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Marion Fiedler, left, and Gloria Wessel share laughs as they assemble sandwiches at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church on Oct. 17.
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City of Arlington Finance Director Jim Chase informs the Arlington City Council of the proposed 2014 property tax levy on Oct. 14, prior to the public hearing on Oct. 21.
ARLINGTON — The Arlington City Council will be conducting a public hearing on its revenue sources on Monday, Oct. 21, in the wake of its Oct. 14 workshop meeting which discussed setting the 2014 property tax levy. City of Arlington Finance Director Jim Chase reported on Monday, Oct. 14, that the city of Arlington’s general and EMS levies are being impacted by fluctuating property values, since the Snohomish County Assessor’s Office has determined the assessed value of property within the Arlington city limits has increased in value by approximately 4.5 percent. This would
lower the general property tax levy rate from $1.42 to $1.38 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, while the EMS levy, which is currently at the maximum rate of 50 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation, would decrease to approximately 48.4 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation. “The 2013 property tax levy is $2,453,331, and a tax increase of the maximum allowable 1 percent would add up to $24,533,” Chase said. “The assessed valuation of new construction was $17,220,300, and at the 2013 property tax rate of $1.42 per $1,000 of assessed value, that yields $24,450. So, when coupled with taxes on the assessed valuation of new construction — plus taxes from SEE REVENUE, PAGE 16
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ARLINGTON — Six years ago, Pastor Deena Jones of Arlington United Church was approached by a homeless person looking for help. It wasn’t the first time that someone in need had turned to the church for assistance during cold winter nights, but that didn’t make it any easier to turn him away. “There just isn’t anything available to help homeless people in Arlington and, as a pastor, I got tired of people coming into the church looking for help, and having to tell them, ‘I’m sorry, we can’t help,’” said Jones. “Even on the really cold nights we would call the police and they’d say, ‘Oh, well they’re out of luck. Tell them to try going down to Everett.’ Our main goal was, and has always been, to keep people from dying. To keep people from freezing to death in the cold.” Arlington Police Chief Nelson Beazley recently encouraged local businesses to purchase signs that would discourage people from giving money to panhan-