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One of the most important roles of the County Council is the adoption of the annual budget for Snohomish County. Our budget currently exceeds $1 billion, which pays for services ranging from public safety and elections to roads and parks. The budget determines the level of revenues we will c…

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As we approach the holiday season, we naturally look forward to celebrating the people and traditions that are dear to us. In some cases, this year we may need to tweak the way we do things to protect the health of loved ones. Yet as the Marysville community has shown time and time again, I …

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Civic engagement is one of the cornerstones of our society and is essential to our representative form of government. Decisions best reflect the values of the community when there is a high degree of public participation. In this month’s column, I will discuss some of the ways you can get in…

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We all know that great things are often accomplished as a result of teamwork, rather than ‘going it alone’ as they say. That is certainly true when it comes to local government and our ability to work together with our neighbors. That is why I am excited about a new effort to collaborate mor…

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Building on the city’s strong track record of project delivery, I am proud to report that we are completing important city infrastructure projects on time this summer. This is important to resident taxpayers, commuters, businesses and visitors. 

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As we look toward economic recovery following the COVID-19 shutdown, one of the focuses of our efforts is around workforce development. Ensuring that we have appropriate workforce training programs is essential to the strength and resilience of our economy. The Regional Apprenticeship Pathwa…

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The social and economic devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has necessitated action by every level of government to help individuals and businesses. Funding passed at the federal level has made its way to the local level for appropriations. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic S…

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Arlington Mayor Barb Tolbert has invited a group of diverse business leaders to join an Arlington Economic Recovery task force to create a framework to reestablish the economy and work force in Arlington, and to identify any obstacles. This committee is part of a city-wide effort to identify…

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In the several weeks since COVID-19 reached our community, so much has changed. School buildings, government offices and many businesses are closed. Many people have lost their jobs or had hours cut back and face uncertain times. Meanwhile, adults may be working from home while also caring f…

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The COVID-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented social and economic disruption in our communities, state, and nation. As we continue our work to limit the spread of the virus, we must begin to look to the future and how we will recover economically. That is why I joined County Executive Dave …

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Arlington has a long and well-deserved reputation for neighborliness.  In today’s reality of Stay Home, Stay Healthy, I get calls and emails every day from residents sharing heart-warming stories of neighbors helping each other, helping local businesses, helping our healthcare organizations.  

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As the Marysville/Tulalip community comes together to respond to the COVID-19 virus threat and physical restrictions to help limit the spread of the virus, we are encouraged by the resilience of our residents and many examples of community partnerships to help those most in need. 

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In addition to the work of adopting policies and budgets for Snohomish County, we as Councilmembers are involved in advocacy to our legislators at the state and federal level. As representatives closest to the people, we bring the concerns of our communities to our state and federal partners…

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The Census is a self-portrait of the nation, counting everyone living in the country once in a decade. The Constitution mandates the Census, and it is our duty to complete the survey and be counted.

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In February of each year, the County Treasurer sends out property tax statements. These bills are a culmination of the multiple taxing districts that each property lies within. In this month’s column, I will review the process for setting the various tax rates and highlight some of the impac…

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March is Women's History Month, commemorating and celebrating the vital role of women in American history. This is a good opportunity to recognize some influential women in our Marysville Tulalip community history and thank them for their contributions. 

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February is American Heart Month. We encourage individuals and families in the Marysville Tulalip community to explore ways to live healthier. That can range from learning about diabetes to increasing physical activity and supporting families. Healthy minds and hearts are the key! 

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Each January, the Snohomish County Council elects its leadership for the year. As you may know, I served as Vice Chair of the Council in 2019. At our first meeting of the year, I was elected by my colleagues to serve at Chair of the Council for 2020. I am humbled by the trust they have place…

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As busy as 2019 was for the City of Arlington, it is hard to imagine that 2020 could be any busier. Yet, it looks like that is going to hold true. Here’s a quick look at what’s ahead for plans and projects in the new year.

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It would be easy to blame the Puget Sound Partnership’s failure to clean up Puget Sound on a lack of leadership, funding and meaningful authority to control pollution, but the truth is that we are all to blame.

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This past year at the City has been busy, exciting, and filled with accomplishments. I am proud to share just a few of these accomplishments in some of our key focus areas.

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With the new year comes a new legislative session beginning Jan. 13. Your Marysville-Tulalip community leaders regularly meet with elected officials in Olympia about state funding priorities. Here are some highlights for 2020 and beyond.  

