The Aberdeen City Council took the first step to increasing multiple utility taxes at last night’s meeting.
The council had separate ordinances for increasing water and sewer, solid waste, cable television and the storm drain utility taxes each pass their first readings last night.
Councilwoman Kathi Hoder said the increases are necessary to keep the services the city provides.
The increases the city is looking at include a Water and Sewer increase from 2 percent to 4.5 percent, a Solid Waste and Recyclable Materials Collection tax of 4.5 percent, a Cable Television tax of 4.5 percent to those engaging or carrying on the business of providing cable TV services, and a Storm and Surface Water Drainage Utility tax of 4.5 percent.
There will be public hearings for each of these items at the next Aberdeen City Council Meeting which is set for Wednesday, December 10th at 7:15 pm.
The Grays Harbor County Commissioners had a public hearing yesterday to help them decide who could administer an admission tax.
The ordinance that was brought forward had the auditor taking over the role from the treasurer but Grays Harbor County Auditor Vern Spatz said he has not had the time to see how this would work out.
The commissioners voted to postpone the ordinance until December 15th to allow for more research about the issue.
Commissioner Frank Gordon says the tax has been in place since 1943 but it has not been administered.
Gordon said the tax would not affect charitable functions.
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Despite this morning’s light rain, with the recent heat wave increasing fire danger throughout the state, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources is expanding the burn ban from DNR-protected lands to include Western Washington. The burn ban will run from today through September 30, 2014. It applies to all forestlands under DNR fire protection.
“Washington is experiencing high heat and very low humidity, which is creating a dangerous situation,” said Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark. “We are asking everyone to take extra care to avoid any risk of causing a fire.”
This fire season, there have already been 265 fires on DNR-protected lands, with the majority caused by humans. DNR protects about 13 million acres throughout the state and operates the state’s largest fire-fighting force, with more than 1,000 trained staff ready to be deployed where needed.
Hot and dry conditions increase the potential for wildfire over the next several weeks on both sides of the Cascades. With the current heat wave projected to last into next week, DNR is urging people to be extra vigilant.
All outdoor burning on DNR-protected forestlands is prohibited during the ban, with two exceptions. Recreational fires in approved fire pits within designated state, county, municipal or other campgrounds, and gas or propane stoves/barbeque grills are allowed. DNR-approved prescribed fires for ecological purposes may be permitted if expressly approved by the Commissioner of Public Lands.
Fireworks and incendiary devices, such as exploding targets, sky lanterns, or tracer ammunition, are illegal on all DNR-protected forestlands. Charcoal briquettes are not allowed.
In the history of the Mason County Sheriff’s Office established in 1854, there has never been the rank and position of Corporal. On Friday, Tammy Filyaw was promoted to the rank of Corporal by Mason County Sheriff Casey Salisbury. Corporal Filyaw is also the very first female Corporal in the history of the Mason County Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff Salisbury stated that both the Mason County Sheriff’s Office and the citizens that they serve are fortunate to have such a high caliber of Deputies and Officers to be promoted to positions of leadership. This speaks well of the entire Sheriff’s Office, and he is proud to continue the legacy of professionalism by promoting personnel such as Corporal Filyaw.
Corporal Tammy Filyaw is the first of four Corporals to be promoted from Jail Officers and the fifth Corporal overall to be promoted in the Sheriff’s Office. Corporal Filyaw is a resident of Shelton and has worked for the Mason County Sheriff’s Office for approximately three and a half years.
Washington will haul in nearly $150,000 in excise taxes from the first three days of legal marijuana sales – and that doesn’t include state and local sales taxes.
Randy Simmons, the Liquor Control Board’s project manager for legal pot, says that’s not bad, considering the market is in its infancy, with only a few stores open statewide.
The law, voters passed in 2012 to legalize pot, specifies that excise taxes of 25 percent are imposed when producers sell their product to licensed retail stores, and another 25 percent is imposed when shops sell to consumers.
All excise taxes due from the first day of sales Tuesday totaled $61,604. The figure dipped to $30,924 on Wednesday, and rose to $55,728 on Thursday, for a total of $148,256.
2 accidents this weekend sent 4 people to the hospital.
A three vehicle accident 9 miles north of Hoquiam on highway 101 sent three people to the hospital on Friday afternoon.
An 18 year old Aberdeen teen traveling north in a 1987 Toyota pick up, on State Route 101, crossed the center line and struck a 2009 Kenworth with a loaded log trailer, head on.
A 2002 Dodge Dakota pick up being driven by a 19 year old Montesano teen that was following, struck the Toyota, forcing it off the road.
The 38 year old Hoquiam man driving the log truck and the two teens were taken to Grays Harbor Community Hospital and the driver of the Toyota was air lifted to Harbor View Medical Center.
The Washington State Patrol says drugs and alcohol were not involved, the cause is under investigation.
The road was blocked for 5 and half hours.
Saturday morning, a DUI was the cause of an accident that sent a 41 year old man and his 2004 Chevrolet Malibu into a tree.
Early Saturday morning, around ½ mile north of Ocean Shores, the car left the road, striking the tree and totaling the car.
The driver was transported to Grays Harbor Community Hospital.
The Washington State Patrol says the cause of the accident was Driving Under the Influence.