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City of Snoqualmie Council Position No. 2

Term: 4 yearsThe City Council is the legislative body for the City. The Council adopts local laws (ordinances) to secure the safety and assist the well-being of the city residents, the city's physical environment and amenities, and the city economy. The Council is responsible for approving financial expenditures and adopting the city budget as well as establishing policies and regulations in order to guide the city's future. The elected mayor serves as chief administrative officer for the city.
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    Katherine Ross (NP) Snoqualmie City Councilmember

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Email katherine4snoqualmie@gmail.com
Town where you live Snoqualmie, WA
Experience (300 characters max) I was honored to be unanimously appointed to the City Council in April from a pool of 9 candidates. I believe my 13 years of volunteering in our community, 17 years of business management experience and education including an MBA, has prepared me to be an informed and effective city councilmember.
Snoqualmie’s infrastructure is aging. Historical downtown’s infrastructure is 50 to 60 years old which includes streets, pipes, and sewer. Snoqualmie Ridge’s infrastructure is 17 years old; many of the streets need repair and resurfacing. Public Works Division has outlined a proactive capital plan to update the infrastructure for all areas. These improvements will be funded by the utility and general funds. Snoqualmie is a premier destination and has over 2 million visitors a year. Capturing tourism dollars through lodging, restaurants, and local retail will help fund these needed infrastructure improvements.

I-90/SR18 interchange transportation project will begin this fall, with scheduled completion by 2022. Safety on I-90 (exit 25) is a major problem and will continue to be an issue until the interchange is fixed. I will work to expedite temporary fixes that will improve public safety for our citizens and visitors.
Snoqualmie provides funding to local non-profit organizations that provide services to our citizens for issues such as homelessness and mental illness. As a community volunteer, I have devoted myself to supporting the needs of families and children in Snoqualmie Valley. I wish to strengthen Snoqualmie’s partnership with human service organizations to build a healthier, stronger and more resilient community.
Our 65 and older aged citizens is one of the fastest growing demographic in our area. Snoqualmie needs to increase opportunities for seniors to live in accessible housing with nearby services by providing a variety of senior living options such as a retirement community, assisted living facility, or a skilled nursing care facility. I am committed to helping identify these options so that our aging citizens can stay in Snoqualmie and enjoy being near families and lifelong friends.
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Affordable workforce housing would provide homes for those employed by our local businesses and industry. Currently, 2,800 employees commute each work day to Snoqualmie. Providing more affordable housing will allow commuters to live where they work and join our community full time.

With the build out of Snoqualmie Ridge being completed this year, there is a projected revenue and expenditures gap of over $1 million. With over 2-million visitors to Snoqualmie annually, capturing these tourism dollars through lodging, restaurants and retail can create an environment for local businesses and our community to thrive. Economic development will help diversify city revenues, while becoming less reliant upon homeowners’ property taxes. I will work to strengthen economic development while ensuring a balanced approach between growth and preserving Snoqualmie’s majestic beauty.
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Being a City Councilmember requires commitment, time and effective communication skills. As a City Councilmember, I will work to ensure a collaborative working relationship with other Councilmembers and the Mayor. I will communicate and problem-solve issues, and work to ensure an effective, inclusive and transparent process of engaging and informing the public.
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