Property tax increase included in 2014 budget

November 12, 2013

Issaquah could hike property taxes for the first time in eight years.

The mayor’s proposed budget includes a 1 percent increase, the maximum allowed under state law. The increase would add just over 1 cent per thousand to the tax rate, which would mean an annual increase of $3.83 on a $440,000 home if passed. The city last pursued an increase in 2006.

“Inflation has been incurring year after year,” Finance Director Diane Marcotte said, giving a rate of 1.9 percent annually. “I think the mayor wanted to include the 1 percent property tax because it helps to offset the increase of inflation.”

It would add an estimated $70,000 in revenue to city coffers.

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Issaquah, Sammamish make NerdWallet’s top 10 list for job seekers

November 12, 2013

The website NerdWallet has placed Issaquah and Sammamish in its top 10 best places for job seekers in Washington state. Issaquah came in second, while Sammamish was No. 5.

NerdWallet.com is a personal finance and credit card comparison website launched in March 2010. The site writes recommendations on credit cards, personal finance options, discounts and gas prices.

For its list of best places of job seekers, it looked at the following criteria:

Eastridge Church hosts turkey giveaway

November 12, 2013

Eastridge Church is giving away 1,500 free Thanksgiving turkeys and bags of groceries to families in need at 9 a.m. Nov. 23 (while supplies last) at their two locations in Issaquah and Seattle.

The church will also give free haircuts from licensed stylists in Issaquah only, coats and gloves for children and adults, and Bibles.

The Issaquah campus of Eastridge Church is at 24205 Issaquah-Fall City Road.

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VFW hosts popular Veterans Day ceremony

November 5, 2013

Due to its growing popularity, the service that the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3436 hosts honoring local services members returns to the Issaquah Valley Senior Center.

David Waggoner, of the Issaquah VFW, said last year’s service at the new location exceeded 100 attendees.

All residents are invited, regardless of whether they’ve served in the military. The headlining guest speaker this year is state Rep. Chad Magendanz. Marilyn Batura, whose brother was killed in the Pacific during World War II and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery, will read a poem about veterans.

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Eight-story hotel planned near I-90

November 5, 2013

Rowley Properties’ eight-story hotel could be the first example of the Central Issaquah Plan in motion.

While the city pieced together the parts of its long-term vision of how central Issaquah should develop, approving the final plan late last year, it worked with the local real estate development company. Rowley Properties had an interest in redeveloping its holdings in the area and to specifically build a mixed use, extended-stay hotel near the existing Hilton Garden Inn west of SR 900.

By Greg Farrar Dirt is piled up, underground pipe is stacked onsite and earth-moving equipment is at work on land north of the Hilton Garden Inn on Northwest Gilman Boulevard, between Hyla Avenue Northwest and 18th Avenue Northwest.

By Greg Farrar
Dirt is piled up, underground pipe is stacked onsite and earth-moving equipment is at work on land north of the Hilton Garden Inn on Northwest Gilman Boulevard, between Hyla Avenue Northwest and 18th Avenue Northwest.

“Rowley was gearing up and didn’t want to wait until the CIP was done,” Project Oversight Manager Christopher Wright said. It led to a great deal of cooperation between the city and Rowley Properties.

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Gilman Village celebrates 40th anniversary

November 5, 2013

In celebration of its 40th anniversary, Gilman Village is partnering with CleanScapes to present a shopping experience for ladies from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 8.

In addition to discounts, shops will have special experiences including:

  • Flat Iron Grill — 2-6 p.m., special Happy Hour pricing, featuring a “Gilman Girl” prosecco cocktail.
  • Pelage — 4-7 p.m., live demonstrations of the latest laser hair removal technology and drawings every 30 minutes for services and products

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Help design bike racks for downtown

July 30, 2013

The city is inviting artists to help design artwork for bicycle racks, which will be installed downtown at a date to be determined. The bicycle racks will be standard inverted “U” racks, and the commissioned artwork will fill the inner space.

The Office of Sustainability is partnering with the Arts Commission for the project. The new bicycle racks are part of the bicycle and pedestrian action plan, which aims to make transportation without a car around Issaquah easier.

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Sammamish to survey Klahanie residents

July 16, 2013

Within the next few months, residents of Klahanie will get calls from pollsters wondering how much they like Sammamish.

The triangular wedge of unincorporated King County borders Sammamish on two sides and Issaquah on the third. State law assumes that at some point one city or the other will absorb the area, which is home to more than 10,000 people.

Under current standards, only Issaquah has the option to do so. The city may put it to a vote as soon as April 2014.

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Issaquah may adopt new domestic violence law

June 4, 2013

Committing act in front of children would bring 30 days in jail

A new domestic violence law might soon come before the council.

During the goal-setting retreat last month, in which council members presented items to prioritize in the coming year, Councilman Josh Schaer brought attention to a 2006 law passed by the city of Federal Way. It calls for a mandatory 30-day sentence to convicted offenders of a domestic violence crime in the presence of a child.

Schaer said he wanted to investigate the possibility of passing such a law in Issaquah.

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Heroin is becoming ‘a problem’ in Issaquah

June 4, 2013

A growing number of possession, dealing and overdose cases in Issaquah point to a shifting trend in heroin usage.

A number of local entities, including police, school and emergency rescue officials, said the situation, which has extended to affect a wide area, has only slow and complicated solutions.

Police Chief Paul Ayers said in an interview that the presence of the hard narcotic has seen a marked increase in the city in the past year. Pointing to the number of arrests local police make that involve heroin possession and lengthy dealing investigations, he said heroin has taken the place of a larger methamphetamine presence that existed previously.

“I would call it a problem. It appears that the use of heroin has risen over the meth usage,” he said, adding that he did not want to speculate on specifics. “We don’t have real accurate information on it.”

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