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Councilmember John Koster  August 18, 2008



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 John Koster
Snohomish County Council
3000 Rockefeller Ave., M/S 609
Everett, Washington 98201
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Phone: 425-388-3494
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Barbara Chapman, Legislative Aide

Community County Budget Forum Sept. 3

The county council is holding a series of community forums to take public testimony on the council's county budget priorities for the 2009-2010 fiscal biennium.

Residents of the First County Council District are invited to attend and speak at the Sept. 3 forum to be held at the Stillaguamish Senior Center, 18308 Smokey Point Blvd., Arlington. The forum begins at 6:30 p.m.

The County Council has identified "Sustaining and Enhancing the Quality of Life for Snohomish County Residents" as the over-arching theme for development of the 2009-2010 budget - emphasizing transportation and infrastructure improvements that will keep the county moving; maintaining safe, healthy and affordable communities; and working to secure the public's trust in its government through the delivery of quality services in a manner that is both fiscally responsible and financially sustainable.

See the entire county council budget priorities document: MOTION NO. 08-485 - Stating the Priorities of the Snohomish County Council for Deliberation and Decisions on the 2009-2010 County Budget and Requesting Information from the County Executive.

August 21 -- September 1
Celebrating 100 Years of Fun!
 For completed event and
 concert information visit the
The Evergreen State Fairgrounds
14405 179th Ave SE
Monroe, Washington
The Evergreen State Fairgrounds are located one mile west of Monroe, WA; 14 miles east of Everett, on US2; about 30 miles northeast of Seattle via I-405 & SR 522. See Map of the Fairgrounds.

Snohomish County and Wal-Mart Launch Expanded Effort to Save Energy with Efficient Light Bulbs

Snohomish County, in cooperation with Wal-Mart Stores, has launched an expanded program to encourage the use of compact energy and cost-efficient fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs). Wal-Mart Stores recently donated 4,000 CFLs to the county, allowing many more low income residents to receive these efficient light bulbs.

The county's Human Services Department will distribute the bulbs through its Energy Assistance and Weatherization Programs that served over 5,000 local households during the 2007-2008 heating season. Senior Services of Snohomish County will also be distributing the CFL bulbs to its Meals-on-Wheels and Minor Home Repair clients.

"Wal-Mart's contribution is especially timely and much appreciated," said County Councilmember John Koster. "The Snohomish County PUD has provided CFLs for our Energy Assistance Program clients for many years, but the greater numbers of people seeking assistance with heating and lighting bills has increased the need to provide even more CFLs than in the past. Wal-Mart's generous donation will get us through the rest of the year."

 CFLs use 75% less energy and last 10 times longer than traditional incandescent light bulbs. CFLs last from five to seven years. Because they produce less wasteful heat, they also stay cool to the touch after use. Installing a single CFL can prevent 450 lbs. of greenhouse gases from reaching the air. Lighting accounts for 20 percent of the average home's electric bill. By changing the light bulbs in an average house, a homeowner may save as much as $350 per year.

Please Recycle CFL Bulbs

Because of these light bulbs contain very small amounts of mercury (about 5 milligrams), CFLs should be recycled. Fluorescent bulbs and tubes are not accepted as garbage, but Snohomish County residential customers can take limited quantities of fluorescent bulbs and tubes (up to 12) to Snohomish County Solid Waste facilities. There is no charge. Residential customers may also bring used fluorescent bulbs, tubes and lamp ballasts to the county's Household Hazardous Waste facility located at 3434 McDougal, Everett. An information sheet describing the recycling requirements will be distributed to every bulb recipient.

For more information on CFLs, see the Snohomish County PUD and Wal-Mart Facts websites.
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John Koster
Snohomish County Council