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Wednesday, October 19, 1994 First reVi‘ew indicates cable rate reduction may be due By Chris Nor-red Mercer Island Reporter Cable television customers on Mercer Island could get a refund of about $10 this winter as City Hall takes its first swing at regu— lating cable TV rates under rules approved by Congress in 1992. Deb Symmonds, director of ad- ministrative services, told the City Council on Monday that a re- fund appears justified after a pre- liminary review of the complicat- ed formulas Congress created to establish rates. “This is really kind of excit— ing,” Mayor Judy Clibborn said. “We hardly ever get anything that goes down.” However. Svmmonds said. the findings are preliminary and no- body should expect a refund yet. City officials are still negotiat— ing with the cable company, she said. New rates will not be estab- lished until after a City Council hearing on Nov. 7. And Viacom has several course of appeal if the company chooses to dispute the City Council’s decision, Symmonds said. Viacom lowered its rates for basic service to $10.60 a month in July when it became clear the regulations would require lower rates. However, the preliminary re- port by a consultant for Mercer Island indicates the rates for ba- sic service should be lowered even more to $10.25 a month here. If the refund is approved, it will cost Viacom about $57,000, or about 2.5 percent of the compa— ny’s annual revenue from Mercer Island operations, according to Symmonds. However, the rules and formu- las that Congress adopted for cit- ies to regulate the cable compa- nies are so complicated that Mer— cer Island needed to hire a consul- tant to determine if local resi— dents qualified for any rate relief. The regulations took effect this May. City Hall does not have money budgeted for cable regulation, Symmonds said. In the future, the council may need to consider a 1 percent franchise tax on cable TV bills to help cover the cost of regu- lation. Council leaning toward support of rapid transit train across I-90 By Chris Norred Mercer Island Reporter Mercer Island leaders appear ready to join other Eastside cities and endorse a regional transit plan that calls for construction of rail in the center lanes of 1—90. City Council members on Mon- day said the plan is in the best in- terest of Mercer Island, despite Council en By Chris Norred ‘ Mercer Island Reporter The City Council on Monday endorsed an upcoming ballot measure that will serve as the first test for the state’s new tax limitation law. , The council voted 6-0 in sup- port of Referendum 43, which calls for higher taxes on ciga- rettes and soda pop and renewal of some taxes on beer, wine and spirits. The money raised by the taxes helps support human services and crime prevention programs across Washington. Peg Morgan, director of the Mercer Island department of youth and family serVices, said the DARE program, drug treat— ment for juveniles, and the Alco- hol/Drug 24 Hour Help Line are CRUISES we KNO w THE SHIPS! 236-0990 Cruise Professionals o DEADLINE for the Mercer Island Re arter '3 Favorite Recipe ontest is 5PM on Friday, Oct. 2151 GET YOUR RECIPES IN! right away! Our bagels . may be crusty, but our people What do you do when your bagels are the best anywhere, your service is fast, your i * surroundings are clean and relaxed, and your employees are warm and cheerful 98% of the time? At Bruegger’s, you Work on the other 2%. gggggggg'swgggfi BAKERY“ The Best'l'hing Round” 7695 SE'27th Street, Mercer Is. 232—4556 “ Mon-Fri. 6:30am—7:00pm San-Sun. 7:00am-7:00pm eliminating the convenience for Island residents who drive in the uncrowded center lanes to Seat— tle. “The council could be open to criticism for endorsing something that some people might see as a loss for Mercer Island,” Mayor Judy Clibborn said Monday. “But according to the agreements that gave us access to the center funded directly with money from those sources. If the referendum fails, such programs face cut— backs. Systems; CPS 486-33 Model 424 Wit/$1319. 0 Intel DX Microprocxessor 0 4MB (upgradable to 64) CPS 486-66 Model 428 VLF/$1599. 