Tumwater Legislative Priorities

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 The 2019 Washington State Legislative Session ended on Sunday, April 28, 2019.

City Legislative Priorities

Brewhouse Tower Rehabilitation

The entire list of prioritized projects was funded at $9.7 million, including the City’s request for $513,000 for phase III renovation work. The prior allocation of $507,000 for phase II was re-appropriated in Capital budget.

Deschutes Valley Trail

The request to move the existing funding forward from the 2025/27 biennium to the 2021/23 biennium was not approved. A transportation package was not developed; work is expected in the coming year on transportation funding and we will try again.

Deschutes Hatchery

$15.5 million in funding for construction of the catchment facility by the State Department of Fish and Wildlife was re-appropriated; additional funding was not provided for the Pioneer Park facility.

First Responders Training Facility

The request for $4 million did not move forward due to concerns about the high cost; additional work will be needed to gain support in the coming year.

Tumwater Union Cemetery

The member request for $150,000 was not approved; the City was encouraged to apply to the historic cemetery grant program.
State Library and Archives – $103 million was allocated for a new State Library and Archives facility to be located on the corner of Linderson and Tumwater Blvd.

Thurston County Shared Legislative Agenda

Court Impact Fees

The prior mitigation fees that were given to Thurston County Superior Court were restored.

Veterans Service Hub

$2 million for improvements to the facility that provides coordinated services to veterans on the SPSCC Lacey campus as approved.

Agriculture Innovation Park

The proposed park to house agriculture support businesses was funded at $1.5 million, $400,000 less than requested.
I-5 Study – The original request was $5 million but was scaled down to $2.25 million with a plan to phase the funding over two biennia. The study would continue to look at needed improvements to the corridor from Mounts Road to 93rd in Tumwater.
First Responders Training Facility – Not funded; see above.

Other Legislative Actions

Craft Brewing and Distilling Equipment Re-appropriation

The $500,000 provided to the City and SPSCC for Craft Brewing and Distilling Equipment was re-appropriated through the Department of Agriculture.

L & I Laboratory & Training Facility

$53 million for a new laboratory facility to be located behind the Department of Corrections on Tumwater Boulevard.
Transportation Projects – The Pedestrian and Bicycle Program was funded in the Transportation Budget. The City’s request for design funds for the Capitol Corridor road reconfiguration, roundabouts, and bicycle facilities was ranked #4 on the list of those projects and appears it will be funded. The $1.3 million project is receiving $1.056 in funding.

Legislative Allocations for Community Organizations

  • Family Education and Support Services:  $500,000 five years rent at their new facility on Capitol Boulevard.
  • SeaMar Community Health Center Dental Clinic: $170,000 to pay for renovations.
  • Camp Schechter:  $200,000 for new infrastructure and a dining hall.
  • Tumwater Boys and Girls Club:  $36,000 for building improvements.

Additional Items

K-12 School Funding

The Legislature increased the local enrichment authority, provided “hold harmless” funding for the 89 districts like Tumwater that were negatively impacted by the new funding model and increased special education funding.

Housing Funding

$175 million was allocated to the Housing Trust Fund, the most ever in a biennium. It also created a local government sales tax option to fund affordable housing. The Housing and Essential Needs (HEN) Program received a $14.5 million increase. Several measure were directed at trying to hold down the cost of new housing, investments in State run-programs that support housing and homelessness, and protecting mobile home parks.

Tenant Protections

Tenants will have 14 days, instead of three, to catch up on late rent and eviction court judges will have additional discretion. Rent increases will require a 60, instead of 30, day notice.

2019 City of Tumwater Legislative Priorities

The City of Tumwater supports legislation that furthers the goals of the City's Strategic Plan and protects the City’s ability to provide basic municipal services to residents.  Prior to the start of each legislative session, the City Council adopts Legislative Priorities. These priorities are developed by City staff, the Mayor, and Councilmembers. 

Brewhouse Tower Restoration

Fully fund 2019-2021 Heritage Capital Projects Grant program

Our request to fund urgent repairs to the Old Brewhouse Tower through the 2019-2021 Heritage Capital Projects Grant program is ranked number 4 of 35 recommended projects.Completion of emergency repairs in 2017, and current renovation work, funded in part by a 2017 Heritage Capital Project Grant, demonstrate progress toward the City’s goal to revitalize the iconic 1906 Brewhouse Tower. The next phase of rehabilitation is critical. Without seismic reinforcement, the Tower will remain unsuitable for occupancy and closed to public access.

First Responder Regional Training Facility

Fully fund Capital request of $4 M

The City of Olympia operated a police training and certification range used by Tumwater and Lacey. That facility recently closed. The three cities are using other facilities that are not proximate or consistently available. The existing Fire Training Facility in Olympia would be expanded to include law enforcement training. The local share of the project is the land, permitting, parking, and security along with $1 million from the three cities. The facility would include a new firing range, classroom, and state-of-the-art reality-based training system.

Deschutes Valley Trail

Authorize Allocation of Approved Funding in the 2021-2023 Biennium

This project connects Historical and Pioneer parks by building a multi-use trail along the river corridor. Design and permitting
are in process. The first section in Historical Park is complete. The second section, to and through Tumwater Falls Park, is in design, and construction is scheduled for 2019.

There is $5.8 million in State transportation funding, approved in 2015, but these funds are not available until 2025-27.

Tumwater Union Cemetery

Request $150,000 to Preserve this Historic Site

The Union and Pioneer Calvary cemeteries are two of the oldest in Thurston County. The adjacent cemeteries are significant because of their association with the earliest period of Tumwater history, and burials of some of the earliest pioneers of the area. Indian War volunteers, and War of 1812 and Civil War veterans are buried in the cemeteries. Union Cemetery is significant as the only property associated with George Bush, a prominent African American member of the 1845 settlement party of present-day Tumwater. The City’s Master Plan guides future site improvements that include security, access control, lighting, irrigation, and signage. Tumwater’s Capital Facilities Plan has $150,000 designated as local matching funds.

Deschutes Hatchery

The City supports the efforts of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, along with the Squaxin Island Tribe and the commercial and recreational fishing interests, to construct a new Chinook salmon hatchery along the Deschutes River. Funding has already been provided for the design and construction renovations to the related fish capture facility at Tumwater Falls Park, and for design and permitting of the hatchery at Pioneer Park. The City has approved a lease of land to the State. The project would be funded in the Department’s Capital Budget.

Permitting for the Pioneer Park location is not complete and the City is concerned about outstanding permitting issues that need to be resolved by the applicant.

State Library and Archives

The City supports the proposal by the Secretary of State for a new facility in the Tumwater Town Center to house the State Library, Archives, and the Corporations, Elections and Operations Divisions. The building will house the state’s major governmental research library. The signature project will form a high-profile gateway to the Town Center, be a significant employer, and a draw for visitors to Tumwater