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News from Terry Ryan

April 2018

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

County Council holds evening meeting in District 4

On Monday, April 30, the Snohomish County Council will hold an evening meeting in the Mountlake Terrace City Hall at 6 pm.  The Council Chambers are located at 6100 219th Street SW in Mountlake Terrace.

I look forward to our annual meeting in my district.  Each meeting includes a public comment period.  Please come to share your concerns, ideas and suggestions as the County Council begins its 2019 budget process.

For additional information, please check the council web site at or call my office at 425-388-3494 or email me at

Property taxes 101

By now, everyone has received their property tax statement from the County Treasurer’s office. While most people knew the overall taxes would be higher due to Education and Sound Transit costs, most people were surprised at the amount of the increase.

Please note that Snohomish County Government did NOT raise the property tax rate for general property taxes for 2018. (We voted for a “0” % increase in our tax rate).

There are many different agencies in Snohomish County that receive a portion of our property taxes. Some common recipients include: State and Local Schools, the Cities and Towns where you live (or Unincorporated Snohomish County if you do not live in a city), SNO-ISLE Libraries, Regional Transit Authority (RTA), Road tax and Storm Water fees.

Depending on where you live, you may also be paying a tax to a Fire District, Hospital District, Parks and Recreation District, even a small percentage for the Ports.

Here’s a breakdown of the Property tax totals for Snohomish County (Information from the Snohomish County Treasurers website):

2018 Property Taxes Total: $1,366,824,342. The County collects the taxes, then distributes the taxes to all the recipients listed above. Here’s the distribution percentages Countywide (Note- each city/area may be slightly different)-

Local School Districts 40.40%, State Schools 24.62% (some of these were voter approved), Cities & Towns 9.64%, Fire districts 8.45%, County 6.85%, Roads 4.68% Libraries 2.91%, Regional Transit Authority 1.25%, Hospitals .8%, Ports .39%, Parks & Recreation .01%.

How do some of the cities compare to other cities and the County Average? 

Here’s a comparison of the 2018 Average Residence Assessed value, and 2018 average property taxes for each city versus the county average (Information from the Snohomish County Treasurers website)-

Columns- Cities/County / Average Residence Assessed Value (ARAV) / Average Taxes

Bothell           ARAV $433,500, Average Taxes $4,301.66

Brier              ARAV $497,700, Average Taxes $5,191.61

Edmonds      ARAV $527,900, Average Taxes $5,625.25

Lynnwood     ARAV $340,200, Average Taxes $3,922.40

Mill Creek     ARAV $478,700, Average Taxes $5,652.63

Mukilteo        ARAV $492,400, Average Taxes $4,641.07

Snohomish   ARAV $330,700, Average Taxes $4,489.98

Woodway     ARAV $1,317,400 Average Taxes $13,840.08

Sno. County ARAV $377,600, Average Taxes $4,360.07

I want to share this information with you so you can see and compare the impact of property taxes to each community. If you have a concern about your property taxes, look at where the money is going (See paragraph 3 above). If you are concerned about: The taxes for RTA and State Schools, contact your State Legislators. Taxes for Local schools, contact your local school board members. Taxes for Cities and Towns, contact your local councilmembers. Taxes for Fire Districts, contact your Fire Commissioners. Taxes for Snohomish County Government, contact me or the councilmember for your district. Taxes for Libraries, contact your SNO-ISLE Board of Trustees.

Snohomish County to save $18,000,000 with new solid waste contract

The County Council unanimously approved a new contract with Republic Services for transport and disposal of our solid waste.  The new contract will save Snohomish County approximately $18,000,000 over the life of the 10 year contract compared to the existing contract and contains substantial service upgrades.

As Chair of the Public Works Committee, I led the process for the County Council.

I’d like to thank Public Works Director Steve Thomsen, Solid Waste Director Matt Zybas and their staff and Council Analyst Jed Gonzales for their many months of hard work on this contract.  They were consistently concerned with getting the best deal for Snohomish County.

According to Matt Zybas, Solid Waste Director, “The County followed the process outlined in RCW 36.58.090. This process was open and competitive allowing for negotiations with Republic Services and resulting in the best decision for the County.

The new contract can be extended for up to two additional five year terms for a possible 10 year total extension.

I was honored to be asked to lead the effort by our County Council.  It is very rewarding to have such a great outcome for our citizens!

Community Transit

Station Construction Ready to Head South on Bothell-Everett Hwy. Bothell-Everett Hwy., Trillium Blvd. to 180th St.

Construction crews are ready to break ground for Swift Green Line stations located in Area 3 of the construction plan. Station pairs are planned on Bothell-Everett Hwy. at Trillium Blvd., 153rd St., 164th St., and 180th St.(see map and related article on reverse side).  Initial work includes saw cutting and general excavation, and will begin early next week at Trillium Blvd. and 153rd St. The work will be done either during the day between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. or overnight hours between 8 p.m. and 4 a.m.  Several local bus stops will be relocated or closed beginning on Monday, March 19.

128th/132nd St. (Area 2)

Station construction along 128th/132nd St. will require periodic single-lane closures next week for both daytime (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and overnight work (8 p.m. to 4 a.m.).

