Safe & Secure Bothell
Propositions 1 & 2
Voters will be asked to decide on two public safety propositions in the general election: a levy and a bond. The levy would pay for new police and fire services and personnel; the bond would completely replace two fire stations: Downtown and Canyon Park. For an overview of the ballot measures, watch the new Bothell Buzz and see our website.
How did we get here?
While presenting about the public safety ballot measures, our City staff were recently asked, “Why is there a funding gap between revenues and public safety expenditures?”
The nature and complexity of police, fire and emergency medical services has increased over the past two decades. Increasing drug use, homelessness, mental illness, theft, cybercrime and school safety challenges and a growing population are straining the City’s resources, and funding is not keeping pace.
Choices during the Great Recession helped Bothell residents through a tough financial time, but it impacted the City’s budget. Learn more about the funding limits, including new charts highlighting the impact on tax revenues.