Even before we moved to Mercer Island, just thinking about buying a house here, I noticed that the intersection at Island Crest Way and 40th St. was a bulletin board for the Island. Find anything neighbors are talking about, anyone who wants to win elected office, and all youth rec leagues there. For those of you who don’t go by it regularly, here’s a recap.
So what are the neighbors talking about?
At first we saw sandwich boards touting local candidates for the November election. As it got closer to Election Day, those boards came with human accessories. In the early winter, the Bulletin Board provided what I have to assume was a critical recruiting function for the basketball and hockey teams of Mercer Island Schools. Then came the February Democratic Caucus, and the signs became political and gained human escorts again.
That was then. What are the neighbors talking about today?
Today the Bulletin Board at ICW and 40th says:
Education is good
Yes Schools Yes is an encouragement to renew existing levies that shore up public funding for schools. The proceeds of this local property tax are to the state-provided amount, to “alleviate the shortfall” from the state-funded amount alone, according to the website. The site’s sponsor, the Committee for Mercer Island Public Schools (CMIPS) also says, “the levy is for a specific dollar amount per year. If property values go up, the tax rate goes down to keep the amount collected the same.” Though if your property values go up disproportionately to the rest of the Island, you’ll pay more for this tax as a result.
Seattle: We have a greener, crunchier Americorps
Earthworks is a local version of Americorps and Teach for America, focused on the environment. The organization is based in Seattle, and projects are in Puget Sound and the Cascades. Its site says it staffs around 10,000 volunteers a year.
And it’s baseball season at the Boys and Girls Club of Mercer Island:
As new signs pop up, I’ll put them up, as long as I have time to stop and take the photos on the way to work.