Archive | September, 2011

Reardon Releases 2012 Budget Proposal for Snohomish County

September 30, 2011

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Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon released his proposed 2012 budget today. Here’s an excerpt…

“We have not raised general fund property taxes in the last seven years and this year will be no different,” Reardon said before elected leaders, County Council members, employees and the general public, “and yet our budget is balanced, our reserves are above the adopted 11-percent target, and they will continue to grow under our spending plan.”

The proposed General Fund budget for 2012 is just over $206 million – slightly higher than the 2010 budget – and is based on modest revenue projections agreed to by Council and Executive financial analysts. Across all funds, the Snohomish County budget proposal offers just less than $600 million in services and infrastructure.

The budget also establishes a sustainable spending plan that continues to grow liquidity reserves to more than 12 percent in 2012 – nearly $1.1 million. This is critical to maintaining a high-quality bond rating, to reducing the cost of county investments and to protecting core services from future economic downturns.

“This is something that today sets Snohomish County apart from other jurisdictions,” Reardon said. “By tackling the impacts of the recession as it was ongoing, we were able to position ourselves where we are today: prepared to invest in the future and provide the critical services the people of Snohomish County expect.”

The result is a 2012 proposed General Fund budget that protects services for vulnerable populations, maintains public safety – still the largest part of the General Fund budget – and allows for fund balance growth while promoting new infrastructure for job development, especially at Paine Field.

In spite of the recession, during the past eight years, more than 40,000 new jobs were created across all sectors of the economy – more than double that of Washington State or any other Puget Sound county.

In 2012, the county will continue making investments in infrastructure and facilities to increase growth in Snohomish County’s aerospace cluster centered around Paine Field and the Boeing Company.

The Snohommish County Council will now review the budget, make changes it sees fit and pass it. To view executive Reardon’s budget address click here.
If you’d like to see the 73 page budget summary click here.
Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson, will give his city of Everett budget address on November 2nd.


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Free Tickets to Everett Fall Home and Gift Show This Weekend

September 30, 2011

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Click to print FREE admission tickets while they last

The Everett Fall Home and Gift Show is happening at Comcast Arena in downtown Everett today thru Sunday. Today the show runs from Noon – 6pm, tomorrow from 10am – 6pm and Sunday from 10am – 5pm. If you’re in the mood for home improvement, print out the coupon by clicking on the logo and go get some inspiration.

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State Auditor Says City of Everett Internal Controls Over Payments to Vendors are Inadequate

September 30, 2011

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The Washington State Auditor’s Office recently completed an audit of how the City of Everett handles payments to vendors of some federal grants. The auditor said the city was not making sure that the people it paid money to were not suspended or debarred from doing business from the federal government. Here’s an excerpt from the findings…

Description of Condition
The City paid six vendors a total of $948,096 for goods and services such as solar powered trash compactors, professional services, construction management and electrical supplies and materials without ensuring they were not suspended or disbarred from receiving federal funds. The City did not have a written certification of suspension and debarment for vendors under this program and did not perform any other procedures, such as checking the federal excluded parties list or including a clause in its vendor contracts, to ensure compliance with suspension and debarment requirements.

According to the auditor’s report the city needs to establish procedures to make sure that it’s not paying vendors who are not eligible. You can click here to read the entire report.

A separate accountability audit of local city operations (those not involving federal funds) found the city was doing a good job of following State law and its own policies and procedures. You can see that report here.

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Everett Police Seek Vehicle in Mobile Home Park Murder

September 29, 2011

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Just got this in from Everett Police…

Detective’s are asking the public to keep an eye out for a 2010 Black Jeep Patriot Washington license ABZ7996. The front license plate has been replaced with a U.S. Marine Corp plate. That vehicle is missing from the residence. If anyone see that vehicle they are asked to call 911.

EVERETT, WA: A suspicious death has turned into a homicide investigation in south Everett. Everett patrol officers were called to 1415 84th Street SE at about 11:15 a.m. yesterday after receiving a report of a deceased woman at that location. When officers arrived they discovered a 69 year old woman dead inside the double wide mobile home. The responding officers noted what appeared to be injuries to the woman and after confirming that she was deceased called for the Major Crimes Unit (MCU) to investigate.

MCU detectives arrive on scene a short time later and began their investigation. After receiving a search warrant at about 4:15 p.m. detectives entered the home. While inside they discover clear evidence that this was a homicide. Detectives can’t release details of what they found, only to say that they observed obvious injuries to the victim during their investigation.

Washington State Patrol Crime Lab personal assisted with the collection of evidence from the crime last night. Detectives were back at the home today to collect additional evidence before wrapping up the scene investigation.

No obvious motive or suspect has been identified in this murder. If anyone has any information they can call 911 or the Everett Police Department TIP LINE at (425) 257 – 8450.

The identity of the victim and cause and manner of death will be release by the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office.

There is no further information to release on this incident at this time.

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Suspicious Death at Everett Senior Mobile Home Park Was Murder

September 29, 2011

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A 69 year old woman was murdered here yesterday

Everett Police have confirmed that a resident of the Mobile Country Club in South Everett yesterday was murdered. Police were called to the park yesterday after a relative coming to visit a homeowner found the woman dead in her trailer. Major Crime detectives spent the day and night gathering evidence. Everett Police Sgt. Robert Goetz tells My Everett News that the victim was 69 years old. Police are releasing few details and say there is no obvious motive or suspect. They are asking anyone who thinks they may have information to call them at (425) 257-8450. The Snohomish County medical examiner has not yet released the victim’s identity.

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Everett’s Lions Park Adds Features For Visually Impaired

September 29, 2011

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Sign along sensory garden path

Audio way-finding maps and sensory garden paths complete Lions park upgrade

The city of Everett Parks Department says recent improvements will make Lions Park in South Everett the park of choice for the visually impaired. Yesterday the Everett City Council got a sneak peek at two new features at Lions Park. The first is an audio wayfinding system which allows visually impaired people to download directions and narrative maps that direct them into and thru the park. The maps can be downloaded to an I-pod, smart phone or specific readers. The city says it’s the first use of web-based wayfinding technology in a public park in the United States. The second addition at Lions Park is a sensory garden path which winds thru the west side with different signs in print and braille that allow people to learn more about the plants and landscape.

The city is also installing a braille tactile map on each side of the park so visually impaired people can feel the layout of the park. All of the improvements cost $19,800.00 and were paid for in part by a donation from the Everett Lions Club. You can access the maps and other downloadable information by clicking here. Everett City Councilman Ron Gipson and several others on the council praised the city’s Parks Department for taking Everett park improvements to such a high level.

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Everett Police Honored For Cooperation and Information Sharing

September 28, 2011

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John Martin from WSIN addressed the Everett City Council

At this afternoon’s Everett City Council meeting, Everett Police Chief Kathy Atwood accepted an award from the Western States Information Networks as Department of the Year. Mr. John Martin, the regional law enforcement coordinator for the WSIN, explained to the City Council that Everett PD has led the way above more than 100 other law enforcement agencies in sharing information on criminal suspects and investigations. Martin said that beginning last year, Everett Police started a policy of putting case information into a database that can be accessed by other law enforcement agencies to see if they are investigating the same suspect as Everett PD. Information is then shared so that each department knows what the other is doing and won’t adversely affect the other’s investigation.Everett also promoted the information sharing policy to the Washington Association of Sheriff’s and Police Chiefs who adopted Everett’s policy as a model for law enforcement across Washington State.

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