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Recruitment for potential Park District ballot statement committees extended to July 15

Kirkland, WA – The Kirkland City Council is recruiting interested residents to formulate the statements that will appear in the voters’ pamphlet for and against a potential ballot measure to form a Metropolitan Park District (MPD) to fund the proposed Kirkland Aquatics/Recreation/Community (ARC) Center.  To ensure the maximum possible time to recruit candidates, the City Council voted at its July 7, 2015 meeting to extend the application deadline for “pro” and “con” Committee members.  Interested residents should contact the Kirkland City Clerk’s Office at 425-587-3197 or for more information on the committees and how to apply.  Applications will be accepted until 4 p.m. on Wednesday, July 15, 2015.  The application form is available online in Word and PDF formats.  (MPD Pro Con Application - PDF Format) (MPD Pro Con Application - Microsoft Word Format)

At its July 21, 2015 meeting, the City Council will decide whether to place the MPD on the ballot and if it approves the legislation to do so, the City Council will then appoint members to one committee to prepare arguments in favor of the ballot measure and one committee to prepare arguments in opposition to the measure.

The two committees, which will consist of no more than three members each, will be formed to prepare arguments which are limited to 200 words.  The “Statement For” and the “Statement Against” (in addition to rebuttals of the opposing statements) will appear in the King County Local Voters’ Pamphlet for the November 3, 2015 General Election.  Arguments are required to be submitted to King County Elections no later than 4:30 p.m. on August 13, 2015.

Arguments prepared by the “pro” and “con” committees will be made available to the opposing committees for rebuttal after 4:30 p.m. on August 13, 2015.  Statements rebutting (optional) the argument made by the opposition shall be submitted no later than 4:30 p.m. on August 17, 2015.

For more information about the proposed Kirkland ARC Center, go to