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Workforce shortages in the construction and building trades have become ever apparent with a red hot building market in the Puget Sound region. Fewer young people are joining the trades and, when they are, it typically is not until they are in their late twenties. This represents a decade of…

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During this holiday season, I reflect on the things I am most thankful for. Primarily among them is our dedicated, involved community. Arlington, at its heart, is a community of engaged residents that take time out of their busy lives to make this community thrive. We are so blessed to have …

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On November 12th, the Snohomish County Council adopted its first $1 billion budget. In this month’s column, I will highlight how that money is appropriated and where the revenue comes from. 

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Families in the Marysville Tulalip community have many free and inexpensive ways to celebrate the holiday season. As you look forward to the festive season ahead, be sure to mark your calendar for one or more. Wishing all in the Marysville Tulalip community a joyous holiday season! 

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Each fall, the Snohomish County Council adopts the County budget for the following year. By County Charter, the County Executive proposes a budget to the Council. Right now, we are considering Executive Somers’ proposed budget for 2020. 

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The timber industry has long been an integral part of our local economy and community in Snohomish County. The timber trust lands managed by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) were committed many years ago to support local infrastructure projects. Counties, schools, f…

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Reducing waste is a top focus of the Snohomish County Council. There are multiple ways we have been working to reduce or eliminate waste in our county. The first is in our annual county budget, where we strive to increase efficiency by stretching your tax dollars to ensure that you are getti…

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As our region’s population continues to grow, policy makers at all levels are focused on planning for the future growth that is anticipated and the challenges that come along with it. Snohomish County and its cities are currently in the process of updating our long-term growth strategies. Th…

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The Cascade Industrial Center (formerly known as the Arlington Marysville Manufacturing Industrial Center) received its official designation from the Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) on Thursday, June 27th. The action approved the Cascade Industrial Center (CIC) as a regional Manufacturin…

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Every two years, the State Legislature meets to adopt a biennial budget. This year they met and approved the 2019-2021 operating, capital, and transportation budgets. Snohomish County and its partners lobbied the legislature to make important investments in our county and we were very succes…

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Access to high speed broadband internet has become increasingly important in today’s dynamic and changing world. From commerce to communication, so much of our lives depend on reliable internet access. While most urban residents enjoy high speed internet, many residents in rural areas do not…

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Warmer days and the closing weeks of the school year have us thinking ahead to family-friendly events and activities to keep young bodies and minds busy. Fortunately, the Marysville community has much to offer for a variety of interests.

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South of the Marysville city limits lies one of our community’s natural assets, the Qwuloolt Estuary. (Qwuloolt means “marsh” in Lushootseed, a language spoken by Puget Sound Salish tribes including Tulalip.) It’s the place where the Snohomish River meets the Puget Sound. This transition zon…

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In each annual budget, the Snohomish County Council allocates money to be spent on local parks and community projects throughout the county. These projects are mostly funded by REET (Real Estate Excise Tax) and various grants. In the 2019 budget, $2.7 million was allocated for projects in Di…

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With Daylight Saving Time and spring just around the corner, we’re excited to step up our activity levels and embrace all the health and wellness activities the Marysville Tulalip community has to offer. Here’s just a sample. 

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With the recent federal government shutdown and partisan gridlock taking priority over doing the people’s work, Snohomish County elected officials continue to work together on a productive and bipartisan basis. In this month’s column, I will highlight some of the good work being achieved in …

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As the days steadily warm in February, the New Year has us refreshed and ready to get to work on new projects. The City of Marysville, the Tulalip Tribes, and the Marysville School District are all working hard on many economic development projects to help improve our neighborhoods, schools,…

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Forget about learning? I know that sounds like strange advice coming from a teacher, but think about this: Have you ever tried looking at a faint star in the night sky? If so, you know that gazing directly at it will cause it to disappear. It is only by looking a little off to the side that …

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Snohomish County, along with the other 38 counties in Washington State, provides local and regional services to its residents. Many decisions about the County are made locally by the County Council and other elected officials. However, other decisions are forced down to the County from the s…

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Happy New Year, Marysville Tulalip community! We appreciate serving residents, families, visitors and businesses year-round. Let’s reflect on highlights of last year’s accomplishments and look ahead to 2019.

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On Monday, Nov. 19, the Snohomish County Council adopted the 2019 budget. The budget reflects North County values of fiscal responsibility and prioritizing public safety. 

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As we approach the holiday season, shorter days, the school break, and begin to prepare for a new year, it is a good time to pause and reflect. At the Marysville School District, we begin thinking about first-semester student grades and attendance, but academics are not the only thing that i…

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In last month’s column, I provided a breakdown of the total property taxes collected by the County Treasurer and how those dollars are allocated by various taxing authorities (school districts, local governments, etc.) In that article, I shared that of the $1.4 billion collected in total, th…