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Friday, July 13, 2012 - Page updated at 06:00 a.m.
Town of Gold Bar may dissolve after money troubles
The Associated Press
Facing budget woes, the town of Gold Bar may dissolve.
The Everett Herald reports (http://bit.ly/MlPhGh) that voters of the city of 2,100 people will have a choice in November of either raising property taxes to patch up budget troubles or dissolve and become part of unincorporated Snohomish County.
As the story goes, in 1889 a miner found traces of gold on a river gravel bar, set up a prospectors camp and called it Gold Bar. Twenty-one years later this tiny town incorporated as a city of the same name.
Mayor Joe Beavers blames public records requests that have led to lawsuits. He says this year's tab may hit $90,000, roughly one-sixth of the city's entire general fund.
In King County, the city of Normandy Park is facing a similar choice in November.
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