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Arlington continues budget discussion


Arlington City Council continued its discussion of the 2017 budget at this week’s workshop meeting Monday, Oct. 10.

Council and city staff spent their Saturday in a budget retreat on Oct. 1 to discuss the first draft of the preliminary budget.

This Monday, the city’s finance manager Kristin Garcia was scheduled to provide follow-up information, including a work plan for sidewalk and trail maintenance and other city properties.

“It will be discussed at the next council retreat in April 2017,” Garcia said in council documents.

A work plan is being developed and will be shared in a monthly department report, Garcia said.

Council was provided a list of additional budget items for consideration in the budget if discretionary funding becomes available.

After reviewing the budget and verifying the one month operating reserve policy will be met, Garcia determined the following items could be added to the 2017-2018 budget:

• $10,000 per year for website development.

• $18,000 in 2017 and $38,000 in 2018 for Snohomish County Health District – that is $1 per capita in 2017 and $2 per person in 2018.

• $7,000 increase for beautification of streetscapes.

• And an increase in the mandatory building reserve of $10,000 in 2017 and $90,000 in 2018, for a total contribution of $60,000 in 2017 and $140,000 in 2018 to bring the total to 66 percent.

Other city business

The city’s recreation department is requesting permission to close Third Street for the annual Pumpkin Roll on Saturday, Oct. 27. The event will start at 11 a.m., and the closure from Dunham to Olympic Avenue would be from 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. The event is coordinated by Youth Dynamics.

A street closure is also proposed on Olympic Avenue from Division Street to Fifth Street for line-up for the Santa Parade on Dec. 3, from 11 a.m. to noon.

A closure on Olympic Avenue from Division to First Street would begin at noon, with side streets closed for parade movement. The plan is to close the west side of Olympic Avenue from City Hall to Legion Park for viewing of the parade that is sponsored by the city of Arlington.


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