Northwest NEWS

September 20, 1999

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Carnation police levy failing

by Lisa Allen, Valley View Editor

   Although it will be the end of this week before all of the absentee ballots from the primary election will be totaled, hopes by Carnation city officials for passage of the $102,000 police levy were fading last Friday, with vote totals of 58 percent in favor and 42 percent against.

   The measure requires a 60 percent "yes" vote to pass. In addition, a total "yes" vote of 149 is required. Last week, only 115 residents of Carnation had voted in favor of the levy. Ballot counts late last week also revealed that only 20 percent of registered voters in the city had gone to the polls.

   City Administrator Woody Edvalson said he expected the City Council would decide to place the measure on the November ballot. The council met last Friday to discuss the issue.

   "There may not have been enough issues to bring people out to vote," said Carnation Finance Director Richard Gould. "We will know by Friday, and if we have to place it in the general election, we hope that more people will turn out to vote, because of I-695."

   The police services measure was for an excess property tax for the year 2000, and would cost a property owner about .95 per $1,000 of assessed valuation.

   "It's such a small amount," he said. "For just a few dollars, safety in the community would be affected."

   Gould said the city has had no problem passing police levies over the last three years, but thinks the change from a city force to one operated by King County could have made a difference. "Some people may have thought the levy wasn't really necessary," he said.

   Gould said if the levy fails in November, the number of officers in town will go from three to two. "It's not good for the city to lose that coverage," he said.

Derdowski losing to Irons

   King County District 12 challenger Dave Irons, Jr. was leading incumbent Councilman Brian Derdowski last week with Irons receiving 52 percent of votes against Derdowski's 48 percent.

   For 10 years, Derdowski has been known as a slow-growth advocate, but had been unsuccessful at stopping rampant development on the Sammamish plateau. Irons campaigned on a platform that said infrastructure needed to catch up to developments that had already been built.

   Neither candidate could be reached for comment, but an article in the Sept. 16 issue of the Seattle Times said Derdowski had confirmed rumors that he might move into Louise Miller's district to run when Miller retires in 2001.

   The election will be certified on Friday, Sept. 24.