Stephanie Wright appointed to National Association of Counties committees

Snohomish County 3rd District Councilmember Stephanie Wright has been appointed to serve on a several committees and commissions for the National Association of Counties during the 2019-20 year. The 3rd District includes the cities of Lynnwood and Edmonds. Among Wright’s appointments are the International Economic Development Task Force, Large Urban Counties Caucus, Veterans and Military…

Residents invited to apply for county’s new Climate Action Advisory Committee

Snohomish County has a new Climate Action Advisory Committee, and county residents are invited to apply. Membership on the committee will include representatives from environmental advocacy groups, local businesses, youth, educational institutions and underserved community members who may be disproportionally effected by climate change impacts. The committee will provide recommendations about policies and practices to…

League of Women Voters announces upcoming candidate forums

The League of Women Votes of Snohomish County has announced the following upcoming candidate forums: Snohomish County positions Oct 7 at 6 p.m.: Snohomish County Campus, 3000 Rockefeller Ave., Everett. Sponsored by LWVSC and Snohomish County Elections and Voter Registration and featuring candidates for Snohomish County Council Positions 2 and 3 and Snohomish County Auditor, Sheriff…

Paine Field earns Salmon-Safe certification 

Snohomish County-owned Paine Field Airport has been certified Salmon-Safe for its long-running efforts to maintain water quality and natural habitat that supports the biological needs of salmon. Paine Field is the third airport in North America to receive such a designation. “Earning Salmon-Safe certification is a huge accomplishment for Snohomish County. I’m thankful and proud of everybody…

New webcams at transfer stations aim to save customers time

Snohomish County’s Public Works Solid Waste Division is implementing new initiatives to make customer trips to recycling and transfer facilities a little more efficient and timesaving. “Our new campaign, called More Time for Other Things, enables residents to spend less time at the dump and more time… well, doing anything else,” Solid Waste Operations Supervisor…

 Snohomish County Council recognizes Orca Action Month 

On Monday, June 17th, 2019, the Snohomish County Council passed Resolution 19-030, recognizing the month of June as Orca Action Month. The council joins area civic and advocacy groups in encouraging all residents to focus their attention on the plight of the fragile Southern Resident community of orcas, to honor and celebrate their presence in…

County holding public hearings this week on funding for housing, community development

Snohomish County is hosting three public hearings this week to obtain input on how federal funding will be used for housing and community development needs over the next five years. Hearings are sponsored by the City of Marysville, the City of Everett, the Everett Housing Authority, the Housing Authority of Snohomish County, and Snohomish County…

Snohomish County 2019 homelessness count shows more people living without shelter

The Snohomish County Human Services Department Tuesday announced the results of its Point-in-Time (PIT) Count of people experiencing homelessness — and it showed that more people than ever are living without shelter. The annual PIT Count was held on Jan. 23, 2019. This survey was supported by the efforts of 288 volunteers, plus county and…

Snohomish County Tomorrow seeks community members for steering committee

The Snohomish County Tomorrow Steering Committee has openings for two community members. Volunteers must be residents of Snohomish County. They would attend monthly steering committee meetings (6 p.m. on the 4th Wednesday of the month) and contribute to discussions on growth policies. The steering committee is composed of elected officials. It reviews recommendations from other…

Snohomish County conducting survey on aging

The Snohomish County Human Service Department has launched an online public opinion survey seeking ideas and concerns from residents regarding long term care and aging programs and services in the county. he public survey will be available throughout the month of April 2019 and will close on May 15, 2019. “As we develop programs to…

County property taxes due by April 30

The Snohomish County Treasurer reminds residents that property taxes are due April 30, 2019. Payments must be received or postmarked by April 30 to avoid interest and penalties. “Our public safety system, schools, roads and other essential functions all depend on the timely payment of property taxes,” said Kirke Sievers, Snohomish County Treasurer. “We’d much…

Snohomish County seeks public comments on draft housing and community development plan

Snohomish County has released a draft affordable housing and community development plan for the Snohomish County Urban County Consortium. The plan proposes spending of more than $5.7 million in federal grant funds to improve housing options and living environments for those in need. A public hearing about the plan will be held on Friday, April…

Heidi Percy announces candidacy for Snohomish County Clerk

Heidi Percy, a 22-year veteran of the Snohomish County Clerk’s Office, has announced she will run for the position of clerk. “I know firsthand the important role the Clerk’s Office plays in the judicial system and in an effective county government,” Percy said in announcing her candidacy. “After more than two decades serving in our…

County Councilmember Brian Sullivan to run for county treasurer

Snohomish County Councilmember Brian Sullivan has announced he will run for county treasurer. Sullivan, who said he has worked on budgets across many levels of government, is running to replace incumbent treasurer Kirk Sievers, who is term limited. “I’ve always worked toward creating a Snohomish County with strong fiscal health and great services that taxpayers…

Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers says he will seek re-election

Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers said Tuesday he will seek re-election to a second term in 2019. In his announcement, Somers — a Democrat who previously served on the county council — said he has made restoring fiscal discipline to county budgeting, increasing the efficiency of county government, establishing commercial air service at Paine Field,…

Snohomish County sues pharmaceutical companies over their role in opioid crisis

The Snohomish County Council voted unanimously Monday to file a civil lawsuit against the makers and distributors of Oxycontin and other opioids for ignoring criminal activity that played a role in the county’s opioid crisis. The lawsuit — which has the support of the Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney, Snohomish County Executive and Snohomish County Sheriff— was filed against…

Snohomish County Airport Commission to meet Jan. 24 in Everett

The next meeting of the Snohomish County Airport Commission will be Thursday, Jan. 24 from 6-8 p.m.at the Skykomish Room, Robert J. Drewel Building on the County Campus – 3000 Rockefeller Ave., Everett. The commission serves as an advisory board to the county executive on the following matters at Paine Field Airport: Reviews and recommends updates…

Election 2018: Proposition 1 would fund replacement of aging emergency radio system

Proposition 1 on the November ballot asks Snohomish County voters to approve an additional 1/10th of 1 percent sales tax (10 cents on every $100) to fund replacement of the aging Snohomish County Emergency Radio System (SERS). The proposition is the result of Ordinance 18-037 passed by the Snohomish County Council earlier this year. The…

Snohomish County Council sets citizen budget forum for Oct. 15

The Snohomish County Council is holding public meetings and budget forums as part of its efforts to review the Snohomish County Executive’s 2019 recommended budget. On Monday, Oct. 15, at 6:30 p.m., the Snohomish County Council will host a Citizen Budget Forum in the Jackson Board Room, 3000 Rockefeller Ave., Everett; 8th floor of the…

Week-long survey shows increase in opioid overdoses compared to 2017

Opioid overdoses are up compared to last year, according to a seven-day survey by the Snohomish Health District. The district, in partnership with the Snohomish County Opioid Response Multi-Agency Coordination group, completed the seven-day survey from July 9-15. In that time, 57 opioid overdoses were recorded, two of which were fatal. Forty were saved using…