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Everett: Budget discussion Tuesday: Everett leaders have scheduled a meeting from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday to hear people’s thoughts on the city budget.

The location is Everett Community College’s Wilderness Auditorium in the Jackson Conference Center, 2000 Tower St.

City leaders have had regular discussions this spring about ways to bridge a projected $13 million gap between revenues and expenses in the 2015 budget. Some ideas floated so far include higher business licensing fees and new utility taxes. New car-tab fees and merging the Everett Public Library with Sno-Isle Libraries are other possibilities.

There’s also talk of creating a new taxing district to pay for city parks. If people don’t want to increase parks funding, the city could save money by closing popular attractions such as Forest Park’s swim center and petting zoo.

Lynnwood: Police dog fundraiser: A fundraiser is planned for Lynnwood police dogs from 7 to 10 p.m. May 15 at the Lynnwood Bowl &Skate, 6210 200th St. SW.

There will be a police dog demonstration and Lynnwood police T-shirts and stuffed dog-shaped toys for sale.

Bowling proceeds from that time will go toward the police dog program, including training and equipment.

Mill Creek: Update plan for capital projects: The city of Mill Creek is looking for input from people on updates to its plan for capital improvements.

The updated plan is expected to focus on the time period from 2015 to 2021. Some longer-term projects are also being considered.

Projects related to transportation, parks, stormwater, and buildings are typically included in the plan. The project list for 2013 to 2019 and detailed descriptions are available on the city’s website.

Mukilteo: Volunteers monitor drivers’ speeds: Mukilteo police volunteers have started a new program to monitor drivers’ speeds in town. The volunteers are trained to use speed-detection equipment and record speeds.

Warning letters are then sent to drivers from the police department. There is no fine associated with the warning letters.

Snohomish: New paving material: The city of Snohomish is reclaiming some of the gravel that has been added to alleys in past years. Crews are now replacing with it with a mixture of gravel and ground asphalt.

The change is expected to allow water to flow off the road. The addition of the asphalt will create a harder driving surface that is expected hold up longer in the rain.

People may notice that some of the alleys have been changed from a grayish rock to a brown gravel. The brown color is reground asphalt.

The city plans to see benefits from using the new material, including a reduced the need for maintenance and less dust in the summer.

Snohomish: Hard Cider Festival scheduled: The Snohomish Kiwanis Club has set the Hard Cider Festival for 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Craven Farm, 13817 Short School Road.

Proceeds benefit the club’s youth programs.

Tickets cost $25 and include five tasting tokens and an appetizer plate prepared by Snohomish’s 907 Bar &Grill.

Tickets and a list of the 10 participating cider makers are available at The Hawthorne also has tickets at 115 Ave. A in Snohomish.

If the festival doesn’t sell out, tickets will be available at the door. People must be 21 or older and provide identification to attend.

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