2nd Half Property Tax Payments For Year 2014 Due Soon

Mason County Treasurer, Lisa Frazier, would like to remind the taxpayers that 2nd half property tax payments for year 2014 are due, Friday, October 31st, 2014. You may come into the Treasurer’s office at 411 N 5th St., Bldg. 1 (2nd Floor) and pay in person or there is a payment drop box outside the main doors to Bldg. 1.

Payments may be mailed, however payments must be postmarked no later than October 31st, 2014 to be considered on time and avoid interest charges. Please be sure to check with your local post office for collection hours to be sure your payment will be postmarked timely. Delinquent interest will be charged on November 1st at one percent per month.

An additional penalty of eight percent is assessed on the total amount of tax delinquent on December 1st of the year in which the tax is due. The Treasurer’s office offers credit/debit card payment services at the counter, online and by phone through Point N Pay. We accept Visa, Master Card, Discover and American Express. Property Tax information is available on our website at http://property.co.mason.wa.us/Taxsifter/Search/Results.aspx .

There is a fee associated with the use of debit and credit cards for the payment of property taxes pursuant to RCW 36.29.190. Please note that if you have been assessed DNR Fire Patrol Assessment on more than one parcel of property owned by you in Mason County, you may be entitled to a refund from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources. Refunds must be requested on or before December 31, 2014.

Fire Patrol Refund forms can be found on our website at www.co.mason.wa.us/treasurer under Forms/Brochures/Handouts, or picked up at our office.

Please note that due to budget constraints office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Treasurer’s Office will however remain open to accept property tax payments from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Monday, October 27th – Friday, October 31st.

If you have any questions please call 360-427-9670 ext. 475, Belfair 360-275-4467, Ext. 475 or Elma 360-482-5269, Ext. 475.


Overnight closures Oct. 21-22 at Tacoma Narrows Bridge

UPDATE: Wednesday night’s, Oct. 22, closure has been cancelled. Crews were able to complete all of the maintenance work in one night.

GIG HARBOR – Nighttime drivers traveling on eastbound State Route 16 across the Tacoma Narrows Bridge should plan for two nights of lane closures, Oct. 21-22, as crews perform annual toll equipment maintenance. Before starting work at the toll plaza each night, crews will close the on-ramp from 24th Street Northwest to eastbound SR 16 at 8 p.m. Crews will then close all of the Good To Go! electronic toll lanes by 10 p.m. All of the Good To Go! lanes and the 24th Street ramp will reopen by 5 a.m. the following morning. During the closures all vehicles will be detoured through the toll booths.

Author Lindstrom Discusses Infamous Grays Harbor Man

Was John Tornow a murderous wildman or a misunderstood loner?
Veteran newsman Bill Lindstrom has pursued the truth about John Tornow for almost 3 decades. Among the several outcomes of his work is a new book, “John Tornow: Villain or Victim?” Lindstrom will discuss the book, the research and the Tornow legend at three Timberland libraries in November:

Saturday, November 1 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Aberdeen Timberland Library, 121 E. Market Street, (360) 533-2360.
Tuesday, November 18 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Elma Timberland Library, 119 First Street, (360) 482-3737.
Tuesday, November 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Shelton Timberland Library, 710 W. Alder Street, (360) 426-1362.

This meticulously researched history reads like a blend of mystery and tragedy as it reinterprets the life of an enigmatic man accused of heinous crimes. A veteran news reporter, Lindstrom poured over century-old court documents, transcriptions, contemporary news articles and interviews to produce an authoritative and compassionate account. He brings the Tornow family’s life and times alive, describing the daily routines and personal sorrows that led up to multiple murders, a 19-month manhunt and an enduring Northwest legend.

All programs at Timberland libraries are free and open to the public. For information, contact the individual library or visit www.TRL.org.

Wednesday’s rock blasting-related closure on Snoqualmie Pass is cancelled

Drivers should plan for delays due to lane closures Wednesday and Thursday

HYAK – The rock blasting-related closure planned for Wednesday, Oct. 22 on Interstate 90 east of Snoqualmie Pass is cancelled.

The Washington State Department of Transportation and contractor crews will still close I-90 for rock blasting Tuesday, Oct. 21 and Thursday, Oct. 23 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. During rock blasting closures, eastbound drivers will be stopped at Gold Creek (milepost 56) and westbound drivers will be stopped at Price Creek (milepost 61).

Drivers should plan for added travel time to avoid delays on Wednesday, Oct. 22 and Thursday, Oct. 23 due to a lane closure westbound between milepost 56 to 61 during daylight hours.

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