Issaquah City Council members recently adopted a sustainable City budget for 2014.
In reflection of our strengthening-but-still-vulnerable economy, the budget focuses on essential services.
In a unanimous decision Nov. 18, 2013, the council approved the spending plan. The decision followed a series of budget workshops conducted by the council. Mayor Ava Frisinger presented her proposed budget to the council in early October.
The council adjusted the mayor’s proposed spending plan by $240,225 for a total budget of $138,124,649.
To help maintain long-term needs, the budget includes a 1 percent increase in the property tax rate. With the increase, the average cost to an owner of a $420,000 home would be $4.20 per year.
In a letter to the mayor, City Council President Fred Butler outlined the council’s changes to the mayor’s proposed budget.
“I’d like to commend the administration and staff for their dedication throughout the budget process and for being very responsive to all of our questions and concerns,” Butler wrote. “I would also like to thank the council for all their hard work during these deliberations.”
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