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, , (,]/ "' U " " . 'nh,i ,;tP, Portland, Orojon 9?209 THE 1 S SAQUAH P RES S Twenty-fivecents per copy SERVING ISSAQUAH SINCE 1900 Vol. 83, No. 1, January 5, 1983 Trees of frost Last week's cold nights ferried huge crystals of frost on roads, grass, rooftops and these bare trees on the northern flops of Cougar Mountaln. While the sun melted most away with  short puff of steam, he frost remained intact In the frigid shady spots. Photo by Rodl hemeta Ludlum. Holiday Inn of Issaquah invites you to listen to the enjoyable music of "PROMISES" in our Lounge LOUNGE HOURS: TUES.-SAT. 5 P.M..2 A.M. LUNCH: 11 A.M.-2 P.M. 00QUAH Exit 15 off 1-90 392-6421 School board takes its first look at a reduced budget for next year The Issaquah School Bo=rd will take its llrst look at preliminary planl for the '83-'84 so;heel budgtt during two meetings this Wk. First drafts of the budget written by business manage Harold Skow with revisbns by Superintendent Clip John- son, call for cuts of $140,000, based on predicted , enroll- ment drop aext year. The board will diuss the budget in special reetings held Wednesday, Jaluary 5 at 7 p.m. and Sturday, January 8 at 10 a.n. Both meetings will be held in the Administration Service Center. Administrators eetimate there will be about 300 fewer students in the district next year, meaning approximately 20 fewer teachers will be needed. The equivalent of 10 full time classroom aides also need to be cut, though one section of the draft budget notes "this is probably an impossible reduction." Since all aides are part-time employees, it is difficult to say how many people would be affected by the reduction. Last year's budget was based on district enrollment of 7,200 students, but the budget was quickly reduced last September when less than 7,000 students actually showed up. The district figures it will have 6,753 stu- dents in the next school year. The school board must decide what to do about a deficit of $131,170 in the ad- ministration's preliminary budget plan. It must also decide whether or not to ac- cept the administration's assumption that $472,533 cut by the legislature last August will be restored in the coming year. The proposed budget also assumes there will be lit- tle money for middle school planning and that the state will pay for all salary in- creases. Correction In the December 29 issue, the Press incorrectly reported that a bond issue to pay for remodeling the police station would cost taxpayers $1.46 per thousand dollars of assessed valuation. The cor- rect figure is 14.6 cents per thousand. Sales tax up until '84 by Rhoda Donkin Issaquah will have a .5 per- cent sales tax increase until mid 1984. The city council voted Monday night to ex- tend the time period for im- posing the maximum city sales tax allowed by state laws. The council voted to keep the higher tax rate following a public hearing where four people spok, all in favor of the increase. Of the .5 per- cent tax increase, .2 percent will pay for remodeling the Issaquah police station. The hearing was held because the council had been unable to agree on where the money to pay for the police station should come from, although they did agree the project was necessary. The station will be re- modeled at the same time the new state-funded city jail is built beginning in June 1983. The estimated cost of the re- modeled station is $240,000. The .2 percent sales tax would cost about $18.51 for each household, over the approximately one year and three months it would be levied. That figure is based on the assumption that Issa- quah residents would pay about 20 percent of the total sales tax collected, with a large part of the revenue coming from people all around the Issaquah area. The council considered two other options for generating the needed remodeling money. A 10- year bond issue was ad- vocated by councilman Ernie Smith who called the sales tax "the most regressive tax we could possibly levy." The bond would cost about $145.91 on a $100,000 home over ten years. A .25 percent real estate excise tax was originally recommended by Council President Rowan Hinds who changed his mind after hear- ing the unanimous public opinion in favor of the sales tax at the hearing. The excise tax would put $250 in city coffers for every $100,000 home sold. Based on 1981 real estate sales, it would take six years to pay for the police station with that tax. Speaking in favor of the .2 percent sales tax increase, past president of the Issa- quah Chamber of Commerce Dave Kingery said he sup- ported the tax because it would be the most conve- nient for taxpayers at the least cost. Linda Ruehle, city clerk, who spoke as a city resident, said the small change it would cost her would not provoke her to shop in another city. She called it "the fairest, most equitable and fiscally responsible way to fund the station." Bill Lawrence, former real estate agent in town, spoke against a