FREE Tax Preparation!

United Way of King County’s Free Tax Preparation Campaign saves low-income constituents in King County from spending upwards of $300 in tax preparation fees.  Our 850 trained volunteers help participants claim the refundable credits for which they are eligible. With 24 sites across King County (see attached list for locations and hours), workers making under $62,000 per year can drop-in to a Free Tax Prep site in or near your city.  See the flyers below for more information.

Free Tax Campaign_Legislative One Pager


Complete Our Survey and Enter to Win a $25 VISA Gift Card

Enter to win $25 VISA Gift Card

Have you hired a carpet cleaner, painter or pressure washer in the past 2 years?  Or do you plan to in the near future? If so, the City of Covington wants to hear from you.  Please take this online survey and be entered to win 1 of 8 total $25 VISA gift cards!

The survey will take about 5 minutes to complete, and will be available until Friday, March 18.  Please help me spread the word to other Covington residents who might be interested in participating.

Thank you.

Covington Town Center

Your Covington City Council has worked hard to preserve an area that can become the city’s town center.  This area will include a park, public plaza, mixed use residential and commercial space, and a city hall.  The area designated for this town center is on Wax Road where the current Covington Elementary School is located.  Take a look at this aerial picture showing the site currently and a proposed rendering of what this space will look like.



Want to Join?

Registration for the 2016 Covington Citizens Police Academy is now open!  The King County Sheriff’s Office and the cities of Maple Valley and Covington are working cooperatively to help citizens gain a better understanding of police operations through education and interaction with law enforcement officers.  The citizen’s academy classes will be held every Thursday evening from 6-9 p.m. from April 7 through June 9.  This is a free opportunity and something graduates have loved participating in.

The Citizens’ Academy provides hands on law enforcement training with sessions including Patrol Procedures, Firearms, 911 Communications, Narcotics, K-9, Major Crimes Investigations, Major Accident Investigations, and Defensive Tactics.

So, do you want to join?

Applications can be found on the Maple Valley Police Facebook page, on their website at or at the Covington Police Department located at 16720 SE 271st Ave., Suite #100, Covington, WA.

For more information, please contact Robin Larsen at 425-413-5158.

Higher Education in Covington

The last two days members of the city council and I were in Olympia sharing our Covington message with legislators.   In addition to transportation and state shared revenues, we discussed funding for a higher education needs assessment.   If funded, the assessment would be conducted by the Washington Student Achievement Council and give us a better idea of the need in our area.  We are happy that our request has the support of all three of our legislative delegation.  The link below shows an info-graphic of our request.


Legislature and Your Voice

It is that time of year again. The Washington Legislature has convened for the 2016 session.  With the 2015 session being one of the longest ever, legislators are trying to keep this year’s session short.  However, even though it is a short session, Covington will be doing our best to make our voices heard!

As we travel to Olympia and share our message what would you like us to say?  What issues do our legislators need to be aware of?

Are you Engaged?

Citizen engagement in a community is one of those issues that seems to continually inflict a city council that strives to have more involvement from residents.  Being engaged is something we try to make convenient and accessible.  Here are a few easy ways to stay engaged:

  1. Read the local news paper.  They consistently cover the news in Covington.
  2. Follow the city on social media.
  3. Call, email, tweet, or send a message on Facebook.
  4. Show up at a public meeting.  The second and fourth Tuesdays at 7:00 the council is here to hear you.

Are there others ways you would like your city to communicate with you?