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Jolee Johnson inside District 3 January 17, 2019, 1:13 PM

Are there areas where you would like to see King County government structured in a different way? If so, please elaborate below:
Our Residential Property taxes have increased steadily and astronomically since we built our home in 1994! Our last increase, last Summer was a whopping 30% increase! Our property taxes now exceed our Mortgage (yes...we still owe a mortgage payment in part because we have had to borrow on our home equity to get by) Our annual taxes are over $12,000! The last increase took our Monthly house payment up $240 per month!
This is unacceptable for two Seniors...both still working...and possibly never being able to retire if we wish to stay in our family,home.
We love our home...and built it ourselves in 1994. We feel panicked when trying to figure out how in the world we can afford to stay,here if we quit working.
Several other Seniors in our neighborhood feel the same way, and are in the same boat.
When I discussed this with my Representative Cathy Lambert who suggested we apply for Senior tax relief.
When I checked into this “tax relief” I found that in order to receive any tax relief, we would have to be living on or below the poverty level!! $40,000 combined annual incomes is the amount of income we must make in order to obtain relief! As you know, in King County the poverty level annual income is: $78,000!
Seniors are being forced from their homes...because of the High taxes in King County...with no where else to go in the area! This is totally unfair!



Does the King County government structure provide adequate checks and balances to ensure government is responsive and accountable to the public? If not, please elaborate below:
I do not feel that King County is in touch with the needs of the people in the County! Seniors need tax relief NOW! The income levels to obtain relief are way too low to be realistic in this area, and this economy! Cathy Lambert told me she is fighting for a more realistic annual income amount so the “average’ Senior Citizen couple living in King County can remain in their homes by providing a realistic income base...not below,poverty line... $40,000 combined annual income is now the criteria. Poverty level income in King County is now set at $78,000!!
Last Summer our property taxes jumped 30%!! $240 more per month is now what that increase has caused us to pay. This is unfair and unacceptable for people who have worked hard all their lives to stay in their homes, and live in their community. Just because our area now has real estate values that are in the million dollar price range...we are being priced out of our home with no where else to go! Please work with Cathey Lambert to make Senior tax relief realistic for all.


Does King County government structure provide transparency and accountability? If no, what would increase transparency and accountability?
It certainly does not! Our property taxes in King County went up by 30% last Summer! Where did that money go??
Why do I feel trapped by King County...with no place else to go but to stay in my home? I can not retire and live here because of,my property taxes!
This is a REAL Crisis for Seniors!


Do you feel local government services in King County could be provided in a more efficient manner? If so, how?
My property taxes are over $12,000 per year! What do I receive for this outrageous amount? I live on an unpaved road. I have no street lights. No sidewalks.
I am on a septic system. We have no gas energy...just propane. We have no bus transportation that would even begin to allow us to use public transportation!
When we make any complaints regarding fixing pot holes, providing better police presence, etc. we get no response. Really sad.


Please provide any additional feedback concerning improvements to the King County Charter.
Lower the income criteria for a Senior to receive tax assistance/ relief!

Janet Dobrowolski inside District 9 January 16, 2019, 10:50 AM

Are there areas where you would like to see King County government structured in a different way? If so, please elaborate below:
1. More representation for unincorporated areas of King County - on committees, on the council, etc. Too often, those in control take advantage of the unincorporated parts of King County because there is very little opposition to what they might want to do. Unincorporated KC residents do not have any say in what happens to their communities, except for one council member. 1 against 8 is a pretty tough way to oppose anything. This is how 1 area of unincorporated KC has had the misfortune of having the largest landfill, a huge composting facility, a Superfund Site, a construction debris landfill, and now a potential Asphalt plant located within 1 mile radius of each other. All surrounded by communities that can't fight "city hall", because we have NO SAY. Even 37 cities have a larger voice into what happens to the landfill than the residents that are adversely impacted by this toxic site.
Another example: KC Council thought it would be a good idea to charge a fee for utility use of road right of ways - this primarily impacted the unincorporated areas. Fortunately, the judge found it illegal, although KC is appealing the decision. Public opinion was ignored.
2. Public comments go nowhere. KC does it's legal responsibility to allow for comments, but then rarely takes them into consideration, many times putting corporate or special interests above public safety, health, and environmental considerations.
3. Solid Waste needs to be restructured into an integrated waste management system, where garbage, recycling, sewage, and composting fall under one organization with an expert in the field (that is open to new technology and innovative thinking) running it. These things are all related, not separate. Better decisions for all of it could be made if 1 division was responsible for all of it, assuming the right person was in charge.


Does the King County government structure provide adequate checks and balances to ensure government is responsive and accountable to the public? If not, please elaborate below:
No. KC Council members should have to recuse themselves from any decision that may involve companies they have taken "favors" or campaign contributions from or have some other vested interest in, if the company in question is applying for any permit or application that goes against the public health and environmental well being.. like an asphalt plant located within feet of the Cedar River and surrounding residents.

