58-17

What the Bond Includes:

On November 7, 2017 the city of Pullman will ask voters for their approval to issue $10.5 Million in general obligation bonds for the purpose of providing funds for the purchase of real property and improvements at the current site of Encounter Ministries (190 SE Crestview St.). Improvements include the remodeling and equipping of a new Recreation Center, Senior Center, and City administrative offices at this location. The bond would also include the acquisition, construction and installation of a new Lawson Gardens pavilion and event facility, and site acquisition for a future third fire station. The total of the proposed new bonds to pay for these capital projects would not exceed $10.5 Million and would be paid over a 20-year timespan. The owner of a $200,000 home would see an increase of approximately $88 annually in property taxes if approved by the voters.

Encounter Ministries Property

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Encounter Ministries has offered the property to the city for $3,500,000. To fully construct a new city hall and recreation center would likely cost $20,000,000 to $50,000,000. The City has been pursuing the creation of a Recreation Center since 1976.

The Encounter Ministries two-story 150’x110’ gym building for a Recreation Center would include:


Purchasing the Encounter Ministries Property would nearly double the usable space compared with the current city hall and Pioneer Center. There is room  to meet the future needs and growth of the city. With a move to the property, parking would increase for residents and patrons of the downtown corridor. Visitors to the Pullman Senior Center, gym facility, and City Hall would have an extensive, flat parking area. The current City Hall is approaching 50 years old, with increasing maintenance cost associated with an aging brick facility and inefficient energy use. If vacated, the current city hall site could enhance downtown development and free up much public parking.

Future Fire Station 3 Planning

The community is growing at more than one percent a year. The City currently has two locations of fire stations. With growth occurring as it is, it will be necessary in the future to develop a third fire station. To accommodate this need in a cost-effective manner, it is pertinent to start the planning process now. the (not to exceed) $10.5 million from this bond will be used in part to complete an analysis to determine an ideal location within Pullman and make a purchase of the property.

Lawson Gardens Event Center

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The concept of an event center located at Lawson Gardewns is one that has been in existence for several years and it has regularly been an adopted Coucil Goal to build the facility. More recently, the project received over $700,000 in grant funding to help with completing the estimated $1.4 Million project. The space would be rented to those interested in gathering or meeting space for their events. the location is one of the most scenic in the Palouse Region. The revenues from rentals would also help to pay off debt services on this project.


Parks and Paths Bond Replacement

2017 Parks & Path City Council Memo

Resolution No. R-59-17

What the Bond Includes:

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On November 7, 2017 the City of Pullman will ask voters for their approval to issue $2.4 Million in general obligation bonds for the purpose of providing funds to finance improvements, repairs and upgrades to certain city parks, and improvements to and creation of certain city paths. This is a replacement bond that would fund a new set of capital project without increasing property tax rates. These capital projects would not exceed $2.4 Million and would be paid over a 10-year timespan. With the current levy rate, the owner of a $200,000 home would continuing paying approximately $33 annually in property taxes if approved by the voters.