0 Intel DX 66 Microprocessor I 8MB Ram (upgradable to 64) BOTH SYSTEMS INCLUDE: w/ 1MB VLB Card 0 33 and 55 Floppy Drives 0 101 Keyboard - Microsoft mouse - Two serial, parallel and game port 0 MSDOS 6.2 Operating system 0 Microsoft Windows 3.1 0 Midto'wer case w/ Processor Cooling Device 0 FCC class B and UL certified 01 year On Site Parts on Labor Warmly. Didn’t your mother tell you never to talk to strangers? CPS Computer Peripheral Services - Neighborhood Buisiness Since 1986 - 420MB iDE Hard Drive w/Local Bus lDE Controller' CD ROM Drive (internal) ' 14" Super VGA Non-Interlaced Hi Res Monitor Don't be a stranger, come into our showroom for a demo! 78th Avenue S.E. Mercer Island 0 236-1825 lanes, we are going to lose access at some point. It’s only a matter of time.” The Regional Transit Authori- ty, a goVernment group that in— cludes representatives from King, Pierce and Snohomish counties, is scheduled to decide Oct. 28 on a transit plan. Voters will be asked to approve new taxes to fund the plan next spring. dorses Referendum 43 “Nobody seems to know about this issue,” Morgan said. “Pro or con, it’s not in the media, which probably means it’s in trouble.” Upgrade: 14.4 Internal PAX/MODEM/579. 14.4 External EMMODEM/sgg. carom Multimedia Kit/Z-SPEED/SSGQ. CD-ROM Multimedia KitI3-SPEED/3549. BOTH KITS INCLUDE: 0 16- Bit Sound Card 0 Stereo Speakers 0 Microphone 0Variety of CD-ROM titla REPAIRS CARRY iN, ON‘SITE DEPOT (FREE PICK- up a DELIVERY) FULL NETWORK sows AND suprom‘ commas suppuss PRINTER SUPPLIES PRE-OWNED EQUIPMENT When You Put Both Your Home And Car Insurance With Me And You’re An Excellent Driver YouCould Come Out The Winner With The Auto Advantage Discount. . "You're In Good Hands With Allstate®" 8005 SE 28 St. Mercer Island ' Allstate Insurance Company. Subject To Qualifications And Local Availablity Mercer Island Reporter Andrea Marc ese Armond Esmaili leads other children during the Metratbon at West Mercer Elementary School on Friday. The annual event is sponsored by the elementary school PTAs. The Metrathon is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the schools and money is collected for school programs, library materials, field trips and assemblies. Students collect pledges for each kilometer thev walk or run. TAXES: AND MORE TAXES-WE’RE #1 0 AND THE SCHOOL DISTRICT WANTS TO KEEP IT THAT WAY!! 0 THE AVERAGE ANNUAL TAX BILL ON MERCER ISLAND IS $3,935. BELLEVUE IS #2 AT $2,757. WE'RE 43% HIGHER-—The Seattle Times 2-1 [-94 V. o OVERSPENDING OF $35 MILLION ON THE GRADE SCHOOLS: OVER 20 YEARS AT 66%; AND THAT‘S $12.6 MILLION IN ADDITIONAL TAXES o OVERSPENDING OF $2 MILLION AT THE MIDDLE SCHOOL: OVER 20 YEARS AT 5.35 9%; AND THAT‘S $5.7 MILLION IN ADDITIONAL TAXES o DIVERSION OF SURPLUS PROPERTY CASH: $5.0 MILLION OVER 20 YRS AT 6 6%; AND THAT’S $18 MILLION IN ADDITIONAL TAXES ' a $10.5 MILLION. THE COST OF THE MIDDLE SCHOOLH AND THAT’S $36.3 MILLION IN ADDITIONAL TAXES. [AND THAT’S WHY, WE’RE NUMBER ONE!!! VOTE WISELY! Paid for Iu‘yRoy & Simpermun. Mercer Island. We 232-6549 ‘ VOTE NO NOVEMBER 8TH ‘ OCTOBER 25TH WE OPEN FOR LUNCH -I.UNCH: TUE FRI 11-230 DINNER: TUES-THURS 5-930’ FRI -SAT 5-1OPM 'SUNDAY4z30‘930‘ 2448 76TH AVE. $.E. MERCER ISLAND 232-9009 October, 1994 Dear Mercer Island Community Member, The Mercer Island School District Board of Directors, as a part of its public process, ’ invites you to apply for vacancies in three board advisory committees: Facilities,Fiscal, and Program. The primaryxpurpose of these committees will be to act in an advisory capacity to Mercer Island School Board of Directors. Applications should be made on or before October 28th to Mercer Island School , District Board of Directors, 4160 —, 86th Avenue SE, Mercer Island, WA. 98040. The letter of application should include your name, address, phone number, the committee(s) for which you are applying anda statement of interest, qualificationsnnd background. Selection of committee members will be made by November 10th. I * Committee appointments will normally be for 2 years with a limit of 2 consecutive terms. . Any questions about the advisory committees or application process should be addressed to one of the board members or Administrative Assistant for Superintendent Services, Nanette Corn, at 236-3300. Respectfully, .I Mercer Island School Board of Directors: El Jahncke (236-0951) Susan Kaplan (232-8897) Laurie Koehler (232-2012) ‘ Jon Oesting (236-0747) BoydWander Houwen (236-1715) P r' _”‘.*“‘w?‘\xxk.*f "“-.f";.*".. 4v; "a .u...-.-—'..—.’c.-n-......,.,.-