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News from Terry Ryan

December 2017

Terry Ryan's eNewsletter

Terry Ryan

Snohomish County Council
3000 Rockefeller Ave., M/S 609
Everett, Washington 98201
 8th floor, Robert J. Drewel Building 
Phone: 425-388-3494


Pam Pruitt, Legislative Aide

Holiday Thank You!

Christmas is a time to cherish and give thanks to all those who bring so many blessings to our lives. Thank you to all of the wonderful volunteers in our county, cities, churches, charitable organizations, food banks and youth leagues who make Snohomish County a great place to live. Our county is truly a better place because you chose to get involved and make a positive difference in others’ lives!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone! Be safe, have fun, spend time with your family and friends. May God bless you and your families!

County Budget Passes

The County Council passed our 2017 Budget on November 21st with a unanimous 5 - 0 vote.  

Budget Highlights:

  1. We were able to pass a fiscally responsible, balanced budget without a property tax increase.
  2. We invested in Public Safety by providing funding for 5 additional Deputy Sheriff positions. This was my number one priority that I set for the budget last April. 
  3. $1 million dollars from REET II funding source for a new Homeless Housing Project.
  4. Added nearly $900,000 to the general fund balance increasing liquidity and the fiscal health of our county.
  5. $150,000 added to our Rainy-Day Fund.
  6. $100,000 added for nuisance property abatement. These funds will be used to clean up abandoned houses and remove abandoned vehicles.
  7. $100,000 for the Snohomish County Health District to increase their response to the opiate addiction and treatment.

To recap the process, the Executive presents their recommended budget to the County Council in September. The Council can pass the budget as is, amend it, or rewrite its own budget.

A major difference between the two budgets was the Executive’s budget proposed a property tax increase of 4% (to the Snohomish County portion of the property tax bill).

Council’s preference was to try to arrive at a “0” % increase in the property tax. This meant we had to cut $3.6 million dollars out of the Executive's recommended budget. That’s a difficult thing to do since we did not want to cut public services.

Some of the initial proposals to cut $3.6 million included pushing major expenses out a year or two. That particular proposal would have actually increased the cost of those expenses by 30% in higher maintenance costs and higher purchase costs.

By working together, along with our legislative analysts, we were able to deliver a budget we could all support. While it took an extra week to get it done, the extra effort was worth it.

Thank you again to the County Council’s analysts who worked diligently on the budget and provided accurate information which made all this possible. Thank you also to the County Council’s Chief of Staff, Clerks and Admin team. It is an honor working with you!

Proposed 2018 CT Budget

community transit


Community Transit continues to deliver on its promise to provide more service, more often, to more places. That is evident in the Proposed 2018 Budget (PDF). 

The Proposed 2018 Budget allocates agency resources to strategic priorities, including those initiatives to support service expansion, and ensures adequate reserves to protect customer services in the event of an economic downturn.

This budget proposal projects a 9 percent increase in sales tax revenue over 2017 while expenditures will grow at 5.5 percent.

Funding will go towards:

  • New bus service, more buses, and more employees to drive and maintain those buses.
  • New capital projects, most notably the Swift Green Line between Bothell/Canyon Park and Boeing/Paine Field.

An ambitious capital program that includes:

  • Purchase and delivery of 32 new buses, including 6 Double Talls, as well as 84 vanpool vans (54 replacement and 30 expansion) and 15 DART paratransit replacement vehicles.
  • Construction of 34 Swift Green Line stations and road improvements.
  • Completion of the Seaway Transit Center and 128th Street widening project.
  • Work to upgrade the agency’s wireless communication system.
  • $10 million set aside for future base expansion to meet service expansion needs. 

The Proposed 2018 Budget assumes operating revenue of $184 million, including operating expenses of $142 million and $42 million for capital projects.

Community Transit Key Facts

(figures represent numbers at the end of 2016)

10,248,842 passenger boardings in 2016

  • Average weekly ridership:     36,580
  • Average Saturday ridership:  11,706
  • Average Sunday ridership:      7,208

27 local routes, 22 commuter routes, 6 Sound Transit routes (operated under contract)

  • 81% of weekday bus boardings occur on six major corridors
  • 66% of weekday boardings occur during peak hours

Service area:  1,305 square miles

Service population:  585,616

23 Park & Ride lots with 9,468 spaces

15 Park & Pool lots with 486 leased spaces

585,616 revenue service hours

40% of Snohomish County residents who work in downtown Seattle commute by bus.

