County council approves 0.1% sales tax to fund affordable housing, behavioral health

  The Snohomish County Council Wednesday voted 3-2 in favor of adopting a 0.1% sales and use tax countywide to fund more affordable housing and behaviorial health services Beginning in April 2022, the county will collect $0.01 per $10 purchase. It is expected to raise approximately $116 million over the next five years. The five councilmembers…

County health officer Dr. Chris Spitters announces his departure next year

After 24 years with the Snohomish Health District, Dr. Chris Spitters has announced that he will step down next year. He has served as the county’s chief health officer since March 2020. “There is no work-related reason for my choice to resign from the health officer position, and I am not leaving for another role,” Spitters…

COVID-19 briefing: ‘Likely’ that Omicron variant already in Snohomish County

During Tuesday’s Snohomish County COVID-19 briefing, Chief Health Officer Dr. Chris Spitters told reporters that while the state’s three Omicron cases are in Thurston, Pierce and King counties, “it’s likely that it’s already here (Snohomish County). Spitters echoed what other COVID experts have said: that that the Omicron variant is transmitted more rapidly than the…

Snohomish County proposes 0.1% sales tax increase to fund affordable housing

Seeking more funding for affordable housing, the Snohomish County Council is considering a proposal to raise sales tax across the county by 0.1%. The measure could go into effect by the end of the year. Last week, the Snohomish County Council introduced a plan to raise the countywide sales tax rate to pay for additional…

Snohomish County Historic Preservation Commission grant open for applications

The 2022 Snohomish County Historic Preservation Commission Grant Program is open for applications. The grant program was started in 2009 with the purpose of funding and promoting historic preservation projects across the county to educate residents on the past. Applications can be submitted for any of the four categories: Public programming, capital improvements and equipment,…

County seeks public’s ideas on updating comprehensive plan for growth management

Snohomish County is asking for public comments to help develop its 2024 Comprehensive Plan update. The county is currently gathering feedback to assist with creating an overarching vision statement and also regarding the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) scoping process for the environmental review portion of the update. The county’s population is estimated to experience an…

Snohomish County invites public input on affordable housing, community development needs

Snohomish County invites all interested persons to provide their ideas on local community needs for affordable housing, public facilities, infrastructure, public services and economic development projects to be funded with 2022 federal grant funds, as well as provide input on 2020 grant performance. Snohomish County, in consortium with 19 cities and towns within the county,…

Snohomish County seeks marine resources committee members

Snohomish County’s Marine Resources Committee is seeking up to three members. The deadline for applications is Dec. 6. The committee is focused on protecting and restoring the marine and estuarine environment of the county. Members should be eager to learn about marine conservation, participate in science-based research, and contribute to policy recommendations on marine issues. Those…

Snohomish County committee approves updated districting plan

The Snohomish County Districting Committee unanimously approved, at its Nov. 17 meeting, making some minor adjustments to two Snohomish County Council district boundaries. Every 10 years, the boundaries of county council districts and other political boundaries are updated using the latest U.S. Census data to reflect how populations have changed. Part of District 2, which…

Girlfriend of Edmonds man shot in 2018 files lawsuit against sheriff’s deputy

The girlfriend of a 24-year-old Edmonds man who was shot and killed by a Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office deputy in 2018 has filed a lawsuit in Snohomish County Superior Court, alleging she suffered post-traumatic stress disorder and other injuries as a result of the shooting. The lawsuit, filed Nov. 15 by Brittany Jakobsen, said that…

Edmonds resident announces campaign for Snohomish County Prosecutor

Snohomish County Chief Civil Deputy Prosecutor Jason Cummings announced Thursday he will be running for Snohomish County Prosecutor in the 2022 election. Cummings has spent nearly 25 years at the Prosecutor’s Office, serving as Chief Civil Deputy for the last 14 years. The announcement comes just days after Prosecutor Adam Cornell, also of Edmonds, announced…

Sen. Cantwell pays a visit as Meadowdale Beach Park reopens temporarily to public

With beach access now temporarily reopened to visitors, U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell paid a visit to Snohomish County’s Meadowdale Beach Park Thursday for an update on the estuary restoration project taking place there. The project will restore a historic 1.3-acre estuary to provide essential rearing habitat for chinook, chum and coho salmon as well as…

Updates to Snohomish County’s Paine Field Airport Master Plan are underway

Snohomish County is updating the Paine Field Airport Master Plan. The team has created an online open house and will host a webinar Nov. 9 so community members can learn more about work completed so far and where the plan is headed. Residents will also have an opportunity to communicate with the project team directly….

Committee seeks public input on county council districting map based on 2020 census

Area residents will have their final opportunity to comment on the proposed boundaries of Snohomish County Council districts for the next decade. The Snohomish County Districting Committee will take public testimony during its Wednesday, Nov. 10 meeting at 6 p.m. regarding the submitted districting plan for changes to council district boundaries. Public comments can also be…

Public hearing Oct. 27 on proposed Snohomish County Council district map changes

The Snohomish County Districting Committee is hosting another public meeting at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27 to discuss updates to county council district boundaries. Members of the public can attend virtually or in person to learn more about draft map proposals and submit public comment on redrawing council districts. Every 10 years, county council district…

Snohomish County Public Works advisory committee on ADA issues seeks new members  

Snohomish County Public Works is looking for new members for its Americans with Disability Act (ADA) Advisory Committee. The committee provides feedback for ADA compliance of pedestrian facilities in the public right-of-way. The committee has been providing feedback and recommendations to the county on the ADA compliance of pedestrian facilities in the public right-of-way since…

Tougher vaccine mandates coming from state, county executive warns

New vaccine mandates are coming to Snohomish County – not just to business, but to city governments, organizations, even non-profits – to any workplace that employs more than 100 people. That’s a key takeaway from the county’s Tuesday COVID briefing. New federal guidelines already mandate vaccination at businesses of more than 100 employees. The state…

Reminder: County committee seeks public input Sept. 22 on preliminary council district maps

The Snohomish County Districting Committee has released preliminary draft council district maps based on the 2020 Census data.  The Districting Committee wants to hear from the public regarding how the draft maps impact communities of related and mutual interest. Maps are designed to serve as a springboard for committee discussion and public input. The next…