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October 23, 1974

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TOWN LEARNS TAX INCOME, DOWN COUNCIL TO BUY NEW BACKHOE The Town Council learned Monday that the as- sessed valuation of taxable real estate and person- al property in the Town of Lake Stevens is $8, 788, 688, a 6~0 gain durJ~ng the past year. How- ever, under the new taxing formula now being used throughout the state, the total of taxes to be levied for town use will be lower next year than they were this year by about 10%. Levied real es- tate taxes next year, for town use, will be only $29,661. 82. This year collection of taxes has been slower than expected. The town will probably be short a- bout $5,000 of the budgeted amount on real es- tate tax income and about $I, 000 on the town's share of gas tax money. However, the town's share of sales taxes will be about $I, 500 over the expected amount, leaving a net budgeted shrink- age of about $4,500. Under council direction, action is moving ahead on various sewer delinquents. Owners delinquent on sewer assessment payments No. I and 2 face legal action within I0 days; those delinquencies to tal $17,922. A total of $I, 427 is delinquent on monthly sewer charges and these people will be asked to pay a 10% penalty plus 8% interest plus any collection costs. As of Monday, only 5 homes remained unconnected to the sewer system. These people will have 30 days to connect. If they do not, the town will connect, take a first lien on the property and follow through to foreclosure unless full payment can be arranged. Unconnected homes are, of course, liable for monthly sewer charges dating from the time sewer trunks were installed and strangely, most owners of these properties have been paying the charges regularly. The Council authorized the Streets & Sewers Committee to move ahead on repair of 20th St. where underground movement of fill has caused a settlement. And it was decided to buy a new back- hoe at a cost of not more than $18,000; the money to come from the sewer construction fund. Coun- cilman Kluin held out for repair of the old back- hoe. On recommendation of the treasurer re-invest- ment was ordered on a number of funds now matur ing in treasury note investments. These were: $20,000 of sewer construction fund money in 30 day notes; $15,000 of street funds in 60 day notes; and $I0, 000 of special sewer construction funds in 90 day notes. The treasurer was authorized to call and pay off sewer bonds #100 through #107 to- taling $40,000. The council voted to join with other communi- ties in having the county act as a joint agent in an application to the federal government for funds to make a waste treatment area-wide study. Council, on recommendation of the planning commission, approved the 4-lot short plat of Jack Wheeler on the waterfront just west of 124th on East Lake Shore Drive. An ordinance approving P. V.C. pipe forsewers was passed. And a proposed ordinance concerning construction that would dis- turb roadbeds and care of same was referred to the streets committee to work out with the attor- ney. Marshal Morgan reported that he would increase the police force on Hallowe'en to protect trick-or, treaters and hold down vandalism. Dale Schwab has been employed on a 17-week training program in the streets department under an Employment Security grant. Because November 11 is a state holiday, the regular council meeting has been moved, by council action, to Monday, November 4th. LIBRARY STAGES PARTIES FOR TOTS The Lake Stevens Public Library is planning a ser- ies of four meetings at the Library for children ages 3 to 5. The series is titled "Picture Book Hour" and will be held from 10:30 to'll:00am on Tuesdays, Oct. 29th, Nov. 5th, Nov. 12th, Nov. 19th. These have been very popular with little people. Everyone has fun. GET FINES The Town has adopted a "get tough" policy toward vandals who wreck street s~ns. They will receive citations and be required to pay. When signs and post are destroyed the charge will be $30. When one sign only is damaged the charge will be $15. The program is now in effect and collections are being made. S HOOL LUNCH Oct. 28 - Nov. 1 NO SCHOOL Tuesday Wisner Roll-up, Green Beans, Vegetable Stick, Orange Quarters. Wednesday Beef Stew w/Fresh Veg- etables, Rolls w/Peanut Butter, Pear Half. Thursday Mashed Pot~atoes with Turkey Gravy, cranber- ries, Vegetable Stick, Bread w/Peanut Butter, Applesauce. Tuna Noodle Casserole, Cornbread, Green Salad, Fruit Cup. Milk with all meals. Downtown Lake Stevens next to Horsemea~ tLon corner ( U.S. POSTAGE PAID Sec. '34.46 P.L.&R. PIgIMIT NO. 7 Lake Stevens, Wash. RURAL or P.O. BOXHOLDER The Journal is now in its I4th year as a news- paper distributed free to every home in this community. Volume 14, Number 4I October 23, 1974 P.O.Box 128 I,ake Stevens,Wn. 334-1500 Shirley Zeller has opened a Plhnt Parlour in the corner building at 20th and Main, next to Hunt's Market. She has a stock of house plants, pots, hangers, knick knacks and stands. Open 10 to 6 Tuesdays through Saturdays. POLICE RESERVE'S BALL SATURDAY EVENING The Lake Stevens Police Reserve Officers As- soc ation is a volunteer group of commissioned officers (men and women) who donate their time to assisting the Town's Police Department. These officers buy most of their own equipment--uni- forms, etc (about $325 per person). Last year they logged in over 1200 hours of police work for the town. The reserves are striving to make their unit xnore professional and more effect- ire to the town by better and increased training requirements. The reserves do need some add[tiol~ al equipment such as portable radio units, invest- igation materials, etc This dance is one way of raising funds to purchase this equipment. Prizes for the drawing this year are: Ist prize $105. Beef Loin 2nd prize $ 50. Gift Certificate at Blooms 3rd prize Clock Radio Many other prizes donated by local merchants will be awarded at the dance. I, ocal merchants donating prizes this year are: Adams Hardware, Country Butcher Shop, The Plant Parlour, Home TV & Appliance, Fowld's Coin-Op Cleaners, Sharon's Sewing Center, Walt's Barber Shop, Frontier Styling Salon, Bill's Auto Repair, Verl's Chevron, Bloom's Department Store, Roaldson's Arco, Hitching Post Tavern, Frontier Village Restaurant, Mitchell's Pharmacy, The Lake Restaurant, Bill's Pharmacy, Everett Trust & Savings Bank, Coast to Coast Store and Razor's Edge Barber Shop. Tickets are available fromany Lake Stevens Police Officer, at the Town Hall or at the door.