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Tag: Bonney Lake


Early election results show strong support for all measures except Bonney Lake park district


Early results showed voters apparently rejected creation of a park district in Bonney Lake, which would have granted the city authority to tax residents to maintain parks and recreation facilities.

The measure was one of three ballot measures in Tuesday’s special election, all of which were issues concentrated in East Pierce County.

Approval of the Bonney Lake Metropolitan Park District would have created a supplemental tax and established a dedicated funding source for the management, improvement and maintenance of parks, according to the ballot’s explanatory statement.

Statutory tax limits and the district’s status

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Fleet Feet Sports owner just ‘escaped all the mayhem’ at Boston Marathon

Paul Morrison, owner of Fleet Feet Sports in Bonney Lake and Tacoma, said he knows little about what’s going on near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, where two bombs killed three and injured more than 140 people.

“We just walked out of there before anything happened,” he said. “We escaped all the mayhem.”

Morrison left the finish line about 10 minutes prior to the explosions. He said he didn’t hear or see anything, and all of his close friends are accounted for and staying in their hotel for the night.

Morrison is with a group of 12

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Bonney Lake holds special election to vote on parks district

Voters in Bonney Lake have received mail-in ballots for a special election determining whether the city will create a Bonney Lake park district, according to a city newsletter.

If approved in the April 23 election, the Bonney Lake Metropolitan Park District would create a supplemental tax and operate as a distinct taxing authority for the “management, control, improvement, maintenance, and acquisition of parks, parkways, boulevards, and recreational facilities,” according to the release.

The Bonney Lake City Council would serve as the ex officio Park District board, according to the release, assessing the needs and park functions that the district would

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Pierce County officials celebrate pilot transportation program at Sumner Senior Center

Several Pierce County officials were on hand Wednesday at the Sumner Senior Center to celebrate the newest transportation project in Pierce County.

Beyond the Borders Connector is a free pilot transportation program available to seniors 65 and older, eligible low-income residents and those with disabilities in Sumner and Bonney Lake, as well as Spanaway, Roy and Yelm. Launched at the beginning of March, it is an extension of a transportation program that has been running for about 10 years throughout Pierce County, and is funded by a grant through Pierce County Community Connections.

This program accommodates

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Bonney Lake council considers at-large system

The Bonney Lake City Council could decide as early as next week whether to move from a ward to an at-large system for council elections.

The council Tuesday night  tabled an ordinance that would have done just that, but the item will be back on the agenda next week.

Under the existing system, most council members are elected from within designated geographic boundaries, or wards. An at-large system would mean all council members would be elected in citywide votes.

Mayor Neil Johnson said it’s an important issue, and the council “wants to make sure citizens get involved” before making a

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