Enumclaw Courier-Herald, October 23, 2013
October 23, 2013 edition of the Enumclaw Courier-Herald
SEE INSIDE: Wally’s World | Page 6 . . . . Centennial | Page 13 . . . It’s A Spirited Season | Page 26 Find us on facebook Your hometown newspaper for more than 100 years! Wednesday, October 23, 2013 | 75 cents Views...................................Page 6 Pets......................................Page 8 Sports.................................Page 11 Obituaries.........................Page 17 Classified...........................Page 18 WEBSITE | Check the website for breaking news and weather updates. www.courierherald.com Look inside... Enumclaw City Council candidate debate Editor’s Note: City Council candidates for positions one, three, five and seven responded to three inpaper debate questions presented by the editorial department and columnist Rich Elfers. The candidates are : Position No. 1 Morgan Irwin. Pamela Harding has withdrawn although her statement is in the voter’s pamphlet. Position No. 3: Mike Sando and Shelby DeVol. DeVol did not send answers. Position No. 5: Tom Mann and Juanita Carstens. Position No. 7: Hoke Overland and Sean Krebs. Question 1: Are you willing to raise taxes to fix our streets? (This can be done using councilmatic bonds and not going to the public for a vote.) Overland: I’m a fiscal conservative and I am not in favor of raising taxes without first letting our citizens have a voice. Hoke Overland While going doorto-door with my campaign, I have heard many residents say they want our streets fixed. As your councilman, I would propose that we put this matter before the voters. Within the city we do have a Transportation Benefit District but this board has very limited choices. Instead, we should ask the voters to consider raising city sales tax by 0.2 percent (just 2/10 of 1 percent), or ask for a license tab fee increase. If we pair the additional revenue from either of these choices with grant money, we could make the necessary repairs and maintain our streets. Councilmatic bonds would require the city to have a surplus in the general fund to pay off the debt—unfortunately, the city’s budget is very tight and we do not have a surplus. Krebs: I’m not willing to raise taxes to fix our streets without a vote from the people. As I’ve stated publicly, the citizens of Enumclaw deserve a say in having their taxes raised. There are a number of ways to raise funds to fix our streets, including taxes, bonds and user fees and the most significant would involve a property or sales tax increase. Before making such an increase, I would have to see at least an advisory vote from the people that they were in support of the tax Sean Krebs increase. Earlier this year, the council formed a Transportation Benefit District (TBD), which I have a leadership role in. The purpose of the TBD is to prioritize street projects and identify appropriate funding mechanisms. My position with the TBD is consistent with the position I’ve had in the nearly 12 years I’ve been on council – citizens should have See COUNCIL, Page 3 Fire commission 28 debate: Part V Sports Roundup Page 11 Weather The forecast for today, Wednesday, predicts cloudy skies with highs to 54 and lows to 43. Thursday‘s forecast is partly sunny with highs to 56 and lows to 43. Friday through Sunday calls for sunny skies with highs to 60 and lows in the mid 40s. Editor’s Note: Angela Stubblefield and Elbert Reed are running for Fire District 28 Commissioner Position No. 2. The two candidates agreed to an in-paper debate. This is the final installment and includes a rebuttal and closing statements. Editorial question: The candidates rebutted last week’s answers to the following question: If you believe firefighters are paid too much, how much should they be paid and how do you propose to roll back salaries as a commissioner when the fire board is dealing with a legally binding contract? If the firefighters’ salaries are appropriate, will these salaries be sustainable? Contact Us! Main Desk 360-825-2555 News ..................................ext. 3 Retail Ads .........................ext. 2 Circulation ........................ext. 1 Classifieds................... ext.7050 Elbert Reed Angela Stubblefield A young visitor to Maris Farms enjoyed riding around in style Sunday afternoon, pushed through the patch with a load of pumpkins. Maris Farms, on Sumner-Buckley Highway, is one of several seasonal attractions drawing good crowds this month. Others include Thomasson Family Farm in Enumclaw and Farm Fresh Produce between Buckley and Bonney Lake, along with Buckley’s Fright Factory. Photo by Kevin Hanson Count the number of turkeys for a chance to win 1 of 5 Smoked Turkeys from OLSON’S MEATS! Hunt theTurkeys PLAY ALL THREE WEEKS! CONTEST Reed: Ms. Stubblefield demonstrates her lack of knowledge of standard human resource management practices regarding wages and benefits. 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