New Crisis Care Facility to open March 12

Pierce County is opening their new crisis care facility to support those in our community with behavioral health issues.The CRC will be operated by RI International. It is located in the Mid-County Plan Area, not far from Franklin Pierce High School. The public is welcome to attend virtually on Friday, March 12at 11:30 a.m. Due…

Thorne Lane on-ramp to I-5 closes for 3 months

Work leads to permanent ramp changes for travelers, removes potential railroad intersection delays WSDOT LAKEWOOD — Travelers should prepare for a new stage of work on the I-5 Steilacoom-DuPont Road to Thorne Lane Corridor Improvements project. Once finished this construction will permanently change the way travelers exit to Berkeley Street and Thorne Lane. Weather permitting,…

Recent County Planning Changes Challenged

By Marianne Lincoln, February 23, 2021 Three separate challenges to the recently adopted planning amendments called Centers and Corridors have been submitted to the Washington State Growth Management Hearings Board. The challenges caused the Pierce County Council to delay the effective dates at today’s County Council meeting (2-23-2021). The implementation of the plans was delayed…

Washington State Legislature 2021 Session

By Marianne Lincoln, 2-17-2021 The Washington State Legislature is currently in its long session, which typically ends in the third week of April. Bills that are being considered this year can be found here. If you have a concern about a state issues or a bill being considered, you can find the list of contacts…

Watch for your new 2021 tax assessment

PIERCE COUNTY — 2021 sees moderate increases in property taxes While real estate values continue to surge in Pierce County, statutory limits on property tax rates are holding tax increases to modest levels this year.  “For the past three years, tax bills fluctuated due to the McCleary court decision on school funding,” Assessor-Treasurer Mike Lonergan…

Tetatzin named new Pierce County Planning and Public Works director

Jennifer Tetatzin, a retired United States Navy commander, has been named Pierce County’s Planning and Public Works Director, pending confirmation by the Pierce County Council. Tetatzin most recently served as a Senior Principal Advisor in the Washington, D.C. area for Concurrent Technologies Corporation, a non-profit, professional services company.  As a senior consultant for the Department…

Inconvenient water

Editorial: Marianne Lincoln Is water an inconvenience? Apparently, if you are an official developing Pierce County, it is. First, I must say, this is nothing new. Developments in Pierce County have been moving water out of the way for a very long time. Here is a litany of examples: 1853 a dam was constructed at…

New County Council swearing in January 4

The new Pierce County Councilmembers will be sworn in on January 4, 2020 at 10 a.m. in the Council Chambers. The public can watch on Pierce County TV, over a Zoom link, or listen by calling in on a phone. Meeting will be live streamed and remote attendance is provided via zoom weblinkhttps://piercecountywa.zoom.us/j/97661787423or by calling…

Impact fee increases in 2021

In the unincorporated urban portions of Pierce County, we are well aware of the need for infrastructure. To help with the impacts of all the new construction, the county charges impact fees. The builders hate them, but the new property taxes on a home don’t kick in for over a year and their cars on…

Pierce County sewer rates to increase Jan. 1, 2021

PIERCE COUNTY — Customers in Pierce County’s sewer service area will see a 3.75 percent increase in their sewer rates starting Jan. 1, 2021. The Pierce County Council passed Ordinance No. 2019-77 which set the sewer rate as part of the 2020-21 biennial budget. There was also a rate increase in 2020. Single-family residential customers…

Current Unemployment November 2020

Here is the state of our State in unemployment for the end of November 2020 from the Employment Security Department. Here is a link to further data.