Proposed Community Center

Community Center Bond 2024

The city’s vision is to keep residents for generations by caring for youth, adults and seniors through excellent public services and programs.

How We Fund City Services

Residents, businesses, and visitors are all essential to fund city operations. City services include police, planning, economic development, parks, streets, sidewalks, public facilities, and some utilities. The city funds these services through a:

  • Property tax
  • Tax on some utilities
  • Sales tax

The city’s property tax is limited by law to a one percent revenue increase per year. The city retains only 0.85 percent out of the 8.8 percent sales tax it collects (or $0.85 cents per $100 purchase). In addition to these revenue limitations, the city must seek voter approval for any tax increase.

We Want To Be A Leader in Bringing People Together

The city wants to bring people together to create understanding and help all residents thrive with programs and services. The city is developing plans to provide a community center that offers activities for young families, an athletic center, space for community events (concerts, theater, street fairs, and festivals), and a senior center.

We Are Securing Private Donations To Reduce Impacts on Taxpayers

The city cannot afford to fund the community center through its general fund without significant cuts to services. Typically, community facilities are funded through voter-approved bonds. The city is considering asking voters for a bond with an initial projection of $0.33 per $1,000 of assessed property value sometime in 2024.

The city is pursuing $3.35 million in grants and private donations to reduce the amount of funding needed by taxpayers. These alternative funding sources are contingent on the bond passing.

Please check back here for more information as it becomes available.

Click here to read about the Idea of the bond

Enumclaw Wants Your Input

Letter to the Editor: Enumclaw wants your input on possible community center – The Courier Herald (May 31, 2023)