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' Page A-16 - Mason County Journal - Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 t- Find big bucks at Our Community Credit Union! 12-month term *APR=Annual Percentage Rate. Offer valid on st~ tenTts and conditions only. Promotion expires December 31,2014. On approved ~redit. Not eligible for skip-a-payment. : Shalton Union McCleary MASON TRANSIT AUTHORITY November 2014 I VISION: We serve people through world-class transit. MISSION: We provide transportation choices that connect people, jobs, community, increasing the quality of life in Mason County. and Mason Transit Authority will hold public hearings to receive comments on the proposed 2015 Budget at meetings on: Tuesday, November 18, 2014 -- 3:00 pm at the Mason Transit Authority Board Room, 790 E Johns Prairie Road, Shelton Tuesday, November 25, 2014 -- 4:30 pm at the Mason Transit Authority Board Room, 790 E Johns Prairie Road, Shelton i Thursday, December 11, 2014 -- 5:30 pm at the North Mason Timberland Library, 23081 NE State Route 3, Belfair. ! " ~+~ Final comments and adoption of the 2015 Budget will be held ~ at the Authority Board meeting on December 16, 2014, at 5:30 pm at 790 East Johns Prairie Road, Shelton, WA. 2015 Financial Plan The goals of the 2015 budget are to ensure that Mason Transit Authority continues to meet the needs of the community and operates within its available fmencial resources. Sales tax revenue, the single largest funding source for the 2015 budget, has shown growth over prior periods in each of the last sixteen months. The 2015 budget also reflects the opening of the Transit-Community Center along with an incremental increase in service to meet existing demand. 2015 Budget ltighlinhts Maintain a 3-month Operating Reserve Maintain a Capital Reserve Fund for future grant match Utilizes current reserves to meet capital grant obligations and Transit- Community Center start-up costs Continue strengthening community partnerships Transit-Community Center open and operating in first quarter of 2015 MASON TRANSIT 2015 Budget Assumotions Sales tax revenue increase Inflationary increases projected in federal and state transit funding Increases in retirement, health and welfare premium costs Market projections for fuel pricing appear consistent with 2014 rates Confmuance of wage gap closure New positions added for Transit-Community Center and operations, totaling 4,25 full time equivalents (FTEs) We welcome your questions and comments Contact: Ma~ Ann Norquist, CPA - Finance Manager www.masontransit.org Phone 360-426-9434 Fax 360-426-9143 mnorquist(~masonlransit.org 790 E Johns Prairie Road, Shelten, WA 98584 on the proposed ~o]5 Budget For a copy of the proposed budget, please visit www. masontransit .Orli Journal photo by Natalie Johnson New Shelton Police Chief Darrin Moody speaks to members of the Shelton Mason County Chamber of Commerce on Nov. 14 at Xinh's Clam & Oyster House in Shelton. Moody was sworn in as police chief Nov. 10. Mason County Sheriff Casey Salisbury and state Department of Fish and Wildlife law enforcement officer Matt Jewett also spoke at the lunch meeting. Shelt student earns state STAFF REPORT news@masoncoun com Shelton High School junior Danielle Salinas, vice president of the school's Students Against Destruc- tive Decisions (SADD) Club, was named the state SADD Student of the Year for her prevention efforts at the group's summit last month in Yakima. Sahnas was among 17 students and four adults from Shelton High School who attended the event from Oct. 19-21. Salinas has been a member of the SADD Club for four years. She served as co-president of the group last year. Two years ago, Salinas spoke Salinas about teenage tobacco use as part of a panel discussion with the U.S surgeon general at the University of Washing- ton. She is the coordinator of the group's Teenagers Against Tobacco Use program, whose members warn students in grades four through eight about the dan- gers of chewing and smoking tobacco. Salinas is the leader of the group's Relay for Life Team, which collects donations to help find a cure for cancer through the American Cancer Society. Salinas is also instrumental in the Celebrate My Drive program, which State Farm Insurance spon- sors. The program stresses the dangers of texting while driving. IV0fesd0nal family-Owned Full SenSe Repair 360-275-0405 HWY