King County mails ballots for Feb. 14 election

January 31, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

Voters in communities just outside Issaquah — Klahanie, Mirrormont, Preston and more — started to receive ballots in recent days for a Feb. 14 special election.

On Jan. 25, King County Elections mailed ballots and voters’ pamphlets to Fire District 10 voters. The district, plus a handful of school districts elsewhere in King County, is placing a measure before the electorate.

Fire District 10 serves residents in Klahanie, May Valley, Preston and Tiger Mountain in the Issaquah area, plus Carnation in rural King County.

What to know

Fire District 10 voters started to receive ballots last week.

Issaquah City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way, is a ballot drop box location. The deadline to return a ballot to a drop box is 8 p.m. Feb. 14. If a voter decides to submit a ballot by mail instead, the ballot must be postmarked by the same day.

If a voter has lost or misplaced a ballot, he or she should contact the elections office ASAP for information about voting options. Call the voter hotline at 206-296-8683.

The ballot measure asks voters to approve a 20-year, $5.5 million bond to fund a rebuilt Eastside Fire & Rescue Station 78 and improvements to other fire stations throughout the sprawling district. The price tag for the rebuilt station alone is expected to reach $4.5 million.

Though initial information from EFR and earlier reports listed the cost of the bond to property owners as 9 cents per $100,000 in assessed value, the bond instead calls for them to pay 9 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value — or about $3 per month for a home assessed at $400,000.

The existing Station 78 is located at the district’s western edge, just outside Renton. (Fire District 10 is a partner in EFR, a regional emergency response agency.)

Because Fire District 10 officials requested a voters’ pamphlet for the special election, voters should receive the guide in the same envelope as ballots. King County Elections also posted the measure information in a digital guide available online.

Voting starts as soon as residents receive ballots. The elections office is opening a ballot drop box at Issaquah City Hall for the special election.

Ballots must be postmarked by Feb. 14, or slipped into a ballot drop box by 8 p.m. the same day.

“Make sure to return your ballot before the deadline — the earlier, the better,” Elections Director Sherril Huff said in a statement. “Ballot drop boxes are available to return a ballot without postage, or you can return your ballot by mail. First-class stamp prices just went up, so please be sure to use sufficient postage.”

Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or wkagarise@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

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