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Watch Mason County Commission

[LIVE VIDEO] Watch the April 23, 2019 Mason County Commission meeting. There are three ways to watch live at 6 PM: hcc.net/news, MasonWebTV.com or Mason County’s website (co.mason.wa.us.) You can also watch on demand on hcc.net/newsMasonWebTV.com or Mason County’s website: co.mason.wa.us. Rebroadcasts on Hood Canal Communications’ local channel are Thursday at 6 PM, Saturday at 2 PM and Sunday at 9 AM.

Here is the meeting’s agenda:

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County Unemployment Drops in March

After increases in November, December, January and February, Mason County’s unemployment rate dropped in March. According to the Washington State Employment Security Department, the County’s unemployment rate last month was 7.3 percent. That’s down seven-tenths of a percentage point from February’s revised rate of 8 percent but a half percent higher than the March 2018 rate of 6.8 percent.

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Setting Salaries for Elected Officials

[VIDEO] The Mason County Commission plans to increase the salaries of other county elected officials. The question is what is the best method to be fair and equitable especially when it comes to the Sheriff.

In 2016, the Auditor’s, Assessor’s, Clerk’s, Coroner’s and Treasurer’s salaries were amended to 95% of the highest paid Mason County Commissioner and the Sheriff’s salary was increased to 22% above the Elected Official’s salary.

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Bill Addresses Homeless Teens

Governor Jay Inslee is ready to sign a bill addressing a little-known aspect of Washington’s homelessness crisis: Homeless children on their own. Dan Frizzell from the Washington State House Democratic Caucus has more.

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Public Safety Sales Tax Moving Ahead

[VIDEO] The Mason County Commission is moving ahead with plans to ask voters to approve a three-tenths of a percent Public Safety Sales Tax. This increase in sales tax is estimated to general $1.3 Million in additional revenue for Criminal Justice purposes only. The funds would be split between the County and the City of Shelton. Under state law, 60 percent of the funds go the County and 40 percent goes to the City. During a briefing Monday morning, the County Commissioners voiced support with placing the measure on the August Primary Ballot.

Although not required, the County Commission will be scheduling a public hearing on placing the measure on the ballot for May 7th.

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Candidate Workshop Tuesday

A reminder: The Mason County Auditor’s Office is holding a Candidate Workshop on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Elections Department at 411 N. 5th Street in Shelton.

This is a great opportunity for anyone who is thinking about running for office this year. The workshop will include information about: open positions, filing for office, election deadlines, candidate statements, sign regulations and requesting voter information.

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Bill Proposed by 5th Graders Passes

A bill proposed by 5th graders from Shelton’s Bordeaux Elementary has passed both houses of the State Legislature. Substitute Senate Bill 5028 declares September as the Month of the Kindergartner, encouraging elementary schools to celebrate young students as they begin their lives in education.

The bill unanimously passed the Senate February 26th and unanimously passed the House on April 17th behind the efforts of Bordeaux students Ethan R., Graysen R., and Anthony P., with help from their teacher, Mary Clift.

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State Highway Construction 4/21 to 4/27

The following is a summary of road construction and maintenance scheduled on state highways around Mason County and adjacent areas from April 21, 2019 to April 27, 2019.

Maintenance

Highway: SR 119 Region: Olympic County: Mason Location: Milepost(s) 0.8 to 10.9
Description: One-way alternating traffic with flaggers as utility crews replace lines.
Work Schedule: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each weekday through Wednesday, May 1.

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National Guard Pay for Wildland Fire Response Increased

National Guard members are getting a pay increase when fighting state wildfires, thanks to a new law. House Bill 1137 updates the state active duty compensation statute to a rate consistent with Department of Natural Resource rates for Guard members called to state service for wildland fire response. The Governor signed the bill this week.

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House Finance Committee Approves New Taxes

Majority Democrats gave little notice before holding an executive session Friday morning in the House Finance Committee where they approved billions of dollars in new and increased taxes. Washington House Republicans’ John Sattgast reports from the state Capitol.

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