In April we reached out to you to urge your State legislature to fully fund the Heritage Capital Project Fund (HCPF.) UHeights is relying on the HCPF in order to make necessary repairs to our failing roof, which is suffering from years of accumulating water damage.
Despite being recommended for full funding in the House Capital Budget, the Senate is in gridlock, and with only a few days to go the HCPF is threatened, along with the entirety of the state capital budget.
The HCPF program has distributed over $67 million in state funds over 20 years—funds matched by more than $135 million in local investment. The 2017-2019 HCPF grant program recommended 35 projects from 15 counties, for a total of $9 million in full funding.
Combined, these projects not only provide educational support and curriculum development for nearly 103,000 public school students, and serve millions of visitors every year, but they also have a projected economic impact of $57 million across the state through job creation and tax dollars.
If the Senate does not pass the budget by July 20th, all of this is at risk.
Please help us preserve 35 of Washington’s historic treasures by submitting a letter to members of the Washington Senate Ways and Means Committee to recommend full funding TODAY!
SUBJECT: Pass the Capital Budget, Save UHeights
I am writing on behalf of the University Heights Center to thank you for your support of the Heritage Capital Project Fund and again to encourage you to support full funding of all thirty-five state-wide projects in the 2017-19 capital budget. The recommended projects represent twenty legislative districts and can be found in every corner of the state.
Thank you for supporting our efforts to not only preserve Washington’s historic state treasures, but to help continue important social services that are housed at many of our sites. We estimate that the HCPF will have a $56.7 million economic amplifier effect with new jobs and sales tax, which is a great return on investment for the state.
Without the Heritage Capital Project Fund, the University Heights Center will need to take out a loan that will adversely impact our budget and important community programs for the next 15 years. Our roof is rotting and under constant threat of more water damage.
While we appreciate the challenge in crafting a budget that balances so many competing interests and demands, we urge you to pass the capital budget this session for the 2017-2019 biennium. The capital budget is critical not only to Heritage Capital Projects, but to the other construction projects representing billions in investments and thousands of jobs that rely on the capital budget being passed.
Thank you for your continued service in Olympia and for supporting the full funding of the Heritage Capital Projects work to unite Washingtonians through our shared history.