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Notes from City Hall: City Donation Cap Raised, Year End Revenue Estimates and Witches Night Out

Here are highlights from the Sept. 24 Enumclaw City Council meeting.

The Enumclaw City Council approved a resolution Monday night to raise how much they can donate in the form of services to community groups or individuals from the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department from $1,200 a year to $2,400 per year.

The increase would be to cover cost of services along with the increase in community need, said Finance Director Stephanie McKenzie.

The resolution came about, explained Councilman Jim Hogan for the Finance Committee, because members were seeing that they had already hit the $1,200 cap in July or August of this year. With four more months left in the year, raising that cap would require a Council-approved resolution.

Hogan clarified that just because the cap was raised doesn't mean the city has to approve spending to that amount; the city can still exercise its discretion in approving or rejecting requests for use of city properties such as the Aquatic Center and Golf Course.

Budget Season Looms

As city leaders prepare for this fall's budget season, McKenzie prepared year-end revenue estimates for the Council as per state law and concluded that overall, 2012 revenues should come in at 97.14 percent of budgeted estimates. The city will be looking to economic forecasts from the state level and from industry leaders to forecast major revenue streams like sales and real estate excise taxes.

Thanks for Service Project

City Administrator acknowledged the local LDS Church for helping to paint the city's wayfinding sign posts black for better contrast and visibility as part of a service project.

Witches Night Out

Local merchants Sharon Porter and Coreen Baxter announced their Witches Night Out event in downtown Enumclaw on Saturday, Oct. 6 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Porter and Baxter, who run businesses at Porter Antiques and Trading Co., explained the event has its origins from the start of hunting season when the men were out and the women were left to entertain themselves.

Several businesses are taking part in the evening's events which include a costume contest, music, treats, a witches parade and door prizes. Visit the event's Facebook page for more information.

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