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Camano Island: School district taxes not rising
Island County residents recently received tax statements showing a breakdown of property taxes for 2013 and 2014. The figures for the Stanwood-Camano School District appear to show a large increase in district taxes for 2014, which the district says is not true. The 2013 figure does not include a capital projects bond for the district, which was paid off in December. For 2014, the district approved a $28.9 million technology and facilities levy, which amounts to approximately $1.44 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. The Island County Assessor’s Office is expected to send a letter explaining the discrepancy. The error did not appear on Snohomish County tax statements in the district.
Gold Bar: Sky Valley dinner and auction seeks sponsors and donations
The 23rd annual Sky Valley dinner and auction is scheduled for 5 p.m. April 19 at Camp Huston in Gold Bar.
This year, the Sky Valley Chamber & Visitor Center fundraiser celebrates outdoor recreation. It includes a silent auction, a raffle, a costume contest, a live auction and a gourmet dinner.
The chamber is offering sponsorship opportunities and is seeking items for donation to the auction.
More info: call 360-793-0983 or email debbie@skyvalleyvic.net.
Lynnwood: North Road widening to start soon
A county open house Thursday will focus on the North Road widening project that Snohomish County expects to start this spring.
It’s scheduled from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Lynnwood High School, 18218 North Road. County staff will be available to discuss plans and construction schedules.
The work will widen a 1.8-mile corridor between 164th Street SW and Filbert Road, which currently has two lanes and intermittent sidewalks.
The project aims to add a center turn lane and 5-foot-wide bike paths on both sides of the road, as well as sidewalks.
When construction starts, most work is expected to be done during workdays between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
More info: call 425-388-3789, email tina.hokanson@snoco.org or go to www.snoco.org and search for “road projects.”
Marysville: $200K to help clean up waterfront
Marysville has received a $200,000 grant from the state Department of Ecology that will go toward cleaning up a five-acre property along the Ebey Slough. The city-owned property is located just west of Waterfront Park. The ground contains pollutants commonly used by the timber and marine industries that have operated there since the 1800s. The grant money will be used to conduct groundwater monitoring and to support public outreach activities, including a future open house. More study will be needed to identify options for removing the pollutants for the land.
Sultan: Lip Sync contest scheduled
The Sky Valley Chamber of Commerce has scheduled its 26th annual lip sync contest for 7 p.m. May 16 at the Sultan High School commons.
People of all ages are welcome to compete. Performers need to bring a CD of their music and pay a $3 admission fee.
Registration begins at 6 p.m. Winners can earn cash prizes.
For more information, call 360-793-0983.
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