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Water District plans for small rate increases

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Water and sewer rates for customers in the Woodinville Water District will increase by less than expected, WWD Finance Manager Jack Broyles said at the Board of Commissioners meeting last week.

“The good news is, because of the warm and dry summer that we just had, and also the introduction of wholesale water rates, previously predicted rate increases of 4.5 to 4 percent now look like they will be just 1.5 percent for both years,” Broyles said. Additionally, the District now makes more of its money from fixed charges.

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Ring of prolific car prowlers arrested

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

On Thursday evening, Oct. 30, patrol deputies arrested two adult males and one adult female for possession of stolen property and identity theft. The arrests came after an alert citizen called in about a suspicious vehicle in one of the Marymoor Park parking lots. A Sammamish detective had developed probable cause for the arrest of occupants of a silver Kia Sedona van, and when deputies arrived at the park they found that was the suspicious vehicle the citizen had called about.
The following day detectives with the city of Sammamish served a search warrant on the suspect vehicle, recovering evidence linking the three suspects to more car prowls and identity theft. Yesterday, detectives served a search warrant on a storage unit belonging to one of the suspects. More evidence linking the suspects to additional victims was located.

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City budget starting to improve after recession

  • Written by Briana Gerdeman

The City of Woodinville’s budget for the next two years is expected to include a 1 percent property tax increase, revenue from a new business license program and the cost of a new police officer and a website upgrade, among other costs and revenues.

At last week’s City Council meeting, City Manager Richard Leahy explained the major points of a preliminary 2015-2016 budget. The Council is planned to discuss the budget in more detail and pass first reading at its next meeting, Nov. 18, before adopting the budget at the Dec. 2 meeting.
“Overall, we have improved conditions; however, we’re still very cautious, because, once again, not all the signals are pointing in the right direction,” Leahy said.

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10-year-old celebrates her birthday with a food and toy drive to help others

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Toy driveJulia Gonzalez with the donations she collected for her ninth birthday last year.Julia Gonzalez, a 10-year-old Woodinville resident and a student at Bear Creek Elementary, celebrated her 10th birthday last week with a food and toy drive rather than receiving presents herself.

Her goal this year is to donate 200 pounds of food and 50 toys. This is her third year hosting a food and toy drive for her birthday, and she’s met her goal every year.
If you’d like to donate, you can drop off items at Hopelink in Julia’s name through Dec. 1.