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December 11, 2014

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@ Thursday, Dec. 11,2014 - Mason County Journal - Page A-13 he Mason County Sheriffs Office would like to warn the public to beware criminals tak- ing advantage of people's good intentions and the spirit of giving or coercing them with scare tactics. According to Sheriffs Office records, there have been an unusually high number of reports in the past several months regarding fraud, telephone and email scares, and identity theft. Criminals are posing as many different types of people, attempting to trick you into providing your personal information. The following list is to help you understand just a few of the theft schemes criminals are using this season: Beware of people posing as employees of public utility districts; water and sewer companies; or telephone, cable or cellular telephone carriers who threaten to disrupt your service because they did not receive a payment. Do not give them any personal information or credit card information. Utility companies will mail you late notices and might even have a collection agency call you, but they will not ask you to provide personal informa- tion over the phone or via email. Beware of people posing as law enforcement officers calling you and threatening to come to arrest for you an outstanding warrant or for failing to pay a court fee. Do not give them any personal informa- tion, credit card information, etc. No law enforce- ment agency in the country will threaten to arrest you if you do not provide personal information over the phone. Beware of people p0s'mg as friends of family members or officialsrepresenting family members, telling you that your family member has been arrested or in an accident and that they need money to pay for helping your "family member. Do not give them any personal infor--- mation. Beware of people posing as bank or credit union employees calling you or emailing you, claim- ing they have lost your account information. Beware of people posing as fundraising groups, companies or nonprofit organizations knocking on your front door or calling you wanting donations. Do not give them any personal informa- tion or credit card information. If they are at your door, ask for them to leave a donation form. Then check it out to see if they are an established and credible nonprofit organization. The best way to participate in any fundraising is to know that your charitable contributions are go- ing to supporting a cause that you specifically know, such as local churches, schools, shelters or estab- lished national organizations like the American Red Cross. Beware of people posing as representatives from the IRS, calling you or emailing you, claiming you have not paid your taxes from last year or that your tax return has errors in it. Do not give them any personal information, credit card information, etc. The IRS already has your personal information. If your tax return has an error in it, the IRS will mail you a letter along with documented informa- tion. Beware of people posing as employees from mail order or shipping companies calling you and advising that you purchased an item but that they cannot ship it out because you did not pay enough shipping. Do not give them any personal informa- tion, credit card information, etc. Hang up, review your order and call the number of the company that you conducted business with to confirm any pur- chase and/or shipping problems. We are attempting to help educate people from falling victim to fraud, said Sheriff Casey Salis- bury. What is very unfortunate is that when the un- suspecting citizen provides personal information and loses their savings, most of the time the suspect(s) is/are located out of state and the Sheriffs Office cannot provide assistance. • Courtesy of the Mason County Sheriffs Office .... ...... Rainbow over Shelton TOO LATE TO C IFY A break in the black stormclouds Tuesday afternoon produces a brief rainbow, as seen from the 300 block of West Cota Street. FSBO, RAINBOW Lake, completely remod- eled, full tile floors, new ductless heat pump, 3 bedroom, $125,000 owner financing (253) 537-9215 (A 12/11-1/1) LARGE TWO bedroom, one bath available 12/15 $800 rent plus deposit, you pay all utili- ties 426-3399 (B 1 2/11-1/1) Journal photo by Gordon Weeks Mon.-Fri. 9-5 • Sat. 9-1 (360) 427-4335 ’,,..=b.rb.=om 120 S. 3rd Street • Shelton L QUmAT ON t After 30 years, FRONTIER ANTIQUES is going out of business soon! So, we are slashing prices on wonderful merchandise including furniture, tools, iewelry and glassware, lamps and chandeliers. We are reducing prices daily until closing up to 50% off. Come enjoy cookies and browse for hours Man- Sat 10- 5 @ 315 South First Street across from Bob's Tavern. MASON TRANSIT G ny Beech Ploneee School District _; : North cou • Adv~e~ Beud a~ndwrl Limren Gmde’, Chair Steve V~,~mover, Vice-Chair Fourre Pamela Hgblrom ~. Jotm Piety MASON TRANSIT AUTHORITY Mason Transit Authority 790 E Johns Prairie Rd Shelton, WA 98584 www,masontransit.org Phone: 360-426-9434 Fax: 360-426-0899 AUTHORITY I November 2014 ] VISION: We serve people through world-class Iransit. MISSION: we provide ~ransportation choices that connect people, jobs, and community, increasing the quality of life in Mason County. Mason Transit Authority will hoid 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 Authonty Board Room, 790 E Johns Prairie Road, Shelton • Thursday, Decernbe( 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 Fl~u~elai 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 financial 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 Bud2et Hi~li[hts • 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 sl~engthening community partnerships • Transit-Community Center open and operating in first quarter of 2015 2015 Bud2et Assumptions • Sales tax revenue increase • Inflationary increases projected in federal and state transit funding • Increases in retirement, health and welfare premium costs • Market projecfmns for fuel pricing appear consistent with 2014 rates • Continuance of wage gap closure • New positions added for Transit-Community Center and operations, totaling 425 full time equivalents (FTEs) We welcome your questions and comments on the proposed 2Ol5 Budget Contact: Mary Ann Norquist, CPA - Finance Manager Phone 350-426-9434 Fax 360-425-9143 nmorquist@masontransit.org 790 E Johns Prairie Road, Shelton, WA 98584 { For a copy of the proposed budliet, please visit i www.masontransit.or8