Permits issued within and across the departments....It is questionable when 1 county department gets permits (land use or health permits) from another county department. Are they really independent? Are they doing the requesting department a favor? When the health department continually grants permits to Cedar Hills landfill, when they continually violate the permit on a daily basis (the permit states odors are to be contained within the boundaries) then it becomes suspicious.....Would the health department continually issue permits for a restaurant if they continually violate the health standards or would the deny the permit?
It sometimes appears like the fox guarding the hen house, when govt agencies can issue permits to themselves or their "brothers".




Does King County government structure provide transparency and accountability? If no, what would increase transparency and accountability?
No. Certain agencies police themselves. King County solid waste does it's own testing for Cedar Hills Regional Landfill for odor content (actually there is no current analysis of the content of landfill gasses at this time), well water contaminates, etc. An outside, independent agency needs to do the testing.

Notifications for permit applications, land use changes, etc. need to have a wider distribution to the public. Posting signs in front of the property is not good enough. Notifications should go out to the surrounding neighborhoods that will be affected (and not just 500 feet from the property). Too often there are only a few public comments, primarily because people didn't know about it. It's a hidden way of slipping things by the public at large if as few people know about it as possible. They do their required posting of a sign and newspaper notification and that's all that is needed. Keep a low profile and they'll be able to get their project thru.....


Do you feel local government services in King County could be provided in a more efficient manner? If so, how?
Recycling is piecemeal. If KC is really intent on providing and increasing recycling, then do all of it. Don't have residents go to 5 different places to recycle 5 different materials. Having to go to multiple locations to recycle is a deterrent to recycling.


Please provide any additional feedback concerning improvements to the King County Charter.
KIng County's supposed belief in the Equity and Social Justice is a farce. They continually put the interests of corporations over that of the residents they serve. They need to understand they were voted in BY THE PEOPLE, not the special interests.

KC Council needs to provide at least 1 meeting a month that is NOT in the middle of the day, to allow for more public participation. It would be nice if this meeting could take place around the county - ie 1 month in north KC, 1 month in south KC etc, to give more people access to the county council.
Another option for the KC council meetings --- If there is a decision to be made on a project that may adversely affect 1 community, they should be required to hold a council meeting town hall IN that community before a decision is made. As an example: The council will be voting on whether or not to expand the landfill to 2040 --- they in no way should be able to vote on this expansion without hearing from the people affected. Have a meeting in the area to allow for more people to voice their opinion. Coming downtown in the middle of the day is just not an option for most people.

Ann Wahl inside District 3 January 16, 2019, 8:36 AM

Are there areas where you would like to see King County government structured in a different way? If so, please elaborate below:
More emphasis on providing quality services in our community without ever increasing taxes. Better traffic solutions. As a commuter into Seattle for many years, I think that bike lanes in the city are a total waste of time and money! Very few people ride their bikes to work in this hilly and rainy city and it makes no sense to build expensive roadways to serve so few. Plus traffic is a nightmare getting into and out of the city. Please look at more roads and solutions for commuters. Also, not all citizens in King County are wealthy. We need to provide services that are affordable and focus on those we really need such as police, schools and parks.


Does the King County government structure provide adequate checks and balances to ensure government is responsive and accountable to the public? If not, please elaborate below:
No. I believe that generally, they care more about special interests than they do their citizens. I do appreciate this survey though as it makes me think that at least some people want to know how they can best help citizens.


Does King County government structure provide transparency and accountability? If no, what would increase transparency and accountability?
No. More and more, it seems like KC wants to add more taxes for things that I do not believe help our county.


Do you feel local government services in King County could be provided in a more efficient manner? If so, how?
Not sure.

Karen Isaacson inside District 3 January 16, 2019, 8:17 AM

Does the King County government structure provide adequate checks and balances to ensure government is responsive and accountable to the public? If not, please elaborate below:
Recently, the Council passed an ordinance attempting to pass a fee to any users of rights-of-way, insisting that the County owns the rights-of-way. I wrote to my councilperson because I know that I own the right-of-way (having had an easement granted on my property, I know that the ROW is basically the same thing, in perpetuity, for the roads) and got nowhere. That's now in court (the County is suing local water districts to impose an unlawful fee. Not sure how, but someone in the County should be providing a check-and-balance on any idiocy that the Council decides to push...like maybe the County's lawyer ought to be consulted?


Do you feel local government services in King County could be provided in a more efficient manner? If so, how?
I live in unincorporated King County and I think I'm accurate in my estimation of the County considering us its stepchildren and ignoring us because we are not city-dwellers. I believe that focus is backwards; people in Woodinville proper have city resources to lean on in emergencies, while those of us in unincorporated areas are pretty much on our own. It would be nice to feel more like 'part of the family', as it were.


