North Mason Community Voice

Board: Lee Swoboda, Kaye Massie, Gerry Morrow, Jack Kimball, Linnie Griffin, Valerie McLeod, Bob Harris

Directors not present: Ken VanBuskirk, Judy Scott, Beau Bakken, Danielle Skeeters-Lindsey

Attendees: 17

After a public hearing for Mason Transit's 6-year development plan, the business meeting was called to order at 7:26 PM by Chair, Lee Swoboda, with a quorum of the Board present.

The Pledge of Allegiance was said.

Secretary's Report – Gerry Morrow

• Approval of the August 26 meeting minutes.

Jack moved to approve the minutes, as distributed via email, with changes. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

Treasurer's Report - Jack Kimball

• All bills are paid and there is $1,352.42 in the bank account.

Bob moved to approve the Treasurer's report. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

The books were reviewed by Kaye Massie and Paulette Cady and were found to be in excellent condition.

Public Information Officer (PIO) Report – Ken VanBuskirk

Ken is at a Planning Advisory Committee meeting. Lee and Bob Harris gave an update on the Belfair Sewer Advisory Committee and Linnie Griffin reported on the recent historical walk at the cemetery on Sand Hill Road.

Business meeting adjourned at 7:38 PM.


GUEST SPEAKER: Drew MacEwen, 35th Legislative District representative. (houserepublicans.wa.gov/drew-macewen.)

* The last legislative session was 153 days long. Special sessions have been the norm, not the exception. Part of the reason for the extra sessions is because the revenue forecast comes out in late March. MacEwen proposed a bill to get the revenue forecast released in February so legislators would have more time to study.

* Business and Occupation tax increases did not pass, but the Legislature passed an estate tax this year.

* The Universal Service Fee on telephones is going away on the federal level. The state legislature decided to collect that money instead, supposedly to keep rates down in rural phone companies. In addition, cell phone companies have to collect the tax too. MacEwen voted for this.

* The Washington State Constitution requires a balanced budget. The legislature approved and the governor signed it with just 12 hours to spare (it had to be in place by June 30).

* The legislature held the line on taxes.

* MacEwen serves on four committees, and was recently appointed to the Boeing 777X Legislative Task Force, with the goal to put forward legislation to encourage Boeing to expand and retain jobs in Washington State.

* Funding increased $1 billion for K-12 public schools. MacEwen advocates letting local districts control their own dollars.

* The state transportation budget is very big, with over half of the money going into King County.

* Legislators earn $42,000 per year. Special sessions cost $90 per day per legislator. Some, like our 35th District representatives and senator, choose not to take the money allocated to them for the special session.





Meeting reports/Upcoming meetings/For the Good of the Order

County Assessor Melody Peterson reported that property values are stabilizing. The assessor's office is very close to being in compliance with the state's calendar. They are also moving from paper maps to electronic maps. Assessor web site: co.mason.wa.us/assessor/index.php

Sheriff Casey Salisbury brought copies of the first-ever report of the sheriff's office. The 32-page document provides residents of Mason County details of how their Sheriff’s Office operates and the challenges that his agency faces every day. No public funds were used to create and publish this report. It is posted on-line at so.co.mason.wa.us/documents/Mason%20Co%20Sheriff%27s%20report%207-26-13%20web.pdf.

October 29 is the 5th Tuesday meeting of the county commissioners.

Next meeting Monday, October 28.

Meeting adjourned at 8:26 PM.

Submitted by Gerry Morrow, Secretary. Approved by NMCV Board 10/28/2013.