In Brief: Blaine City Council

Public hearing held to discuss 2017 property tax proposal

Blaine City Council held a public hearing to discuss a property tax levy proposed for the coming year. Despite receiving no comments, the council decided to extend the hearing to their next meeting on November 14, the same day they are expected to take action on the item.

If approved, property taxes would increase by 1 percent to generate a total of $10,712 in additional revenue for the city.

A home valued at $250,000, for example, would see a $3.52 increase in taxes per year, according to figures presented to council on October 24.

Currently, 56 percent of property tax revenue is allocated to pay for the city’s street capital bond. An additional 18 percent goes to the city’s general fund, 14 percent is allocated for street overlay projects and 12 percent is allocated to street operations.

Boundary Fish, Inc. reaches agreement with the city

In a unanimous vote of approval, councilmembers agreed to authorize an agreement between the city and Boundary Fish, Inc. According to city officials, the seafood wholesaler was discharging waste out of a defunct outfall.

The agreement will allow for wastewater produced by Boundary Fish, Inc., located on Sigurdson Avenue in Blaine, to be treated by the city’s state-of-the-art Lighthouse Point Water Reclamation Facility, located on Marine Drive.

As a result of the agreement, the city’s wastewater fund will see an increase in revenue.

City council adopts a legislative agenda 

Councilmembers agreed to adopt a legislative agenda to highlight public policy priorities on a local, county and statewide level. City manager Dave Wilbrecht described the agenda as a platform for city officials to propel local issues into discussions with state legislators.

Issues presented on the agenda include improvements to the Interstate 5 exit 274 interchange, the relocation of the Vehicle and Cargo Inspection System (VACIS) stations, the new jail, freight and oil transportation safety and more.

“These are important subject matters for the city to consider,” Wilbrecht said.

The city hoped to finalize the agenda prior to an upcoming meeting with Washington state
Senator Doug Erickson on
October 27.

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