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Share your thoughts about youth-senior partnership | Mayor's Message

 

Last updated 11/11/2015 at Noon



Earlier this month, I presented my second annual budget proposal to our City Council.

I was proud to present a balanced budget that keeps my promise to take a break from tax increases. It continues my commitment to align our budget to our priorities; I have ensured that public safety remains the city’s most important investment.

At the same time, I did include several proposals for new capital projects. I wanted to share the details of one major project in my column this month – and ask for your feedback.

The decision of where to spend our city’s resources is always filled with difficult choices, so your thoughts and comments are helpful.

For several years, our older residents have been asking for a dedicated space for recreation, health, nutrition and cultural activities.

We have a unique opportunity to act on this community need in a cost-effective and innovative way – by partnering with the Mukilteo Boys & Girls Club. My budget provides $1 million to build a dedicated senior center space at the Mukilteo Boys & Girls Club’s new Shin Center in Harbour Pointe.

It is fitting that a center named for Sen. Paull Shin – one of our wisest community leaders – would house a unique collaboration between our community’s youngest and oldest residents.

I believe this project makes financial sense because it will help connect our seniors with young people in our community, sharing their wisdom and mentoring tomorrow’s leaders.

The Boys & Girls Club is still in the planning and design stages for their new facility, so this is exactly the right time to partner with them and integrate a dedicated senior space into the new Shin Center.

This also wouldn’t be the first time this type of collaboration has occurred – the new Village Green Center in Kingston will include a library, senior center and Boys & Girls Club.

I have heard from some that this project isn’t the community’s highest priority or our highest need, or that this isn’t the right time.

With the number of residents over age 65 expected to nearly double in the next two decades, I am convinced that creating a vibrant space for our older residents to meet together, and to stay active and healthy will only become more important with time.

But this decision isn’t mine alone to make; it should be one our community makes together. I invite you to share your thoughts on this idea. You can email seniorcenter@ci.mukilteo.wa.us and let me know what you think. You can also call me at City Hall to share comments at 425-263-8018.

I will share your comments with the City Council as it deliberates on the final budget.

We are fortunate to live in such a unique and special place; I am reminded every day that I have the best job ever.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your mayor, and thanks for sharing your thoughts on our city’s budget and priorities for 2016.

 

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