Northwest NEWS

May 10, 1999

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Council-manager plan, technology levy on ballot

by Valley View staff

   The King County Records and Elections Office says it expects 60-75 percent of Snoqualmie Valley voters to take part in the May 18 vote-by-mail election.

   The Riverview School District wants to pass a $3.9 million technology levy that will pay for educational technology and equipment and training, including classroom computers and communications equipment.

   Recent surveys of neighboring districts reveal that Riverview lags behind in the number of current computers available to students, according to Riverview Executive Director Michael Green. He added that technology at Cedarcrest High School consists mainly of 486-based computers.

   "The technology team believes that to prepare students for the 21st century, we need tools, and we don't have them," he said.

   The levy will cost property owners $.45 per $1,000 assessed value for six years, earning $600,000 per year, but the bus and capital projects repair bonds will be coming off during that time, so the level should remain constant, say school officials.

   The levy would pay for upgrading of computer labs, increasing numbers of computers, six Internet-capable computers in every classroom, teacher and staff training, and upgrading of the network and phone systems.

   Residents of Carnation will decide by mail-in ballot whether they want to replace their mayor-council with a council-city manager plan of government.

   In the council-manager type of system, the mayor is selected from among five elected council members. He would have the same legislative authority as the other members.

   The city administrator, currently Woody Edvalson, would answer to the majority vote of the council. Edvalson has noted that the change would eliminate power struggles between the mayor and council.

   Signed ballots must be postmarked no later than election day, May 18. Ballots can also be delivered to the designated drop-off location which is Stillwater Elementary School, 11530 320th Ave. NE, Carnation, between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. on May 18.

   If a ballot is lost or destroyed, a replacement ballot may be obtained in person from the King County Records and Elections Division, 500 Fourth Ave., Room 553, Seattle, on or before election day. If you have not received a ballot, call 206-296-1560.