A single westbound lane may be closed at the intersections with 3rd Ave. and 16th Ave. One eastbound lane may be closed at 3rd Ave, Elgin Way/Dumas Rd. and 16th Ave.

The local bus stop on westbound 132nd St. and 16th Ave. has been relocated to a position about 270 feet of its original location.


The Snohomish County Department of Public Works advises motorists in the Bothell area of daily full road closures on 200 Pl SE, Harvest Rd and Filbert Dr.

Mar 26, 2018 through Jun 22, 2018, 9:30 and 2:15. (Lane closures 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)

June 25-August (start of school) between 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Then resume shorter hours for daily closures if needed when school begins.

Tapani Construction, working for Alderwood Water District (AWD) will begin work at 200 Pl SE at 13 Dr SE, then move west on Harvest Rd and Filbert Drive, to SR 524. Daily road closure hours are dependent on Northshore School District bus schedules. The detour route for each closure will be posted. Local access will be allowed for residents living within the closure areas.

Questions regarding traffic issues may be directed to Snohomish County Public Works, at (425) 388-6453 or search for “Roads Central” online at Questions regarding construction issues may be directed to Catherine Forrest AWD at 425-741-7982.

District Events:


Meet & Greet the Easter Bunny (No egg hunt)

Saturday, March 31st  12 PM - 3 PM

Location:  Country Village

Free Watercolor Demonstration by Elizabeth Kincaid March 31, 2018 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Saturday, March 31, 1-4pm: Join local teaching artist and author Elizabeth Kincaid at Tsuga Fine Art & Framing for a free demonstration of how she uses her unique masking and glazing technique to achieve luminous color and light. 10101 Main St, Bothell, WA 98011-3459  (425-483-7385)

Pacific Northwest AAU Karate District Championships is hosted by USA Karate Academy. The competition is an AAU sanctioned karate event. All competitors need to be an AAU member to compete. Top 16 athletes qualify for the 2018 AAU Karate Nationals & AAU Jr. Olympic Games. Divisions include Kata, Kumite, Kobudo and Team Kata. Awards are given to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place medals, outstanding athletes and outstanding support schools. Checkin begins at 8 am. Competition begins at 9 am. Ticket admissions: General admission 11 & up - $5.00; under 11 & 62+ years - $3.00.

  • 18218 North Road, Bothell, WA 98012
  •  (206) 440-5533


Traditional Egg Hunt

Saturday, March 31st  10 AM

Egg Hunt is open to children up to 10 years old.
Location:  Brier Park

Mill Creek

Eggstravanganza Egg Hunt 

Saturday, March 31st     10:30 AM - 12:30 PM 

Local families love to come together for this exceptional event featuring over 18,000 eggs spread out over multiple egg hunts. The event kicks off with face painting, balloon animals, music, fire truck tours, bounce houses, and even a special visit from the Easter Bunny. Each age-appropriate egg hunt will have special prizes hidden throughout which can be redeemed for prizes. This event happens rain or shine.

Tea Time Tee Time for Teens

Date and Time 

April 14 2018 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM


Mill Creek YMCA


The Mill Creek Library Teen Advisory Board is hosting a tea party for teens only. Join us at the Mill Creek YMCA for hot tea, cool treats, great conversation, and MINI-GOLF. 

13723 Puget Park Drive

Registration is REQUIRED as space is limited.


Mill Creek-Lil’ Kickers Open House April 21, 2018 1:30 PM - 4:40 PM

Lil’ Kickers invites you to join them on Saturday, April 21st & Sunday, April 22nd for their open house at Arena Sports Mill Creek. Free and open to the community, kids ages 18 months to 12 years will experience fun sample soccer classes with our high-energy coaches, while parents will learn more about Lil’ Kickers. RSVP to reserve your child's spot today! Walk-ins spots are available on a first-come-first-served basis.

Lil’ Kickers is an award-winning child development program that uses soccer to help children tackle important developmental milestones through age-appropriate and fun-filled activities. We inspire kids to be active, strong, confident and well-balanced in order to unleash their awesome both on and off the field. Walk-ins spots are available on a first-come-first-served basis.

  • 13500 Bothell Everett Hwy, Mill Creek, WA 98012
  • 425-341-7050

Mill Creek Free Salsa Dance Night 

Date and Time: April 27 2018 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM

Location: Newsroom, 800 164th Street SE, Mill Creek, Washington 98012

Description: Join world traveling dance teacher Matt Lopez with an informal and personalized introductory class on Salsa dance. Learn more:

Mountlake Terrace

Annual Mountlake Terrace Easter Egg Hunt

Date: Saturday, March 31

Time: 10 am

Location:  Evergreen Playfield, 22301 56th Ave. W

Who:  Open to children ages 2 – 12

What: More than 12,000 eggs filled with candy and other prizes will be hidden on the field.  Children must be accompanied by an adult


Annual Shriner’s Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, March 31st    11 am – 1 pm

Location:  Nile Shrine Center
                6601 244th St SW, Mountlake Terrace

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