Northwest NEWS

October 5, 1998

Local News

News Briefs

   Compiled by Woodinville Weekly staff

Sims pins tax hike on public safety

   SEATTLE--Warnings that King County might exceed property tax limits came true last week when Executive Ron Sims called for a 5.5 percent increase to fund the 1999 expense budget.
   "I'm not willing to jeopardize the public safety of the citizens of King County," Sims, a Democrat, argued.
   Under his proposal, there would be;
$5.6 million more for the Sheriff's office; $11 million more for Adult Detention, $1.4 million more for District Court, $2.6 million more for the Prosecutor's office, and $1 million for Youth Services. Money would go for traffic enforcement, hiring jail guards and for the county's response to the proposed listing of Chinook salmon as endangered.
To avoid a tax increase, the council will have to find $8.5 million in the budget to cut.

Recycling about to be made easier for some residents

   WOODINVILLE--Some Woodinville residents will soon be able to take advantage of a "toter" the city is offering to assist them in recycling.
   Available to apartment, condo and town home dwellers, the blue polystyrene bags with vinyl handles make for a handy storage sack for residents with little room to keep empty aluminum and steel cans, bottles, cereal boxes and papers between trips to recycling containers.
   The bags are strong. A field test performed at the Weekly's office last week found one could easily haul seven newspapers, two mason jars, three half-full plastic water bottles, a fistful of junk mail and two two-inch thick environmental impact statements. Keri Morin, the city's recycling coordinator, says there are about 1,100 bags that she has for distribution, enough for one at each town home, apartment and condo in Woodinville.
   She said a survey of apartment residents found that most recycled when they could, and that a bag would help them.
   For more information on the bag, contact Morin at 489-2754 ext. 286.

SPU reminds customers to conserve water

   SEATTLE--Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is asking its customers to maintain good water conservation practices this fall to help ensure the success of sockeye and chinook salmon spawning between now and December.
   The extremely dry summer (rainfall in the Cedar River watershed is nearly 11 inches below normal) coupled with El Nino induced early melt-off of snow has caused mountain reservoirs to drop rapidly the past two months.
   Officials encourage customers to not let water run when it's not being used, water lawns and gardens in the early mornings or evenings, sweep driveways rather than wash them and check toilets and faucets for leaks and repair them right away.
   The extended dry weather has produced record-low streamflows throughout the Cedar and Tolt watersheds, and the reservoirs are being relied on heavily to maintain minimum streamflows for fish. While weather forecasters predict a wet fall, officials aren't certain. The Woodinville, Northshore and Bothell water districts all are supplied by SPU.