Pateros City Council members had an opportunity to meet with area state representatives at this week’s meeting. Mayor Gail Howe says the council is very interested in a senate bill that could affect the city’s financial relationship with the Okanogan County Commissioners and the PUD:
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Present law directs the county treasurer to deposit at least three-fourths of one percent of the gross revenues obtained by the sale of electric energy to each taxing district in the county.
Senate Bill 5595 is sponsored by Senator Evans-Parlette and states that in the event that a county receives funds because a PUD owns fee title to property in a city or town, that county, city or town must still receive an equal share of the tax proceeds, even if there were no sales of electrical energy in that city or town.
In other business, the council is soliciting public comment on the issue of allowing chickens in the city limits, and approved additional training on new software for the clerk-treasurer.
The Pateros Council meets the third Monday of each month at 6 PM at city hall.