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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, November 1, 2018
Meghan Porter, Public Information Supervisor, 360-867-2097, or email at Meghan.porter@co.thurston.wa.us 

Commissioners Set Second Public Hearing for Thurston Conservation District Rates and Charges
Hearing set for Tuesday, November 20, 5:00 p.m.

OLYMPIA – This morning, the Thurston County Board of Commissioners set a second public hearing to hear public comment on the Thurston Conservation District’s proposed rates and charges. A second hearing must be held due to an administrative oversight in the public notice process for the public hearing held on September 25, 2018. The hearing will take place on Tuesday, November 20, at 5:00 p.m. at the Thurston County Courthouse, rm. 280. 

All comments received for the September 25 meeting will be considered as part of the public hearing packet for the November 20 hearing. Citizens who submitted their comments or testified at the September 25 meeting are not required to resubmit their comments a second time.  

What: Public Hearing on Thurston Conservation District’s Proposed Rates and Charges
When: Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.
Where: Thurston County Courthouse, 2000 Lakeridge Dr SW, Olympia, Building 1, Room 280

Pursuant to RCW 89.08.400, the County must publish the notice of hearing two consecutive weeks in the County newspaper of record as well as post the notice conspicuously in at least five locations across the Thurston Conservation District boundaries as established in 1947. In notifying the public of the September 25 meeting, the County did not post in five locations and posted to the County newspaper of record only once. 

Holding the public hearing on November 20 will allow adequate time for the County to properly notify citizens of the hearing, as well as allowing for adequate time for the Treasurer’s Office to implement the rates and charges, if approved, in citizen’s taxing documents for the 2019 tax year. The Commissioners expect to make a decision at their regular meeting on November 27. 

In 2017 the Thurston Conservation District ended a 10-year funding cycle. They did not receive funding for 2018 but had enough surplus to cover the year’s expenses and continue programs. The Thurston Conservation District is requesting the Commissioners reinstate its funding stream through a new rate schedule for 2019 – 2023. 

The proposed rates schedule has separate land use categories and a cap of $5 per parcel, plus $.10 per acre, per year. In some instances, citizens may see a decrease on their 2019 tax statement from their 2017 tax statement. 

For more information about the Thurston Conservation District, visit: https://www.thurstoncd.com/. For more information on rates and charges, visit: https://www.thurstoncd.com/rates-and-charges/    

The public may provide comments in person during the hearing or submit them, in writing, to: LaBonita Bowmar, Clerk of the Board, Board of County Commissioners, 2000 Lakeridge Dr. SW, Olympia, WA 98502. Written comments must be received by 5:00 p.m. on November 19, 2018. 

Disability Accommodations:  Room 152 is equipped with an assistive listening system and is wheelchair accessible. To request disability accommodations, call the Reasonable Accommodation Coordinator at least three days prior to the meeting at 360-786-5440. Persons with speech or hearing disabilities may call via Washington Relay:  711 or 800-833-6388.


County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3