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Council acted in advance of Prop 1 County asking all residents to support measure geared to Metro Transit By Kevin Hanson Senior Writer

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The city of Enumclaw has made its position clear regarding Proposition 1, but local voters still have nearly a week to make their feelings known. King County’s Proposition 1 is on the April 22 ballot, meaning voters have until Tuesday to get their ballots stamped and in the mail. The ballot measure provides an interesting convergence of big-city and suburban priorities with rural skepticism. In Seattle, Bellevue and other places where gridlock is

See PROP 1, Page 4

City has already acted to provide money for local roads

Suspecting that King County officials would create a Transportation Benefit District and seek to hike license tab fees, the city of Enumclaw beat them to the punch. Members of the Enumclaw City Council, acting as the local TBD, implemented a citywide fee increase of $20 in February. The measure is winding its way through the Department of Licensing, but will be on the books as of September, according to City Administrator Chris Searcy. So, what scenarios face Enumclaw resi-

dents? • If Prop 1 fails, Enumclaw motorists will pay the new tab fee of $20, as implemented by the local council. When the current Metro fee of $20 expires, there’s no net increase. The additional revenue will be used strictly for city street maintenance, but will not meet current demands. • If Prop 1 passes, Enumclaw motorists will pay the new, local $20 increase, plus the $60 increase mandated by Prop 1 (minus $20 when the current fee goes away). Additionally, the sales tax increase of a tenth of a cent will be implemented

See ROADS, Page 4

Dispute boils in Black Diamond

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Weather

By Eric Mandel and Dennis Box

Today brings clouds and a 30 percent chance of rain showers, with a daytime high of about 60 degrees. Showers persist through Sunday with daytime highs possibly into the lower 60s and overnight low temperatures dropping into the lower 40s. Thursday looks to be the wettest day of the week.

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on Harding Street in Enumclaw Saturday morning. Lucas Olsen windsup to throw Play ball! sonafterFieldsnagging a grounder and Andrew Schneider, 5, throws to third.

Cash Marcum, 4, takes a cut during the Green Machine team T-ball practice at Bob Nel-

The honeymoon between Black Diamond Mayor Dave Gordon and the City Council officially came crashing down amid a flurry of public allegations, accusation and acrimony. The dispute soared past the boiling point after the mayor alleged two council members came to his office and demanded his resignation and threatened his job, marriage and reputation if he did not step down. One of the council members present denied a threat was leveled, stating the council members were offering advice on the possible repercussions to his job, family and reputation if he did not resign. Gordon, who had no previous experience as an elected official, took office Jan. 1 after a 68 percent landslide victory over former Mayor Rebecca Olness in the November general election. Among Gordon’s main campaign issues was his opposition to the two YarrowBay master planned developments in the city. Minor disagreements on policy and procedures were apparent between the mayor and City Council early in his term, but the backroom hostilities broke into public view at an April 3 council meeting. The council approved a resolution at the meeting authorizing Councilwoman Carol Benson, who is

See DISPUTE, Page 9

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