Northwest NEWS

August 5, 2002

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Public hearing set for Ref. 51

The City of Woodinville encourages citizens to comment on Referendum 51 at a public hearing scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 12, at City Hall, Council Chambers, 17301 - 133rd Ave. NE.
   Standard public hearing rules will apply: Individuals will be allowed three minutes to speak; groups will be allowed five minutes. Once everyone who wishes to speak has done so, persons may request additional time.
   The state Public Disclosure Commission allows Washington cities to take a position on ballot measures only after the various sides have presented their viewpoints on the issue in a duly advertised meeting.
   "This is a City Council," said City Manager Pete Rose, "that is willing to listen to the public. If citizens are willing to stand up and be heard, their opinions will be taken seriously."
   Referendum 51 is a $7.7 billion statewide transportation-funding package that will appear on the Nov. 5 ballot. The measure will ask voters to increase the state's 23-cent-per-gallon gas tax by 9 cents per gallon, a 5-cent-per-gallon increase in 2003 and an additional 4-cent-per-gallon increase in 2004.
   The measure also adds a 1 percent sales surcharge on new and used car purchases, and increases weight freight fees for heavy trucks by 30 percent, a 15 percent increase (on trucks over 10,000 pounds) in 2003 and an additional 15 percent increase in 2004.