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Sponsored by: Oates <br />CITY OF SEWARD, ALASKA <br />RESOLUTION 2009-054 <br />A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SF.WARD, ALASKA, <br />PROVIDING FOR THE SUBMISSION TO THE QUALIb7ED VOTERS OF THE CITY <br />OF SEVVARD, AN AllVISORY QUESTION ON WHETHER TO INCREASE THE <br />SALES 'TAX RATE BY 0.5% AS NEEDED TO FUNll OPERATING AND CAPITAL <br />COSTS OF A NEW LIBRARY/MUSEUM, UNDERSTANDING THAT SALES TAX <br />REVENUES CANNOT BE DEDICATED FOR A SPECIFIC PURPOSE, <br />WHF,REAS, as part of the Seward Centennial celebration of the founding of Seward, <br />then Seward Mayor 1/dgar Blatchford sought project proposals from the public that would <br />directly benelit the citizens of the community, would begin in the centennial year 2003 and reach <br />completion during 2012, the one hundredth anniversary of the incorporation of the City; and <br />WHEREAS, the Seward Community Library Museum project was selected to be the <br />embodiment of the community's pride by preserving history and providing access to present and <br />future knowledge; and <br />WHERF,AS, the total cost of the combined community libraryhnuseum is estimated to <br />be 510,000,000 which includes planning, design, construction, management and furniture and <br />,~, fixtures; and <br />WHEREAS, the City of Seward, the Seward Community Library Association and the <br />Resurrection Bay Historical Society, through the creation of a joint Seward Community Library <br />Museum Building Committee, and with the assistance of Foraker Predevelopment Fund <br />consultants, are working to create a sustainable project; and <br />WHERF,AS, since ?003 progress includes purchase of a site, completion of a feasibility <br />study, a concept design, a business plan and a public phone survey; and <br />WHEREAS, the public phone survey revealed that 58% of the respondents were very <br />likely or likely to support bond funding for the project, supported by a %s% sales tax increase to <br />help pay for the capital costs of this project; and <br />WHEREAS, through the eflorts of the Seward Community Library Museum Building <br />Committee, over $1,000,000 has already been committed to this project, through private <br />donations, grants, City contributions, and professional in-kind services and property acquisition; <br />and <br />