Here and Now
Consumer advocates say some commercial tax preparers are offering loans to low-income individuals in anticipation of tax refunds without first disclosing fees or other options. Seattle City Councilman Tom Rasmussen, who has proposed a bill that would prevent tax-loan deceptions, would like to hear from citizens about their experiences with commercial tax preparers and undisclosed fees. A hearing on the issue is 5 p.m. Thursday at the council chambers on the second floor at City Hall, 600 Fourth Ave. Information: www.seattle.gov/council/rasmussen/legislation.htm.
People for Puget Sound, a nonprofit citizens' group dedicated to restoring and protecting natural habitats, is looking for volunteers to monitor and maintain habitats on the Duwamish River. Training sessions are available at the group's headquarters, 911 Western Ave., Suite 580, Seattle. Training sessions are:
• Today from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
• Next Tuesday from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
• Aug. 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., including a field trip to the Duwamish.
Information: 206-382-7007 or www.pugetsound.org.
In response to Gov. Gary Locke's request for state agencies to renew their commitment to voter registration, the State Patrol has established a link to its home page, www.wsp.wa.gov/. The new link takes voters to the secretary of state's site and provides information about general elections, voting guides, voter registration and much more.
Here & Now is compiled by Suesan Whitney Henderson of The Seattle Times staff. To submit an item, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 206-464-2226.
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