The City Council has selected a site and approved a financing plan for a Civic Campus. First priority is a new Police Services building including police and jail that would be largely funded by a Criminal Justice Tax on the August 2018 ballot for voter consideration. Also proposed for the Civic Campus are a new Municipal Court, City Hall, Community Development and Public Works Engineering offices that would be funded largely by selling the current buildings that house those departments. Consolidating city services onto one modern, energy-efficient campus would be more cost-effective than trying to upgrade the current buildings to meet current and future needs of our growing city.
Because the Ken Baxter Community Center at 514 Delta previously housed City Hall, Police, Jail and City Council chambers until the 1980s, the planned Civic Campus also marks a return to the town square of historic Marysville. Comeford Park will remain.
City offices (Court, City Hall, Community Development and Public Works Engineering) - 45,000 square feet.
A new Community Center would replace the existing 5,000-square-foot facility.
City offices are currently housed in several buildings in different locations. Consolidating major customer service departments and functions at a single site will provide for greater operational efficiencies and improved customer service as well as accommodate future growth needs.
Current facilities do not meet the needs of a growing city. Marysville's population forecast for 2035 is 89,000. This has been one of the fastest growing cities in Washington for the past several years and is poised to maintain rapid growth over the next 20 years.
Revenue sources include property sales of existing facilities, General Obligation bonds, General Fund capital reserve and annual operating budget. Current annual debt payments on existing offices is $711,000. Building new facilities is anticipated to incur annual debt payments of $759,500 based on 30-year financing. This means the city can long-term finance these new facilities with minimal increase to the city's annual operating costs.
The six-acre site is located between Fourth and Eighth streets, east of the BNSF railroad tracks and west of Comeford Park. The proposed site was originally identified in the 2009 Downtown Master Plan as the preferred location for a civic campus after being studied along with two alternative locations (current City Hall and Public Works sites). The city owns the majority of the building site.
- Architectural design and construction documents: May 2018-February 2019
- Project bid by February 2019
- Construction begins spring 2019
- Occupancy by 2020