Local races and levy results are mostly in; Fire District 4 levy remains close

Douglas County voters turned out for the Nov. 6 mid-term election at a rate of 56.66 percent, according to the Douglas County Auditor’s Office website. By the afternoon of Nov. 9, the office had counted 93 percent of ballots.
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Council moves forward with 2019 budget process

The Waterville Town Council at its Nov. 5 regular meeting held public hearings regarding the ad valorem tax and the preliminary budget for 2019.
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Cost of living increase provides certainty for Social Security recipients, veterans

Every calendar year, Social Security Administration (SSA) automatically calculates the Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for beneficiaries based on the consumer-price index, which measures changes in the price level of a defined set of consumer goods and services purchased by households.
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East Wenatchee property tax levy hearing to be held

EAST WENATCHEE — The East Wenatchee City Council will hold a 2019 regular property tax levy public hearing during the Nov. 13 regular council meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the East Wenatchee City Hall Council Chambers, 271 9th St. N.E. The following will be discussed during the hearing: ? Ordinance 2018-17 authorizing the regular property tax levy to be collected in 2019, and authorizing any...
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Douglas County PUD Commission meeting report

Douglas County PUD Commissioners Molly Simpson and Aaron J. Viebrock executed the following actions during the Oct. 22 commission meeting held at the district’s East Wenatchee office: Approved acceptance of work and final payment to ABB, Inc. under contract 17-26-D, supply and deliver two 115kV breakers to the Lone Pine Substation. All work under the contract is complete and meets bid...
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Cemetery District No. 2, Fire District No. 4 ask for levy increases

There are two local levy measures on this November’s ballot. One is a levy of $0.29 per $1,000 assessed property value for Douglas County Cemetery District No. 2. The other is a levy lid lift of $0.97 per $1,000 assessed property value for Douglas County Fire District No. 4.
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I-1631 costs too much, does too little for climate change

By Vicki Malloy Guest columnist Ballots have arrived in the mail and voters now have to decide on matters like Initiative 1631, the energy tax initiative. You may be feeling the urge to “do something” for the environment. After all, we live in one of the most beautiful places in Washington state. But the research into I-1631 shows it would cost farmers, families and small businesses a lot...
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Community learns about project

Waterville Mayor Royal DeVaney and staff hosted an open house Oct. 15 for the community to learn more about the upcoming Walnut Street Reconstruction Project.
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Town awarded $50,000 for street repair

The town of Waterville has received some money to help pay for emergency street repairs made on certain streets and intersections this month.
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Duvall elected to statewide board for county officials

WATERVILLE — Douglas County Auditor Thad Duvall was recently elected to an at-large position on the board of trustees of the Washington Association of County Officials. Duvall, one of three trustees elected, will serve a two-year term. The election of the trustees as well as 2018-2019 executive officers took place at the association’s 60th annual conference and business meeting held Oct....
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