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( News From Sk By MICKIE HENRY 677-2202 By comoarison with the lower valleys, damage was slight in the Skykomish area from the recent high flood water. Several families, however, had to evacuate their homes. There was some high water at Timberlane Village and at Three Rivers Bob Marold had to carry out some of his belongings and move into town. Two families in Millto m were forced to leave: the Hank Beerman family and the Marc Bertrands. Water flowed through the former Farnham house, now owned by Gary and Donna West, and some water spilled over the dike on the upper end of town which could have been disastrous had the dike not held. The school was forced to close because the drainfield for the septic tank was flooded. The sympathy of the commtmity is extended to Bruce Blaine and family in the loss of Vivian Blaine, who died on Tuesday. Survivors, in add|- te Not In Same But May tion to her husband, Bruce, are adaughter, Vel- vet Bass of Monroe; son, Charles Brown of Seattle; daughter, Gall Adams of Spokane; son, Kevin and daughter, Debra at the family home; and two grandchildren ..... Sympathies are also extended to Edna Mackner, whose 22-year-old capital financing and short term borrowing were used to fund operating expenses. These factors placed a very heavy financial burden on New York City which was worsened by an economic downturn, Piikey explained. Washington's state government recently has balanced its budgets by accounting changes which has resulted in a very serious General Fund cash flow problem. This problem temporarily is being met by borrowing against other state .government funds, including revenue from certain bond msues which are to be used for construction purposes. The cash flow situation will worsen if further accounting changes are made, such as paying state employees in July, 1977 for work performed in June ~nd crediting certain prop- erty taxes collected in July to the current biennium in order to show a balanced budget. "Such action definitely would result in the use of registered warrants to pay state govern- ments bills and would be fiscally irresponsible," Pilkey em- phasized. State government officials should consider with care the long range efforts of any proposed solutions to current fiscal problems facing the state. State governmental fiscal prob- lems relate to funding state employee salary increases, pension unfunded liability which now totals about $1.6 bil- lion, school financing, revenue estimates that might be too high in light of economic trends and the effects on state and local government if federal revenue sharing is decreased or eliminated, Pilkey added. "Washington state and most local governments cur- rently are in a relatively good financial position and are not in immediate danger of collapse similar to that occuring in New York, but the potential for such a problem occuring in the future does exist," said William Pilkey, executive vice president of the nongovernmental, citizen supported, Washington State Research Council. New York state and local governments increased their bonded debt by 141.1 percent between fiscal years 1963-64 and 1973-74 compared to 102.0 percent growth in Washing- ton. In 1963-64, short term debt (repayable within one year) represented 9.0 percent of total debt in New York but rose to 20.3 percent in 1973-74. Washington experienced a much more stable relationship with short term debt ammounting to 1.6 percent of total debt in 1973-74. The national figures increased from 5.1 percent to 8.3 percent during that ten year period. Per capita debt amounted to $2,070 in 1973-74 for New York and $1,550 for Washington compared to a national fig- ure of $977. The per capita figure for Washington is 58.6 percent above the national average and the state ranks fifth highest in the nation under this measurement. This is gen- erally due to a high public utility debt that is not experi- enced by most states. This $1.3 billion debt for electric gen- erating and distribution systems represents 31 percent of local government debt and 24 percent of state and local gov- ernment debt combined. Debt in terms of $1,000 of personal income totaled $359.78 for New York in 1973-74 while Washington had $304.84. However, Washington State just experienced an increase in its bond rating which will serve to reduce the in- terest rate on future bond sales. New York City's short term debt amounted to 10.1 per- cent of total debt in 1963-64 compared to 27.4 percent in 1973-74. Seattle's short term debt was 1.0 percent of total debt in 1963-64 compared to 6.1 percent in 1973-74. New York City's financial difficulties were caused by several basic factors, according to the Research Council analysis. First, it continually overestimated revenues. Sec- ond, it underestimated expenditures, particularly in the areas of employee salaries and pension benefits. Third, New Art grandson was killed in an auto