Sunday, December 19, 2010

Low-income disabled and seniors benefit from City’s utility tax rebate program

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December 08, 2010

Brook Lindquist
Executive Assistant

Low-income disabled and seniors benefit from City’s utility tax rebate program

Federal Way low-income disabled and low-income senior citizens can once again seek a rebate on their utility taxes thanks to the City of Federal Way’s Utility Tax Rebate Program. Low income senior citizens have qualified for the program since its inception in 2003 while low income disabled citizens have been eligible since 2007.

The rebate program, which helped 103 seniors and 51 disabled citizens last year, represents the
City’s utility tax (7.75%) on gas, electricity, telephone, cell phones, garbage/recycling, and cable TV charges. In 2009, rebates averaged $133; actual amounts vary depending on household utility consumption. Taxes on wastewater/water charges and prepaid cell phones are not eligible.

Applicants must live within city limits and meet federal income limits: $30,000 for a one-person
household, $34,250 for two, $38,550 for three, and $42,800 for four-person families. Required
documents include a tax return or bank statements, and the customer’s complete utility bills.
Low-income senior citizens must be 65 years-old or older. Low-income disabled citizens must
establish disability status for all or part of 2010 by providing one of the following: proof of
Social Security disability income; proof of supplemental security income; or a physician’s
disability certificate.
Applications are being accepted from Jan. 1 through April 30, 2011. Applications are available
online. To download an application, go to the City of Federal Way’s website at and click on Utility Tax Rebate Program under the Quick Links
section. Applications are also available at City Hall, 33325 8
Ave. S. Applications can be
delivered to City Hall or mailed to the City. Applications must be submitted no later than April
30, 2011.
For more information, contact the City, 253.835.2403.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Federal Way Pursues Land Purchase for Civic Center/PACC

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December 12, 2010

Patrick Doherty
Economic Development Director

Federal Way Pursues Land Purchase for Civic Center/PACC

On November 16, 2010, the Federal Way City Council disclosed a tentative agreement to purchase 3.8 acres of land in the downtown core for the future development of a Civic/Performing Arts Conference Center. The property is located on the corner of S 316th and 20th Avenue South and is the former site of the Toys R Us retail business.

The property purchase for $5.375 million is expressly contingent upon receiving approximately $5 million from the State of Washington that was awarded in June of 2008. This agreement (with pending contingencies) is another step towards the vision of a vibrant downtown and a gathering place for citizens.

City Manager/Police Chief Brian Wilson stated that “the purchase of this property in the heart of our downtown provides a tremendous opportunity for the community to collaborate on the development of a Civic/Performing Arts Conference Center. We are fortunate with our timing and that this property is available. This is a significant step to establish a vibrant and desirable downtown”.

Robert Neu, Superintendent, Federal Way Public Schools stated, “This is a wonderful opportunity that allows the City, the Public Schools, and the Chamber of Commerce to collaborate on an initiative that will benefit the entire Federal Way community.”

City Manager/Police Chief Wilson reiterated the importance of community involvement in the future development of this Civic/Performing Arts and Conference Center and that the opportunities for business, government, and citizens to collaborate and partner on this project are to be determined. Securing this property will enable this process to begin. Wilson described the transaction as “buying the anchor for the downtown” and that future development efforts will assist property owners and promote business growth in the downtown core.

Susan Streifel, CEO, Woodstone Credit Union stated, “I am excited about what this means for the future of Federal Way and our downtown. I look forward to working together as a community to collaborate on this vision and our future.”

Mayor Linda Kochmar stated, “Once the sale is final, the City will begin an open public process – similar to the initial visioning process – for public input to develop this asset in the community. Community and business partnerships will be explored to bring the vision of a Civic/Performing Arts and Conference Center facility to fruition.”

Final action regarding the purchase of this property is scheduled for December 21, 2010 where the City Council must approve the purchase and authorize the Mayor to execute the necessary closing documents.

Brian J. Wilson
City Manager/Police Chief


Tuesday, December 7, 2010

City Announces Public Inauguration Events for Mayor-Elect Priest

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November 18, 2010

Carol A. McNeilly, CMC
City Clerk


FEDERAL WAY - Anticipating certification of the November 2, 2010 election by King
County, City Clerk Carol McNeilly will administer the official Oath of Office to Mayorelect Priest on Tuesday, November 23, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at
City Hall.


The public is also invited to attend a reception celebrating the inauguration of Federal
Way’s first elected Mayor, Skip Priest on Tuesday, December 7, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. in City Hall Council Chambers.

Mayor-elect Priest stated, “I am honored to be Federal Way’s first elected Mayor. I very much look forward to working with the City Council, staff, and community to achieve our joint vision of an improved quality of life for all our City residents.”

The Mayor’s ceremonial oath of office will be administered by Municipal Court Judge David Larson later in the evening during the City Council’s regular meeting at 7:00 p.m.


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