Hearing on vehicle fee, Stevens-Swedish partnership before Edmonds Council

The public will have its say Tuesday night on a proposal to place on the November election ballot a measure that would ask voters to approve a $40 annual increase — from $20 to $60 — in the motor vehicle licensing fee that Edmonds residents now pay. Proceeds from the fee would be used to support 37 separate traffic and pedestrian safety projects in Edmonds.

The Edmonds City Council will hold a public hearing on that issue Tuesday night. Immediately following the council meeting, at approximately 9 p.m., the council will reconvene as the Transportation Benefit District Board to decide on the ballot language for the measure, pending council approval to place the $40 increase on the ballot.

Also on the council agenda:

– An update from Mike Carter of Stevens Hospital and Cal Knight of Swedish hospital regarding the proposal affiliation between the two hospitals.

– A continued public hearing on the 2010 Water System Comprehensive Plan Update.

– A public hearing on the Edmonds Planning Board’s recommendation to increase the number of permitted permanent signs in business and commercial zones.

– Presentation and potential action on a recommendation from the City’s Economic Development Commission to partner with the University of Washington Green Futures Lab for development of special district plans for the Five Corners and Westgate commercial centers.

– A second quarter update on the city budget.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers, located in the Public Safety Complex at 250 5th Ave. N. A complete meeting agenda can be found here.

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