Voters will decide fire-protection funding measure

October 27, 2009

By Staff

Voters will decide fire-protection funding measure

Voters in Klahanie, Preston, Tiger Mountain, May Valley and Carnation — the area covered by Fire Protection District 10 — will decide whether to reauthorize a charge to provide dollars for emergency fire and medical service on the Nov. 3 ballot.

Proposition 1 would lower the district property tax rate from $1.50 to a maximum of $1 per $1,000 of assessed value. No organized opposition to Proposition 1 has materialized.

District officials said a lower property tax rate in conjunction with the charge — based upon building size and use — is a more equitable and stable way to pay for emergency services.

The fee is based on the size and use of a structure instead of its value. Proponents said the system is less susceptible to fluctuations in property value, and funding for emergency services remains steady when values sink.

Since voters approved the measure, officials have kept the charge below the 2003 rate of $1.50. The rate is $1.32 for 2009.

In 2003, District 10 voters approved a measure to replace a portion of the property tax with the Fire Benefit Charge. Voters must reauthorize the charge every six years.

District 10 is part of Eastside Fire & Rescue.

Hear from school board candidates on TV forum

Candidates Marnie Maraldo and Wright Noel, vying for the school board Director District No. 2 spot, answered questions about education issues for The Issaquah Press during a question-and-answer session Oct. 21.

Maraldo and Wright participated in a candidate forum held Oct. 8, but technical problems left the school board portion of the forum unintelligible. A video of the most recent question-and-answer session will be posted to the city Web site, www.ci.issaquah.wa.us. Follow the “Video Archive” link to reach the candidate forum video.

Watch the rebroadcast of The Issaquah Press candidate forum, and new school board portion, on Issaquah Channel 21 every Friday, Sunday and Tuesday at 7 a.m., noon and 9 p.m. until Election Day, Nov. 3.

Watch county, city video voter guides on the Web

As ballots arrive in King County voters’ mailboxes, the county Video Voter’s Guide has returned to help residents guide their decisions ahead of the Nov. 3 election.

Watch the guide on King County TV or on the Web at www.kingcounty.gov/KCTV/VVG.

The guide enables voters to hear directly from countywide candidates. Advocates for ballot issues are also featured in the guide. Every candidate and issue is allowed to present a two-minute statement.

The guide includes statements from candidates for county executive, assessor, County Council District 9, Port of Seattle Commission, and from speakers on countywide ballot measures.

In the District 9 race, incumbent Reagan Dunn will face challenger Beverly Harison Tonda. District 9 includes unincorporated King County land south of Issaquah, as well as parts of Bellevue, Newcastle and Renton.

Through local government access channels, the guide is available to about 425,000 households. The guide is also distributed through many libraries.

Watch the Issaquah Video Voter Guide on the city Web site, www.ci.issaquah.wa.us. Follow the “Video Archive” link to hear from City Council candidates.

The guide includes statements from Position 5 candidates Maureen McCarry and Joan Probala, Position 7 candidates Tola Marts and Nathan Perea, and Councilwoman Eileen Barber, who is running unopposed for a second term.

Stormy weather causes school phone outages

Due to stormy weather, telephone lines were out at Challenger and Briarwood elementary schools and Liberty High School the morning of Oct. 26.

District officials tried to determine the cause of the outage throughout the morning.

Challenger’s telephone lines went out at about 8 a.m., and Liberty’s and Briarwood’s sometime before that, said Lissy Mandel, spokeswoman for the district.

District officials asked parents to contact the schools via e-mail for emergency situations.

Overlake offers free swine flu vaccinations to pregnant women

Overlake is introducing a new program to provide free H1N1 immunizations for pregnant women who are giving birth at Overlake. Go to www.overlakehospital.org/prereg and register for your delivery in the Overlake Childbirth Center. Within two business days, a representative will call you to schedule your H1N1 vaccination.

Overlake has a limited supply of H1N1 vaccine. Registration will get you on the list for the free vaccine. If you have already registered with Overlake for your delivery, then call the Overlake Women’s Clinic directly at 688-5389 to schedule your H1N1 vaccination.

The H1N1 immunizations will arrive in two different forms: traditional shots and a new nasal spray. This live strain is not recommended for some individuals who are most at risk of getting severely ill from the flu, primarily pregnant women, children younger than 2, adults older than 49, and people with asthma or other respiratory diseases.

Learn more about the seasonal flu and the H1N1 virus at www.overlakehospital.org.

Free movie series continues with ‘Addicted to Plastic’

A series of free movie nights with films about sustainability will continue Nov. 10 with the documentary “Addicted to Plastic.”

The movie will be shown at 6:30 p.m. at the King County Library Service Center Community Room, 960 Newport Way N.W. City officials said the event aims to educate the community about plastics, the effects of plastics on the environment and human health, and the plastics industry.

A panel of experts will lead a discussion about plastics and other related environmental issues after the movie. Information about eco-friendly programs, as well as refreshments provided by Cedar Grove Composting, will also be available to attendees. Organizers will give away door prizes after the film.

The free movie nights are presented by the city Resource Conservation Office and paid for through a grant from the King County Local Hazardous Waste Management Program.

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