bond because its in- terest over the next decade would make it an expensive option. He didn't like the real estate excise tax, saying houses are already expensive enough and the tax would discourage developers. Council members Clark and Ernie Smith were the on- ly two who voted against the .2 percent tax. Clark said it was "too easy for public of- ficials to lean on the option of a sales tax to pay for capital improvements." Smith said a public hearing was an inadequate method of gathering public opinion. "The way to do it is at the polls, where they can vote on a bond, having done their homework." The .2 percent sales tax will be levied in April 1983 when it previously was to be rescinded. The council voted in December to levy .5 per- cent increase to balance the 1983 city budget and to roll that tax back to .3 percent in April. Now the higher amount will be imposed for at least the next year. The council also briefly discussed lifting the .2 per- cent once the money for the police station has been col- lected. Anna Darling is no longer alone in a world o{ silence i by Rhoda Donkin Some people with severe handicaps go through life cut off and friendless. Anna Darling, totally deaf : and mute since birth, has gone through life sometimes alone, but never friendless. At 04, the mother of four grown children came back to Issaquah three months ago to live at Hutchison House. Born and raised in town, she had been gone for many years, but when she returned her name was familiar to more than a few people. She moved into her apart- ment with a lifetime of hand- made quilts and weavings, evidence of time spent doing things with her hands when she couldn't indulge in hours of socializing. She brought odd pieces of familiar fur- niture, an old stuffed chair, a black walnut buffet. It all fit into the little apartment that is to be her home for years to come. But surrounded by her cozy apartment, she settled once again into a deep silence, so familiar she never thought to complain. When Faye Palmer, a neighbor upstairs, heard about Darling, she offered to help. Palmer had worked with deaf people for years and offered to be the inter- pretor, through sign lan- guage, between Darling and the hearing world. Still, it wasn't uncommon for Palmer to spend half an hour jiggling a piece of paper under the door to try and get Darling's attention. Word spread through the senior community about a WOman at Hutchison House who delighted in meeting people, but was inaccessible once she closed her apart- ment door. People remembered Darl- ing from ten years ago, a widow living on Vaughn Hill with four teenage children. She spent every spare minute collecting recyclables to raise money for a new meeting house for the Puget Sound Association of the Deaf. Each month she single- handedly collected OVer 1,000 pounds of newspaper and tin coffee lids to be recycled, the proceeds contributing to a new and bigger club house. The Press did an article on this "astonishing woman" who claimed her silent world did not impede her ability to do anything she wanted. But that wasn't the case at Hutchison House years later. Signing through Palmer, Darling gestures the words, "I love people and I want to visit with them." The seniors took up the cause of Anna Darling a month ago. A letter pub- lished in the Press asked for donations to pay for a special sonar device which would give Darling visual means of "hearing" her doorbell. Tommie Troutman, direc- tor of the Senior Center, said the $490 needed for the machine came from a variety of donors. One anonymous donor offered to pay for the whole thing. So did the Issa- quah Speech and Hearing League. But Troutman said, as much as possible, it would be a community effort. Last week with $375 in private donations and $110 from the Speech and Hearing League, Troutman called Michigan and ordered the "sonar alert." On Tuesday afternoon, her husband, Frank, installed the unit. It was all Darling could do to keep her hands from repeating "Thank you, thank you, everyone. It's wonder- ful, wonderful, wonderful." Now when someone pushes her doorbell, the liv- ing room lamp flashes, catch- ing her attention. The device is also connected to the fire alarm and the downstairs intercom. Three different flashing sequences alert Darl- ing for different reasons. Someday another lamp may be added to her bedroom and possibly a vibrator under her bed to wake her up in an emergency. But for now Anna Darling feels more connected to the outside world of caring peo- ple than ever before in her life. Explaining her joy she gestures too fast and even Palmer can't keep up. Darl- ing doesn't seem to notice, and grabs a stack of paper on her kitchen counter. In per- fect longhand she writes: "God bless everyone. Thank you all the people who gave me this!" P O Anna Darling (left), and Faye Palmer communicate with sign language In front of Darling's living room lamp, which will flash from now on when someone pushes her doorbell.