Voters will decide fire-protection funding measure

October 27, 2009

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.

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Watch county, city video voter guides on the Web

October 19, 2009

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 19, 2009

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

Watch the guide on King County TV or on the Web.

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.

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Hear from county executive, council candidates at Saturday forum

October 16, 2009

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 16, 2009

Join King County executive candidates Dow Constantine and Susan Hutchison at a Saturday morning forum in Newcastle. County Councilman Reagan Dunn and challenger Beverly Harison Tonda, candidates for the District 9 seat, will join the would-be executives at The Golf Club at Newcastle.

The district includes swaths of Bellevue, Newcastle and Renton, as well as unincorporated King County land south of Issaquah.

The free forum begins at 9 a.m. in the St. Andrew’s Ballroom, 155500 Six Penny Lane. Organizers ask attendees to R.S.V.P. to the event. Call 206-241-5774 or e-mail to R.S.V.P.

Debbie Berto, publisher of the Newcastle News and The Issaquah Press, will moderate the executive portion of the forum.

Councilman, challenger seek to rein in county government

September 29, 2009

Voters in unincorporated King County south of Issaquah will choose a County Council representative Nov. 3. Incumbent Councilman Reagan Dunn, elected to the post in November 2005, will face challenger Beverly Harison Tonda, a Maple Valley corporate trainer. Read more

Reagan Dunn faces two challengers in Aug. 18 primary

August 4, 2009

Reagan Dunn

Reagan Dunn

Candidates in the race for the District 9 County Council seat are touting their credentials as reformers ahead of the Aug. 18 primary election.

Incumbent Councilman Reagan Dunn, elected to the post in November 2005, will face challengers Beverly Harison Tonda, a Maple Valley corporate trainer, and Newcastle playwright Mark Greene as he seeks a second full term.

Dunn was first appointed to the post in February 2005 to serve the remainder of outgoing Councilman Rob McKenna’s term. McKenna was elected state attorney general the previous November. Read more