February 27, 2017

Auditor declines to show at commissioners session

By Kara McMurray Gazette Reporter

Hoping to discuss the county's plan to address state audit findings and recommendations made by the Government Finance Officers Association, county commissioners Tuesday invited Auditor Eunice Coker to a meeting in their chambers. “We're trying to move the process forward with the GFOA recommendations, and there's some steps that need to be taken in order to get the system up and all the departments communicating,” said Commissioner Dean Kinzer. The commissioners last month made the invitation to Coker to meet with them Tuesday this week, and she declined. They subsequently issued a second invitation, again for Tuesday, with the aim of eventually meeting with her on the first board meeting of every month to communicate the county's progress toward a clean audit and meeting the recommendations. The second invitation did not receive a response.

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Rosalia will try again on levy in fall

By Kara McMurray Gazette Reporter

The Town of Rosalia had the lone failing levy proposal in the Feb. 14 special election, with election night returns showing the street fund levy at approximately 54 percent approval. The levy needed 60 percent to pass. Rosalia Mayor Nanette Konishi told the Gazette the town will plan to try again on its levy in November. “We knew going in that there was a chance it wouldn’t pass,” said Konishi. “It’s always difficult to run a levy in February because you don’t get the same turnout you would in the November election.” The town chose to run its levy on the ballot alongside the Rosalia park and recreation and school levies in order to share costs for the election, as well as to be able to know ahead of budget planning for the next year that funds would be in place. If the levy had been approved, funds from it would not have been available until 2018.

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Agents cannot confirm Endicott wolf sighting

By Kara McMurray Gazette Reporter

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDWF) recently received a report of a possible wolf sighting in Endicott, but the department was unable to confirm the sighting. A report was received in January of two wolves being spotted in or near Endicott over the course of two days, with tracks observed and spotted in the snow.

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