NEWS

2020 property tax statements arriving soon

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- Tax bills will soon be arriving in mailboxes across Skagit County. After a significant reduction in 2019, 2020 will bring increases for most taxpayers. These increases are largely a result of state legislation. Property tax bills reflect a property's share of State, County, and other district taxes. Except for the State tax, all property taxes are budget-based and limited to an increase of 1 percent per year, plus an allowance for new construction. However, changes in taxes for individual properties vary, depending on that property's change in value. Other increases may only come in the form of voter-approved levies. The     (read more)

Transportation Commission to focus on future funding, autonomous and electric vehicles, ferry fares

(OLYMPIA)– Topics related to the future of the transportation system are on the Washington State Transportation Commission’s meeting agenda for next week. Discussions will include recent federal guidance on the advancement of autonomous vehicles, capabilities of our electrical grid to accommodate continued growth in electric vehicles, addressing future funding needs, and possible ways to simplify ferry fares in the future. The transportation commission will hold its monthly meeting starting at 9 a.m. both Wednesday, Feb. 19, and Thursday, Feb. 20, at the Transportation Building, 310 Maple Park Ave. SE, on the Capitol Campus in Olympia. The meeting is open to the public     (read more)

Presidential Primary Student Mock Election opens for all Washington K-12 students

(OLYMPIA)— In conjunction with Washington state’s upcoming presidential primary in March, Secretary of State Kim Wyman has launched a special Student Mock Election for students to learn more about the state’s presidential primary. The Mock Election will run through March 10, and is a non-partisan educational event that teaches youth how to become informed voters. Students will have an opportunity to vote for the candidate they believe should receive the Democratic or Republican parties’ nominations for U.S. president. Votes will be cast on real paper, just as adult voters do throughout Washington. Ballots and tabulation sheets are available     (read more)

No aircraft carrier-based flight training operations scheduled to occur next week

(NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND)- There are no aircraft carrier-based flight training operations scheduled to occur at Ault Field and the Outlying Landing Field (OLF) in Coupeville, Wash., the week of January 27 – February 2. People living in local communities should remain aware that the aforementioned operations are not the only operations out of NAS Whidbey Island, particularly at Ault Field, which is a 24-hour-a-day operational facility. There are many other training evolutions that people may hear. However, the aircraft carrier flight training operations are types of operations that involve lower altitude flight training in close vicinity to the airfield. Both runways at     (read more)

Avalanche risk closes SR 20 in Newhalem

(NEWHALEM)– Due to the avalanche risk along State Route 20/North Cascades Highway, the Washington State Department of Transportation closed the highway east of Newhalem at 8 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 23. The warming temperatures and intense rain that followed heavy snow Wednesday created the hazard. The highway is closed at milepost 121; it will remain closed until the risk subsides. Based on the forecast, WSDOT anticipates this closure will last through the weekend.     (read more)

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