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Elected mayor initiative: Contributions and endorsements

Contributions are coming for both sides of Federal Way's elected mayor debate.

Accountability Comes to Town (ACT), which supports an initiative to change Federal Way's form of government to include an elected mayor, has received $22,450 in contributions, according to the Public Disclosure Commission Web site. Of those contributions, $10,000 has come from Lee Rabie of Enerco Inc. in Seattle. The Mirror was unable to reach Rabie for comment. According to city council member Jim Ferrell, who is heading ACT's effort, Rabie has had issues building his retirement home in Federal Way due to zoning laws.

ACT founder Roy Parke is listed as contributing at least $1,300. King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg contributed $50 to ACT.

Federal Way Works, the group organized to maintain the city's current form of government, has received $1,550 in contributions so far. The highest contribution came was $500, according to the PDC site. When the initiative appeared on a special ballot in February 2008, the International City Managers Association (ICMA) had donated $10,000 toward the Federal Way Works campaign.

In November, Proposition One will ask Federal Way voters to choose between the current council- manager form of government, or a mayor-council government in which an elected mayor replaces the city manager. If the measure passes, an election will be held within six months, Ferrell said.

Endorsement by police lieutenants

On Monday, the 14-member Federal Way Police Lieutenants Association announced its endorsement of Proposition One, an initiative to change the city's form of government from a council-manager form to one with an elected mayor. Voters will decide on the measure in November. "The association believes a change in city government will enhance communication between citizens, city employees and the business community," the association said in a release.

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