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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Special election today for some local governments throughout Washington

A number of jurisdictions across Washington State are concluding special elections today to determine the fate of several ballot propositions.

If you live in a city, county, or special district that is holding an election (you can check by visiting the website of your county auditor), please don't forget to drop off your ballot at the post office or at a collection site if you haven't already.

In King County, the City of Black Diamond and Skykomish School District each have levy propositions on the ballot.

Voters in South King County, meanwhile, are being asked if they'd like to merge the City of Kent's Fire Department with King County Fire Protection District #37 to create the Kent Fire Department Regional Fire Authority.

To the north, the Whatcom Transportation Authority is asking taxpayers to approve a slight increase in the sales tax to prevent potential deep cuts in bus service. Walla Walla's Valley Transit is doing the same to the east of the Cascades (there are also several school levies and a hospital district levy on the ballot in different parts of Walla Walla County).

Unless you're in Pierce County, you vote by mail, so if you have a ballot lying around in a stack of mail next to the telephone, or buried under some newspapers, dig it out, mail it in, and do your civic duty.


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