Public Safety Ballot Measure Details

Bothell voters will be asked to decide on two ballot measures to support police and fire services and facilities in the November 2018 general election. Based on public input, the City Council developed a public safety ballot “package” that includes two complementary measures: an operations levy and a capital bond.

Bothell firefighters


Bothell Police Officer

Officer Buendia

Proposition 1: Public Safety Levy Lid Lift

Operations - Staffing - Programs

The 12-year levy funds 27 positions:

  • 13 police officers
  • 6 firefighters
  • 5 civilians in police department
  • 2 support staff
  • 1 probation officer

Additional police officers provide active, preventive crime-fighting, partnered with mental health support, more traffic enforcement on our increasingly congested roadways and increased school and community presence and engagement.

Additional firefighters will staff a new aid car, added court personnel will address the probation case overload and more staff will be available to meet new and evolving legal and technology requirements.

Investment for a Bothell property owner

  • Approximately 44 cents per $1,000 assessed value beginning in 2019
  • Approximately $220 per year for a $500,000 home

Proposition 2: Public safety Capital Bond

Building – Construction – Fire Stations 

A $35.5 million bond over 20 years would fund a complete replacement of two City-owned Fire Stations at Canyon Park and Downtown.

Both fire stations need safety upgrades and technical modernization after over 30 years of 24/7 fire and EMS response. Two proposed new low-maintenance, energy efficient, modern fire stations will accommodate growth into the future.

Investment for a Bothell property owner

  • Approximately 26 cents per $1,000 assessed value
  • Approximately $130 per year on a $500,000 home

Existing Canyon Park Fire Station

Station 45