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Published on Thu, Jan 3, 2008
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Meeting to discuss local watershed

Whatcom County Planning and Development Services has scheduled a public meeting on watershed-based land use management in the Terrell Creek/Birch Bay watershed for 7 p.m. Wednesday, January 9 at the Birch Bay Bible Community Church.

The meeting will present the draft results of the Birch Bay Watershed Characterization and Planning Pilot Study. County officials will also present information on the aquatic resource inventory, wildlife and ecological characterization, and suggested management recommendations for each subbasin draining to Birch Bay, including Terrell Creek. Agency representatives and consultants will be on hand to answer questions and to discuss next steps.

The Birch Bay Bible Community Church is located at 7039 Jackson Road in Birch Bay. For more information call 676-6907.

Free tax workshop for
small businesses

The Bellingham office of the Washington State Department of Revenue is hosting a free workshop for new and small business owners from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, January 8, at the Labor and Industries/DSHS Building at 1720 Ellis Street, First Floor Conference Room A, in Bellingham.

Participants will learn about Washington excise taxes, reporting classifications, deductions, tax incentives, sales tax collection, and record-keeping requirements. All receive a workbook and helpful reference guide to department of revenue rules and regulations.

To register, visit the department’s web site at or call 360/676-2114. Space is limited. A complete schedule of workshops and a short video version of the workshop in English and Spanish are available on the website.

Workshop examines
teaching mathematics

The Blaine school district has scheduled a workshop from 6 to 8 p.m. January 14 at the Blaine middle school cafeteria to help parents, students, business leaders and community members examine how to teach and reinforce math basics while ensuring students continue to practice important mathematics.

The two-hour session is interactive and will include door prizes pizza and soda ($1) and free child care.

For more information, call Deb Cummings at 332-0720 or email at

Property tax deferrals available to some homeowners

Homeowners with limited incomes will be eligible to defer paying half of their property taxes or special assessments beginning in 2008.
To qualify, a homeowner must have owned the home for at least five years, reside in the home, and have a combined annual household disposable income of $57,000 per year or less. Disposable income is defined as income from all sources, whether or not it is subject to federal income tax.

Applicants must pay the first half of their property taxes in order to apply to defer paying taxes on the second half due in October. 

The deferred taxes must be repaid with interest if a property is sold or no longer is used as the personal residence of the owner. 
Application forms will be available after April 20, 2008 at county assessor offices or online at the Washington state Department of Revenue’s web site,