2017 Legislative Priorities

Specific Project Funding Needs
Ebey Waterfront Park and Trail Project - $20M


With public access to the Snohomish County River Delta and Port Gardner Bay, Ebey Waterfront Park is a centerpiece for economic development, downtown revitalization and tourism along Marysville's southern boundary.  A trail through the newly restored Qwuloolt Estuary will connect the downtown park and the Sunnyside neighborhood, creating a natural destination experience for residents and visitors.  Once complete, this project will also be a gateway to the 84-mile Sky to Sound (Skykomish to Snohomish) Water Trail.
Ebey Waterfront Trail Project
 

Centennial Trail Connector - $1.02M


The Bayview Trail between the Getchell neighborhood and southeast Marysville was planned to interconnect with the Centennial Trail.  Construction of this bike/pedestrian trail will offer residents and visitors direct local access to the 29-mile trail between Snohomish and nearly the Skagit County line.
Centennial Trail Connector
 

Grove Street Overcrossing - $22M


Grove Street is a critical east-west corridor in downtown Marysville.  Building a new overcrossing at the BNSF mainline between Cedar Avenue and State Avenue will help to eliminate significant congestion and lengthy traffic backups currently experienced due to increasing train traffic through the city.  The project was identified through a 2015 At-Grade Railroad Crossing Study as the most cost-effective overcrossing location.
Grove Street Overcrossing
 

Public Safety Building/Jail Funding Assistance - $TBD


Marysville's Public Safety Building houses its municipal jail and Police Department.  It was built in 1989 and the jail was designed to hold about 18 inmates when city population was 10,000.  Now 28 years later, Marysville is Snohomish County's second-largest city with a population of about 67,000.  The jail remains unchanged and the facility has reached the end of its functional life cycle.  We are nearing completion of a study to determine the most cost-effective way to design and construct a facility that meets public safety needs for the foreseeable future.
Public Safety Building/Jail
 

General Policy Issues of Importance

  • Address homelessness, mental health, and opioid issues.  Specifically, support programs dealing directly with drug addiction and obtaining help for those suffering from mental health issues (State and Federal)
  • Protect State shared revenues from further sweeps (State)
  • Assist with increasing indigent defense costs due to the recent State Supreme Court ruling (State)
  • Prevent unfunded mandates and governance mandates while supporting local control over policy initiatives (State and Federal)
  • Reevaluate implementation of DOE Manual for low-impact development (State)
  • Protect the tax-exempt status for Municipal Bonds (Federal)

Priority Programmatic Requests

  • Provide adequate and sustainable funding for the Criminal Justice Training Commission (State)
  • Maintain funding for Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (State)
  • Maintain funding for Associated Development Organizations i.e. Economic Alliance of Snohomish County (State)
  • Continue funding to replace the aging case management system for courts of limited jurisdiction (State)
  • Maintain funding for the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Community Development Block Grant program (Federal)
  • Maintain funding for the public safety programs, including the Department of Justice's Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) program and Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program (Federal)

Information


Marysville-Arlington Manufacturing Industrial Center (MIC) - info at www.marysvillewa.gov/mic
Manufacturing Industrial Center Overview