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Snohomish County

County changes mind on Collins Building again

The Collins Building, two-story multi-windowed building on the Everett waterfront, has been the subject of much debate in Snohomish County. On Tuesday, September 8, 2009 Port Commissioners voted 2-1 to formally withdraw a $15 Million levy from the November ballot. The levy would have been used to rehabilitate and renovate the building, however, for activists attempting to prevent the building from being torn down the levy, they said, would have destroyed their efforts.[1] The levy had been approved by a unanimous vote just three weeks prior. The commissioners' decision to remove the measure comes shortly after a public opinion poll revealed that the measure was likely to fall in the November election. [2]

Sno-Isle Library system makes 2010 budget cuts

In late August 2009, Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Trustees in Marysville, Washington announced that are reducing the salaries of the library system's 6 highest paid employees and senior administrators.[3]


  1. The Examiner,"Port Commissioners deal what could be fatal blow in fight over Collins Building," August 12, 2009
  2. The Examiner,"Welcome to Snohomish County - Enjoy the ride," September 8, 2009
  3. The Whidbey Examiner,"Library system announces budget cuts," August 26, 2009