Everett School District Mobile App is Here!

Everett Public schools

The mobile app offers a constantly updated feed of district news and events with photos and links to the district’s website. Users can customize the app by selecting the schools they are most interested in for news and updates. Users can also choose to receive push notifications to get breaking news, updates about school closures, calendar changes, and can translate content into their native language.

Parents, guardians and students can log in to the app to get student-specific information including:

  • grades and test scores
  • bus route information
  • checked out library items
  • communications preferences
  • attendance and class schedules

This free mobile app can be downloaded to a smart-devices from iTunes or from Google Play app stores. Or search for "Everett Public Schools" in your app store.

District Events


Tree Lighting Festival
Sun, 12/3/2017

Bothell Tree


Bothell's Tree Lighting Festival on Main Street between 101st St NE and 102nd St NE

Date: December 3, 2017

Time: 4:45PM - 7:00PM

Celebrated as the world's largest living Christmas tree in 1962 by Life magazine, the tree will once again be lighted at 5:00PM. Main Street will celebrate with a Holiday Festival of activities, refreshments, and an appearance by Santa and holiday characters.

Holiday Events at Country Village

23718 Bothell Everett Hwy
Bothell, WA 98021

Live Reindeer
Fri, 12/1/2017 to Mon, 12/25/2017

live reindeer

Visit two of Santa’s live reindeer throughout the entire holiday season. They are located between Keepsake Cottage and The Pet Place.  Stroll the grounds filled with beautiful twinkling lights and wonderful lit displays.

reindeer 2

Santa's Workshop
Fri, 12/1/2017 to Sun, 12/24/2017

santa workshop

Come enjoy Santa’s Workshop featuring on the spot photos with Santa by Arthur & Associates. You’ll love the cozy atmosphere and quality photography done on the spot – NO reservations necessary. Santa's hours are as follows:

  • December 1st-December 14th: 10am-7pm Monday thru Saturday &11am-6pm Sunday.
  • December 15th-December 23rd: 10am-8pm Monday thru Saturday & 11am-6pm Sunday.
  • December 24th: 10am-5pm

Snowflake Creation Station
Fri, 12/1/2017 to Sat, 12/23/2017



Come to our Snowflake Station in Country Village to make a fun creation, holiday ornaments and more at our FREE craft station. Join us every Saturday from 10am to 4pm throughout the holiday season.

December 2nd: Paper Garlands

December 9th: Pinecone Tabletop Trees

December 16th: Ornament Making

December 23rd: Dancing Finger Puppets

Santa Arrgh-rival, A Pirate X-Mas
Sat, 12/9/2017

Pirate Santa


Steer your ship to Country Village on Saturday evening, December 9th for the second annual Santa Arrgh-rrival, A Pirate X-Mas. The Pirates of Treasure Island will arrgh-rive at 7pm in the center parking lot on their famous pirate ship, The Buccaneer Queen. Santa will walk the plank and light the Jolly Rodney, The Country Village pirate ship, located in the center courtyard.  Live music from 5-8pm.

Cookies with Mrs. Claus
Sat, 12/09/2017 to Sun, 12/10/2017

Mrs. Clause


Experience the enchantment of the season! As the Village glows under thousands of twinkling lights, Mrs. Claus will be giving out cookies to children at The Chic Boatique from noon to 3pm on Saturday and Sunday. Parents and kids alike will love collecting annual cookie recipes from participating shops to add to their collection. This is a free event for children of all ages!

Fun with Frosty
Sat, 12/16/2017 to Sun, 12/17/2017



Meet Frosty the Snowman and his friend, Hippity Hop the Rabbit, from noon to 3pm both Saturday and Sunday at Country Village. 

Enjoy a magic show at noon, participate in fun & games at 1pm and make a winter craft project with Frosty at 2pm. This is a free event for children of all ages! 



Brier Annual Tree Lighting
Sat, 12/2/2017

Brier Santa


Join us at Brier Park for some carols with The Brier Elementary Choir and for the lighting of our community holiday tree. Hot chocolate, cookies and candy canes will be provided. Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive at 6pm. There will be a food drive for Concern for Neighbors Food Bank.



