Olympia City Council to discuss capital projects and park study at next meeting

The Olympia City Council will discuss capital projects – and a possible extra tax for cable TV customers - during its next regular meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday (July 15) at City Hall.

The council is expected to receive a briefing on the preliminary Capital Facilities Plan, which refers to a six-year plan for capital projects that outlines costs, timelines and financing.

According to the city, the 2015-2020 Capital Facilities Plan adds up to $142.5 million, which is about $20 million higher than the current plan. The increase comes from utility projects dealing with drinking water, the city reports.

One item in the preliminary Capital Facilities Plan includes applying the city’s utility tax to cable TV customers, according to the city. If the council approved such an ordinance, the average Comcast customer’s bill would increase by about $5 a month, according to the city. City staff is expected to bring an ordinance before the council later this year. If approved, the new ordinance would take effect in January 2015, according to the city.

The city is waiting for the Olympia School District to also submit a Capital Facilities Plan later this month, according to a city staff report. That’s because Olympia collects impact fees for the school district. Adoption of the new plan is expected in December.

Also on the agenda for Tuesday’s council meeting:

The council will decide whether to move forward with a feasibility study for potential community parks in Olympia. Last week, the council approved a first reading for the proposal, which would allocate $60,000 toward hiring a consultant to examine five sites: Bentridge and Trillium properties, located adjacent to LBA Park in southeast Olympia; the Cooper Point Road Sundberg gravel pit, located on the city’s westside; the area between Lindell and Lister roads in northeast Olympia; and Spooner Berry Farm on Yelm Highway in southeast Olympia.