Vote today for King Conservation District board supervisor

March 19, 2009

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 10 a.m. March 19, 2009

Voters cast ballots today for a King Conservation District board supervisor.

Polls are open at the Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sunset Way, from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. In order to cast a ballot, voters must present proper identification, such as a driver’s license, passport or birth certificate.

Three contenders are seeking election to the five-member volunteer board. Carnation residents Preston Drew and David Mauk, as well as Seattle write-in candidate Mark Sollitto, are seeking the post.

King County Conservation Voters endorsed Sollitto; the King County Republican Party backs Drew.

Supervisors serve three-year, unpaid terms. They oversee district operations, staff and financial administration. They also guide the direction of district programs and policies.

Annual revenue for the district totals about $6.3 million. The district uses about $2.5 million to fund operations and its staff of about 17 full-time employees.

The district is funded mostly through a $10 per-parcel assessment fee. Other funding comes from the Conservation Commission. State, federal and local grants are also important revenue sources.

Although the district is authorized by the state Legislature, it is not a state agency and does not receive an ongoing operating budget from the state.

Most registered voters who reside in King County are eligible to vote, with the exception of residents of cities that do not fall within the district’s boundaries, including Federal Way, Enumclaw, Skykomish, Milton and Pacific.

See a complete list of polling locations and hours here.

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