South Kitsap: The Week in Review

What? A New Utility Bill?

The Port Orchard City Council took its first formal step toward establishing a storm water utility by OK-ing a public education survey. On Oct. 14, they will review a resolution to actually create the utility, but fees won’t be set until around the first of the year. The city, like other cities and counties statewide, is required by the state’s Department of Ecology to create a program for preventing and cleaning up  pollution from run-off.

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Last Call to Sound Off on SK Levy Amount

The South Kitsap School District Board of Directors will hold a public hearing on Wednesday prior to voting on a resolution setting the amount of its Feb. 3 replacement maintenance and operations levy. The board agreed this week to consider a levy measure that would factor in an 8 percent rate of inflation for the first year of the levy and 6 percent in subsequent years. The amount collected in the form of property taxes over four years would total $70 million, up from $67.6 million in an earlier proposal.

The estimated levy rate would be $2.27 per $1,000 of assessed property value for 2010 and 2011. The estimated rate would be $2.28 per $1,000 for the last two years of the levy. The $67.6 million proposal would have collected an estimated $2.20 per $1,000 over four years.

The current levy amount is $1.98 per $1,000 of assessed value. The total amount collected from 2006 through 2009 will be an estimated $53.7 million.

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Yukon Harbor Now Open to Shellfishing

Yukon Harbor and beaches to the north and south have been approved for shellfish harvesting for the first time since state health officials began certifying shellfish areas in the 1960s.

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Bremerton Woman Sentenced in South Kitsap Bicyclist’s Death

A Bremerton woman was sentenced Wednesday to a nine-month jail sentence in the death of a bicyclist last September, according to the Kitsap County Prosecutor’s Office.

Delores J. Magneson, 60, pleaded guilty in August to one count of vehicular homicide. She has already begun to serve her sentence in the Kitsap County jail.

Magneson was driving on the 7300 block of SE Mile Hill Drive on Sept. 6, 2007, when her 1992 Buick Century left the road to the right and fatally struck Craig Hatt, 41, of South Kitsap.

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Burst Water Main Leaves McCormick Woods High and Dry

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