accident in California on Saturday. Mike was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Bob Mackner. Funeral services were held in Seattle for Curtis Brothertoa (the former Rose Marming's husband} on November 26 in the Little Cathedral. Engwald Holm, 80, died November 21st in Seattle. He was born in Norway and was a track mechanic for Great Northern Railroad. He leaves three nephews, Adolph Holm, Seattle, Donald Larsen and Kenneth Holm; two nieces, Dasie Pennington, and Jenny Moen, Everett. Engwald was a Skykornish resident for many years. Recent visitors at the Harold Gibson home were Mr. and Mrs. Elbert Burdick and Mrs. Tilley from Belfair, and Mr. and Mrs. William Rtchie (Eva Nelson) of Brookings, Oregon. Nooks and crannies: Mr. and Mrs Russ Kvam celebrated their twentieth wedding anniversary at the Edgewater Inn in Seattle on Saturday night Russ even brought along fishing pole== for the famed fishing out of the hotel's windows! The following day the Kvams and John Henrys at- tended the Postmaster's Christmas p .rty at Frontier Village .... The Police and Fire De- partment converged on the school eve. ing recently thinking the loud alarm that was heard on that end of town originated in the building. Actually, a homeo,:mer nearby entered his house after being out of town without shutting off his burglar alarm .... Lucky area elk hunters were Kirt and Ran Dous, , one of whom bagged a five-point and Brad Pollow, who go a three-point deer .... The Ray Parsons had a well-attended open house. They are now settled in their home on M in Street .... A visit with Alice MeLees at the Convalescent Center in Monroe found her in good spirits -and antici- pating moving back to her apartment in Everett before Christmas. . Pat and Betty Mona- ghan have moved back to their house on Rail- road Avenue after selling their place in Bar- hag .... The Lyle Walls family, who t:ave been living in town, moved back to Grotto recently . . Newcomers to the area are Mr. and Mrs. Lear. Owen and family who occupy a large mo- bile home. He works for the King County Road District .... Mrs. Laura Henry, together with her mother and sister, are on a trip to Hawaii where they will visit Gary ttenry and family. We hope they weren't in the vicinity of the recent earthquake there.... Oleda Gibson prepared a real feast re,.ently when she and Harold had the Earl Gibson's for dinner .... A devoted Monitor News fan, Larry Harding, was ble to get out of Alaska for the Thanks- giving holidays. It seems that getting reserva- tions in and out of the state ,isn't easy since the advent, of the pipelL e .... Larry Boffey celebrated his birthday recently. Pete sez: "The best yearsofama:a's life are when the kids are old enoughto help shovel snow but too young to drive the car." A T MONROE TV SERVICE featuring color master D, =.,...i D~non ago you My. autornabcalhf omnce taro, These color sets also feature Admiral's exclusive %year picture tube adjustment warranty at ~ extra cost. Superb craftsmanship and engineering at a very affordable price. Roll-about stand at NO extra cost. Model 19T99tC On Display VeteransAdmin- tstratton during fiscal Art work created by year 1976 plans to Maggie Bergstrom of Monroe ispend a record $3.9 has joined the round robin art billion on its hospital exhibit displayed at several lo- and medical care pro- cations in the Monroe area. gram. Mrs. Bergstrom's works MORE~ will be on display at First Mu- .ual Savings Bank, Monroe, for the remainder of the month Mrs. Bergs,ram says she became interested in art while in high school and later stud- ied interior design at Shore- line Community College. A resident of Monroe since 1969, she says she became serious about art and art histo- ry following a trip to the East coast in 1973. Following is a schedule of oth :r art displays throughout the area. Bill Easton, Valley General ,spital; Nikki Pinasco, Ever- Federal Savings and Loan ~d Valley Optometric; Doris ollock, Monroe Medical Clin- c; Claire Ellen Furlong, ~eattle First National Bank; )olores Little, Monroe Conva- ,cscent Center; Mary G.M. Raymond, Bank of Everett; Everett Mall Gwen Soderblom, Monroe 355.1400 City Hall; Bill Boyle, East County Senior Center. with any purchase MONROE TV SERVICE 194-5311 in the Monroe Shopping Center Vista Optical Center presents wire frame glasses in an eye opening selection of up to the minute styles for men and women. Gold, Silver, Bronze, Pewter -- you name it and you'll find it at Vista. If your tastes run to precious metals, come see Vista Optical Center's latest collection. Look Into It. J Dec. 18, 1975, Monitor, Monroe, Page Seven and Visit With SAN Friday DECEMBER 19 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Valley Genera/Hospital will serve re fresh m en ts Santa will visit with young- sters from 10 to 1 p.m. and 2 to6 p.m. Polaroid Pictures, for $1.25 ea. will be available. picture 201 W. 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