GOLD BAR RESIDENTS TO VOTE ON DISINCORPORATION
Or passing an excess
July 10, 2012
Editor’s Note: this story has been updated with a July 11, 2012 report found here
(GOLD BAR, WA) -- Residents of tiny Gold Bar, just east of Sultan on U.S. Highway 2 here in the Sky Valley will be voting soon on weather to disincorporate the town or pass an excess levy to pay for litigation costs the community has incurred due to the actions of a small group of town residents.
Gold Bar Mayor Joe Beavers sent out a notice to citizens and the media Tuesday alerting them that the town is preparing two propositions for the November ballot.
“Proposition 1 is an excess levy above statutory limits simply to cover our litigation costs,” said Beavers during a lengthy interview with the Sky Valley Chronicle.
“The second one is a disincorporation. If we don’t get the levy we’re facing about $70,000 maybe up to $90,000 a year in costs that we have no income source to cover,” says Beavers who adds that disincorporation is a much simpler solution than bankruptcy for the small community.
If voters don’t go for either one, “Then we go straight to bankruptcy,” says Beavers.
Details of the two propositions will be finalized at the next Council Meeting Tuesday, July 17, starting at 7:00 pm.
Each of the propositions need a Pro Committee and a Con Committee each consisting of up to three citizens.
The responsibility of the committees is to draft statements for and against the
propositions. There will be four (4) committees in total, two Pro and two Con.
Beavers says Gold Bar residents interested in working on a committee should contact him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 425-238-2655 or simply stop by city hall and leave your name.
The mayor will appoint the committee members for confirmation by the city council in accordance with Gold Bar Municipal Code 2.16.010.
The deadline for applying for a committee membership is Tuesday, July 17, by 10:00 am.
Beavers says the town is on the ragged edge financially all due to a small group of residents he believes have set out to punish the town with costly lawsuits and numerous costly public records requests simply because they remain angry at a former Gold Bar Mayor, Crystal Hill, who is no longer there and who is unaffected by the dire financial straits now facing Gold Bar.
Mayor Beavers says if residents vote to disincorporate he believes the community will be worse off in a number of ways, starting with reduced police coverage for the community.
Beavers says in a disincorporation a receiver comes in, sells off the town’s assets and pays off the town’s liabilities and whatever is left goes to the school district.
He adds the town is looking at some other options than disincorporating or filing bankruptcy but those options are limited to possibly selling off some of the town’s assets and making budget cuts.
Beavers has previously said Gold Bar would likely be flat broke by the end of the year, adding that the town has already spent $350,000 alone simply responding to public records request.
Gold Bar’s entire general fund portion of the budget, the portion it lives on, is only about $500,000 a year.
The Chronicle will have a more extensive report on the Gold Bar development in our Wednesday edition.