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NEWS  from Councilmember John Koster  February 9, 2010



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 John Koster
Snohomish County Council
3000 Rockefeller Ave., M/S 609
Everett, Washington 98201
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Barbara Chapman, Legislative Aide
Council Looks for Better Year in 2010

Snohomish County experienced very difficult years in 2008 and 2009.  We are hopeful that 2010 will be a building year toward a more prosperous future.  Due to the economic crisis in late 2008, the county made major budget cuts in the 2008 and 2009 budgets.  The County Council adopted a budget for 2010 that is extremely thin but avoided any new major cuts.  The Council will monitor finances in 2010 and will continue requiring monthly reports from each department.  Top priorities for this year will be centered around the economy and jobs.  The County Council established an Economic Task Force in July of 2009 to advise on economic and workforce concerns and to make recommendations on legislative measures that will result in measurable results in the local economy.  "Improving the local economy is something that the Council cannot do alone" said Councilman Koster, adding "the goal here is to enhance the lives of county residents through the best means possible."  The Task Force includes 2 council members, including the chair of the Finance & Economic Development Committee.


Councilman Koster Proposes Gun Law for Compliance with State Law

In a motion that would have brought Snohomish County in line with Washington state laws that allow concealed firearms at county parks, the Democrat majority on the County Council refused to give the motion a second.  The county's 1971 law prohibits bringing guns to the county's parks.  But the state passed a law in 1981 that prevented and pre-empted local governments from enacting local gun bans.  Washington State Attorney General, Rob McKenna has weighed in saying that the county law is not in compliance with the state law, which takes precedence.  Councilman Koster sponsored the proposed ordinance as a housekeeping measure to clear up confusion for park rangers and sheriff's deputies.  Koster said he was dismayed that he couldn't get a second for "a law that puts our code in compliance with state law."  The ordinance had a hearing on January 13th with eleven members of the public speaking on the issue.most spoke in favor of Koster's proposed law.  There has been a lot of interest in the issue and it may come up again.

Leque Island Plans

Five years ago, the proposal to set back the dikes on Leque Island were first brought to the public with the intention of restoring salmon habitat.  Now islanders are concerned that the levee removal and relocation planned for Leque Island, between Camano Island and Davis Sough, may contaminate the groundwater in the area's sole source aquifer.  The new concern is saltwater intrusion.  The plan to create a tidal estuary was developed by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and by Ducks Unlimited.  The plan is opposed by the Snohomish County Farm Bureau, the Island County Commissioners, the Camano Water Systems Association and the Juniper Beach Water Systems Association.  The opponents have asked for further studies to be done.  Councilman Koster has also asked the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to take another look.


John Koster's Business Roundtable


Don't miss the opportunity to listen to and interact with our state legislators from Snohomish County on Tuesday, December 15th at 7:00 - 8:30 am at the Monte Cristo Hotel, 1507 Wall Street, Everett.


Cost:  $25 per person.  Please RSVP Today to Cindy Brengman 425-397-7799 or e-mail:  [email protected]


Get your questions answered... find out what our legislators are planning for the upcoming legislative session


Councilman Koster's Business Roundtable

Will meet on Thursday, March 4th at 7:00 am at the Everett Holiday Inn (note new location).  Featured speaker will be Bob Williams of the Evergreen Freedom Foundation on the topic of Healthcare Reform.  Reservations: [email protected]  or call 425-397-7799 (Cindy)

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John Koster
Snohomish County Council