2019 Legislative Priorities
Specific Project Funding Needs
Grove Street Overcrossing - $1.53M for design | $24M estimated total project cost
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 eliminate significant congestion and lengthy traffic backups currently experienced due to increasing train traffic through the city. Total project cost estimate is $24M. The City is seeking $1.53M to finalize design.
Waterfront - $500K for design | $18.35M estimated total project cost
Ebey Waterfront Park Expansion is a significant effort by the City of Marysville to improve its most prominent gateway by developing a regional destination connecting users to the Qwuloolt Estuary, Ebey Slough and the Ebey Waterfront Trail System. Total project cost is estimated at $18.35M.
156th Street NE Overcrossing - $1M for design | $12.35M estimated total project cost
The City proposes to reinstate the public railroad crossing with an overcrossing at the BNSF mainline track at 156th Street NE just west of Interstate 5 and about a mile south of the Smokey Point/SR 531 (172nd Street NE) freeway interchange. Total project cost estimate is $12.35M.
Vocational Training Program - $1.5M
The City of Marysville is partnering with Snohomish County, the Marysville School District and many other regional partners to launch a Regional Apprenticeship Pathways Program. This program includes a dual credit feature to attract high school students and adult learners into family wage careers through a systematic and accelerated career connected education design. Initial funding has been secured to launch the program. The City of Marysville is requesting the inclusion of $1.5M in the 2019-2021 Biennial Budget for ongoing support of the program.
Arlington-Marysville Manufacturing Industrial Center
Marysville and Arlington are jointly seeking Puget Sound Regional Council designation as a Regional Manufacturing and Industrial Center for the 4,000-acre MIC shared by the cities. With nearly 2,400 developable acres and expanding infrastructure, this joint project offers an attractive option for businesses wanting to locate in the Puget Sound region at this time of high rents and low vacancy rates overall. Another incentive to prospective businesses is a state property tax exemption for companies that meet employment and wage requirements. Learn more at www.marysvillewa.gov/mic.
RCO-Youth Facilities Grant Program
The City of Marysville is requesting support for the full $13M requested of this grant program. Marysville has a key project that is dependent upon this funding. The Cedar Field Renovation project will serve 3,000 youth year-round if completed. Matching funds raised after a two-year fundraising effort include a commitment of $322,929. Funding support from Little League, Snohomish County, City of Marysville and private contributions was secured following the State RCO and WWRC's call to seek projects for the YAF program.
Homelessness, Mental Health and Opioid Addiction
Marysville, Arlington and Snohomish County initiated an embedded social worker program in 2018 that works with law enforcement to offer help including social services to those in crisis, many of them with drug addiction and/or mental health issues. We ask the state to recognize the great impact of these issues on all our communities and further support programs dealing with substance abuse and mental illness.
Public Defense Services Funding Bill
The City of Marysville supports HB1086 for the increase of state funding in regards to public defense services. The Bill requests a 10 percent funding increase every year, reaching full funding provided by 2029.