Please provide any additional feedback concerning improvements to the King County Charter.
Section 840 Antidiscrimination should be amended to include the statement that all County services will be provided with the same non-discrimination.

Bev Wennerlind inside District 3 January 15, 2019, 7:44 PM

Are there areas where you would like to see King County government structured in a different way? If so, please elaborate below:
More votes for the rural areas and not dominated by Seattle.


Does the King County government structure provide adequate checks and balances to ensure government is responsive and accountable to the public? If not, please elaborate below:
No, the rural areas are dominated by the Seattle liberals. We don't get much say in what goes on at all.


Does King County government structure provide transparency and accountability? If no, what would increase transparency and accountability?
Listen to the people in the rural areas more. The county just goes around changing our speed limits and passing zones. It makes it harder to get around. The government just comes out and the next thing we know the speed limit was lowered or the passing zones disappeared. No warnings no reports. The rural areas are where many people live and its not just a playground for Seattle.




Do you feel local government services in King County could be provided in a more efficient manner? If so, how?
Yes. I take donated bread and deserts to a Senior Center. These are donated by stores but the Senior center can not use any of this to feed the seniors meals. Donated food would cut way down on expenses. Another is how many people it takes to do a road job. We see way too many people standing around and watching. Then the county can't check blueprints and what was actually made to see that they match each other. This happened on the Tolt Hill bridge causing massive detours and then delays. You mean in all the inspections no one could catch this? Let the private sector do more and have competitive bids with no preferences to skin color or sex.



Please provide any additional feedback concerning improvements to the King County Charter.
Have less council people from the Seattle metro area and balance that with people from the rural areas. We have no representation when a vast majority are from the metro area and don't care about the rural area except to come out to play.

John Fisher inside District 9 January 15, 2019, 7:00 PM

Are there areas where you would like to see King County government structured in a different way? If so, please elaborate below:
I feel that the county need to focus more on trueky serving the people. Like in first responders and infrastructure maintnaince.


Does the King County government structure provide adequate checks and balances to ensure government is responsive and accountable to the public? If not, please elaborate below:
No it seems like seattle makes all the dessions.


Do you feel local government services in King County could be provided in a more efficient manner? If so, how?
Yes. More finacial responciblitg. Example of outcomes based programs.

Raymond Macey inside District 3 January 15, 2019, 11:26 AM

No responses yet.

Anjela St John inside District 3 January 14, 2019, 9:27 PM

Are there areas where you would like to see King County government structured in a different way? If so, please elaborate below:
Yes, less emphasis on programs enabling drug use in our communities and more staffing for cleaning up and removing homeless encampments. More law enforcement to address drug use & homelessness.


Does the King County government structure provide adequate checks and balances to ensure government is responsive and accountable to the public? If not, please elaborate below:
No. King County isn’t responsive to citizens being fed up with drug use and filth and crime associated with homeless encampments.

Mike Bainter inside District 9 January 14, 2019, 5:56 PM

Does the King County government structure provide adequate checks and balances to ensure government is responsive and accountable to the public? If not, please elaborate below:
Not in the dealings that I’ve encountered with the county.


Does King County government structure provide transparency and accountability? If no, what would increase transparency and accountability?
Serving it’s residents and not businesses.


Do you feel local government services in King County could be provided in a more efficient manner? If so, how?
Haha! Good luck solving this one.


Please provide any additional feedback concerning improvements to the King County Charter.
I look forward to moving out of King county and hope that the last few years that I’m here don’t become unbearable. It’s not looking to good though. Allowing an Asphalt Plant to be built 100’ from my family’s home and across the street from the salmon bearing cedar river will be the straw that breaks this camels back.

Donna Francis inside District 5 January 14, 2019, 5:54 PM

Does the King County government structure provide adequate checks and balances to ensure government is responsive and accountable to the public? If not, please elaborate below:
No, when sending a notice to anyone in King County and you get zero response this alerts me to how insignificant I am in the cogs of the wheel. You never really hear what they are doing and when you do it is a politician telling me what a good job he has done. Well how about asking me what I think? Again if I complain I am ignored.


Does King County government structure provide transparency and accountability? If no, what would increase transparency and accountability?
No tell me what you are spending your time on, what the plan is that you are considering and ask me what I think. I am not so happy to be told the mayor of Seattle has decided, blah, thus, King County follows blindly.


Do you feel local government services in King County could be provided in a more efficient manner? If so, how?
Tell us what’s going on or is that too much to ask?


Please provide any additional feedback concerning improvements to the King County Charter.
Again when the mayor of Seattle states the city will follow, blah, King County is not forced to follow blindly. Tell me how to interact, or is it a secret.