Council says gas tax should fund 520 budget shortfall

April 9, 2013

NEW — 4:25 p.m. April 9, 2013

The Newcastle City Council unanimously passed a resolution urging the state legislature to increase the gas tax in order to cover the $1.4 billion shortfall for the project to replace the state Route 520 floating bridge.

The resolution, which was passed at the April 2 council meeting, offered an alternative to the proposed tolling of Interstate 90 as a means to finance the rest of the 520 bridge replacement.

“My mind is, we tell Judy Clibborn and the state legislature to get on the stick and do what they should do and pass a 10-cent gas tax and pay off the $1.4 billion that way and forget the tolling on I-90,” Councilman Bill Erxleben said. Read more

Renton School Board selects new superintendent

April 9, 2013

NEW — 11:40 a.m. April 9, 2013

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Dr. Merri Rieger

Just a week after she spent a day in the district, meeting with staff and community members, the Renton School Board chose Dr. Merri Rieger as the district’s new superintendent.

“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Merri Rieger as our new superintendent,” said Board President Lynn Desmarais in a statement. “Merri has the depth of experience and sense of vision that make her a perfect fit for the Renton School District.” Read more