June 27, 2012
Be safe with fireworks
Independence Day is a time to celebrate our freedom. With this freedom comes a shared responsibility to use fireworks safely.
Every year, fireworks injure people and cause vegetation and structure fires.
Whenever you light a fireworks device, be aware of your surroundings and take all safety precautions possible.
Be sure spectators are at a safe distance and that you have water or a fire extinguisher nearby.
This is a reminder to parents to ensure the safety of children by closely supervising personal fireworks use and don’t overestimate their ability.
An alarmingly large number of fireworks injuries are caused by simple sparklers. For the safety of children and adults, use only legal fireworks purchased from state-approved stands during the fireworks season.
Please be aware, the city of Snoqualmie will be enforcing fireworks law to make this Independence Day safer for all. Fireworks laws, guidelines, and safety tips are posted at www.ci.snoqualmie.wa.us.
In case of emergency, please dial 9-1-1.
Let’s work together to keep our community safe during this Independence Day celebration.
Snoqualmie fire chief
It’s the tax exemption that’s the problem
Regarding the story in the June 21 issue of the Star: I am a resident of North Bend and pay property taxes for the school district.
My objection to the proposal for the project is the exemption of about $785,000 or more in property taxes over 12 years.
That’s about $5,312 per month that will have to be made up by the rest of the taxpayers. The residents of the apartments will undoubtedly have children in the local schools.
The owners of the apartments will not be obligated to pay their share of the expense of education.
If the residents of Snoqualmie want to let the apartments be built that’s up to them, but without the property tax exemption.