By Jerry Cornfield Herald Writer
House Democrats penciled those dollars into their $3.1 billion capital budget proposal for the next biennium that they released Monday.
If those f unds survive the legislative process the money could go a long ways to replacing what a fire destroyed last Christmas Eve.
“It’s very good news because we have been asking for support, but it is not a done deal,” said Paul Seely, a spokesman for Boys & Girls clubs throughout the county.
The organization sought state aid when it realized insurance money would not be enough to rebuild and outfit the facility with equipment, he said. If the money materializes, the new building could be larger than the old one, he said.
Rep. Hans Dunshee, D-Snohomish, who as chairman of the House Capital Budget Committee wrote the spending plan, said it is a win not only for youths but also for those who will get work in the community.
That’s the theme of this year’s capital budget.
“We’re going to put people to work statewide with this,” he said, estimating 51,000 jobs will be created in the next two years as a result of the planned spending.
It includes roughly $1.6 billion for projects on elementary, secondary and college campuses and $433 million for undertakings by cities, counties and special districts.
In Snohomish County, there is $37.6 million for Everett Community College to replace Index Hall with a new three-story building for nursing and health science students. Construction could begin next summer and be complete in 2013.
Dunshee included $6.9 million in state matching dollars for major renovations at View Ridge Elementary in Everett and $8.9 million toward replacing Valley View Middle School in Snohomish.
“I am happy about the priority given to education and putting people to work, and we need to stay focused on it with this budget,” said Rep. Norma Smith, R-Clinton, who serves on the capital budget committee.
Sultan Boys & Girls Club isn’t the only community group getting an assist.
Dunshee included $110,000 for the Legion Park Visitors Center and Trailhead Project in Arlington and $500,000 for the Camano Community Health Clinic.
And Snohomish County could receive $350,000 toward building a U.S. Customs facility at Paine Field.
Rep. Marko Liias, D-Edmonds, who requested the funds on behalf of the county, said the facility should assist the Boeing Co. in its dealings with international customers. Liias said in an email that when those customers acquire an aircraft now they must fly it to another airport with a customs operation before they can take it out of this country.
The customs facility has been anticipated to be part of a small terminal at Paine Field to accommodate requests by Allegiant Air and Horizon Air to provide service there. A decision by the federal government on the airlines’ plans is expected later this spring.
Liias said it’s his understanding the facility will not double as a terminal.
One item Dunshee did not include in the budget is $300,000 for Everett to install security cameras in city parks. That request could still land in the Senate capital budget which could be released next week.
A public hearing on the proposed budget is set for 8 a.m. today in the House Capital Budget Committee. A vote by the panel could come as early as Wednesday.
For details on the budget, go to leap.leg.wa.gov.
Reporters Alejandro Dominguez and Bill Sheets contributed to this report.
Jerry Cornfield: 360-352-8623; email@example.com
To read the budget proposal go to http://tinyurl.com/budgetproposal
Capital Budget House Bill 1497 can be found at http://tinyurl.com/HouseBill-1497
What’s on the list
The proposed $3.1 billion capital budget released Monday contains money for a number of Snohomish and Island county projects. Among them are:
$37.6 million to replace Index Hall at Everett Community College.
$8.9 million toward replacing Valley View Middle School in Snohomish.
$6.9 million toward replacing View Ridge Elementary in Everett.
$2.3 million to renovate shower stalls and living units at Washington State Reformatory.
$2.2 million to install new roofing on the Special Offender Unit Core Building at Monroe Corrections Center.
$1.23 million for sewer improvements at Deception Pass State Park.
$500,000 for rebuilding Sultan Boys & Girls Club.
$500,000 for Camano Community Health Clinic additions.
$350,000 for building U.S. Customs facility at Paine Field.
$110,000 for Legion Park Visitors Center in Arlington.