August 3, 1998
Duvall City Council news
by Barbara Sullivan
DUVALL--At the City Council's July 23 meeting, Mayor Glen Kuntz read a letter of commendation from absent City Director Jim Bourasa, which thanked Public Works Director John Light and the crew for their fast work on an almost impossible task.
According to the letter, when told they had two days to clear all the debris and the concrete slab from the building site for the new Public Works shed, (as requested by the contractor), Light and the crew finished the task "cheerfully and efficiently."
In other council business:
- The Stoneridge preliminary plat finally received approval to go ahead with a few conditions as set forth by the Planning Commission and the Council.
Conditions involve including stormwater detention within the tract or right-of-way within the limits of the tract; an eight-foot sanitary sewer main to be installed in the alley between 1st and 2nd instead of the previously planned location; and upgrading street improvements for the one-way street to either vertical or rolled curb.
- The Riverview School District six-year Capital Facilities Plan was passed with a vote of 4 to 1 (Loutsis-nay), allowing the district to distribute more evenly the impact of new children coming into the district by cost-sharing with the builders and new families within the community.
Among the council there was some discussion about the problem of double taxing--an owner paying taxes for years on his property, then subdividing and building and paying taxes again on the new property.
Grace Yuan, legal counsel for the school district, stated the problem could be resolved by "reducing the fee by tax credits...we are aware of the double-dipping problem and that's taken into account."
Before leaving the meeting, Superintendent Jack Ernst told the council he strongly supported the Duvall Police Department.
"We have really appreciated the support from the police--your chief and the city have provided a great service to our community," he said.
Kuntz also complimented Police Chief Glenn Merryman and his staff "and their relationship to the community."
- Also passed, but by a unanimous vote, was the decision to put a "lid-lift of 106 percent" on the ballot this November.
As explained by Finance Director Kevin Brenner, the lid-lift (the current one will expire this year) will simply allow the police department to operate at the same level they do now, without an increase to the taxpayers.
The current amount is $1.89 per $1,000 assessed valuation and the proposed lid-lift will keep that same amount if it is passed.
"This is purely and simply for maintenance expenses--it is not a levy," said Merryman. "This is a continuum on the past three years and will keep the amount the same."
The amount raised by the proposed lid-lift to be used for maintenance is about $135,000. It will not go to provide any additional equipment or manpower.
Merryman pointed out the bulk of the budget is needed for salaries.
Kuntz added that when the time is right and the city can afford it, "we do drop our rates--we have done it in the past. We need to agree to put this on the ballot in November and work towards it."