Santa's Coming to Town
Sat, 12/2/2017

santa town


Your whole family is invited to join in the fun on December 2nd at the Mill Creek Town Center as Santa comes for a visit in the Santa’s Coming to Town Event.  Festive events will start at 2pm throughout the Mill Creek Town Center.  All Aboard!  Free train rides for kids are sponsored by First Financial Northwest Bank.  Train rides will run from 2-6pm at the north end of the Town Center.  Dramatic holiday readings will take place at the University Book Store at 2pm.  ReAct Theatre performs holiday classics in this annual story time tradition!

Bring your camera and take pictures with Santa at the Atrium from 2-3pm.  Look for fun activities for the kids at Artisan Custom Framing, Boston’s Restaurant, Spotted Cow Coffee Company, Magic Mirror Comics and other merchant locations throughout the Town Center.  You will find crafts, story time, a photo booth, a balloon artist, and more.  Pick up a program of all the activities at Town Center merchant locations.

The Santa Parade down Main Street will start at 3:30pm.  Joining in the parade will be dance companies, local kids' groups, fire trucks and more.  Also, be on the lookout for the Grinch!  After the parade and tree lighting at City Hall, it is time to take a ride in a horse drawn carriage.  The free carriage rides are sponsored by Absolute Mortgage and will run from 4:30-6:30pm.   Many locations including Windermere and Kate’s Gifts are providing treats and hot chocolate during the Santa’s Coming to Town Event.  The fun continues from 5-7pm at the University Book store with a Harry Potter themed holiday party!  Come dressed in your Yule Ball best for wizarding music, refreshments, photo ops, and activities.

The events conclude that evening with a Christmas Concert with the band Cherry Cherry.  The Mill Creek Town Center Christmas Concert is sponsored by North Creek Roofing and Deanna McCulloch, broker with Windermere Realty, and will be held from 6-8pm at the Forum.  Bundle up and put on your dancing shoes for a fun night of Christmas music in our last concert of the year!

Santa’s Coming to Town Events:

  • 2-3pm Pictures at the Atrium with Santa
  • 2pm ReAct Theatre Holiday Reading at the University Book Store
  • 2-6pm Free Train Rides for kids sponsored by First Financial Northwest Bank
  • 3:30pm Santa Parade begins
  • 4:00pm The County Council passed our 2017 Budget on November 21st with a unanimous 5 - 0 vote.  
  • 4:30 – 6:30pm Free Carriage Rides sponsored by Absolute Mortgage
  • 5-7pm Yule Ball at the University Book Store
  • 6-8pm Free Cherry Cherry Christmas Concert at the Forum sponsored by North Creek Roofing and Deanna McCulloch, Windermere Realty

Mill Creek Chorale Holiday Concert
Sat, 12/2/2017

chorale group


Lynnwood High School Theater
18218 North Road
Bothell, WA 98012
Cost:  $15 Adults, $10 Seniors, $10 Students,
           under 10 - FREE
Times: 3PM, 7PM

The Mill Creek Chorale, an 85-member adult community choir based in Mill Creek, presents its fourth annual holiday concert.  A Mill Creek Chorale Christmas will feature sacred and secular choral music that is sure to inspire us all in the spirit of the holiday season!  Songs Include: It's Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas, O Little Town of Bethlehem, See Amid the Winter's Snow, A Christmas Song, Winter Wonderland, A Musicological Journey Through the 12 Days of Christmas.



Tree Lighting Ceremony
Fri, 12/1/2017


The Tree Lighting Ceremony is held annually on the first Friday evening of December at 6:30pm at Evergreen Playfield, 22205 56th Avenue W. 

Thanks to our Tour de Terrace volunteers who serve cocoa, coffee and cookies at the Evergreen Playfield concession stand while local school children sing carols. The “tree”, which can be seen from miles around, is actually a frame constructed with 1,800 LED lights and sits atop the city’s water tower.

MLT Kids

Experienced attendees know that Santa will make his grand entrance on a fire truck! Guests should dress warm and wear boots if the weather is wet because it is a dirt field.

The Tree Lighting event is funded through sponsorships and the 2016 event was sponsored by Vineyard Park of Mountlake Terrace. The event is free to the public, however cash donations will be accepted at the concession stand for the Michelle Ringler Youth Recreation Scholarship Fund. Since 2002 the Fund has helped over 400 children register for recreation programs at the Mountlake Terrace Recreation Pavilion.

The Tree Lighting Ceremony brings our community together with holiday spirit. For more information, please call the Recreation Pavilion at (425) 776-9173.

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