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City Council looks at budget


October 25, 2017 | View PDF

At this week’s workshop meeting Arlington City Council was scheduled to review amendments of the 2017 budget in preparation for the 2018 budget.

A public hearing is scheduled on Nov. 6 on changes to this year’s budget and on a 1 percent increase on the general property tax and EMS tax levy.

A vote on budget amendments and tax levies will be presented for council approval Nov. 20.

A budget retreat was held Oct. 7.

Finance Director Kristin Garcia identified three items that must be approved to complete the budget process this year: amendments for 2017, modifications for 2018 and the tax levies.

In response to a request from council modifications include an additional $5,000 for a social services fund and additional spending authority in 2018 for recruitment incentive to hire police officers.

Amendments for 2017 total more than $1.8 million to adjust for unexpected revenues and cost increases. Unexpected revenue sources include grants, accumulated reserves and donations, Garcia said.

Proposed amendments include leave buy out for retirements or other employment separation; comp time payout provision in the police union contract to reduce the city’s leave liability and possibly reduce overtime; credit card fees, jail costs, overtime, memberships, rent and transfers to cemetery fund for cash flow.

Amendments to the 2017 budget include current and projected interfund loans to EMS Fund, repayment of those loans and increased transfers from operations to capital reserve fund for future project spending.

Proposed modifications for 2018 total over $12.5 million to adjust for “now known” facts on revenues and costs, Garcia said.

Proposed modifications include carryover for the Arlington Valley Road project, new capital spending for a Burlington Northern railroad crossing project, a roundabout at 204th Street NE, and fog/crack sealing on airport runway 16/34, to be paid with capital reserves and grants.

Modifications include $322,000 in discretionary spending for two police officers, a code enforcement position, an embedded social worker position and an increase in training budgets, with funding for a tuition reimbursement program, and staff raises to bring salaries to market level. Modifications include increases in medical premiums and retirement contributions, jail costs and liability insurance.

The budget reflects an increase of 1 percent for both the regular property tax levy and the EMS levy for an increase of $61,242 in the regular property tax levy and an increase of $9,836 in the EMS levy , Garcia said.

Resolutions for both levies must be submitted to Snohomish County by Nov. 30.

Council is also reviewing proposed changes to city code “to make sure current uses are relevant, said Marc Hayes, community and economic development director, in council meeting documents.

He said that staff found items such as storage units and types of single family residential units that were no longer viable or applicable in their current zoning an has proposed removing single family homes — site built and modular structures — from residential high density zones and adding distribution centers, storage, shipping and moving containers to the light industrial (LI) and general industrial (GI) zones.

A vote is planned for Oct. 30.

Staff is also seeking permission to surplus a 1991 Ford Econo van, 2002 Jeep Liberty, 1996 International Ladder Truck, 1993 Ford Ranger Pickup 2000 Chevrolet Pickup, and a 2004 International Cab and Chassis.

At the workshop meeting, Jim Kelly requested permission to accept a $50,000 grant from the state Department of Ecology to help manage the city’s stormwater programs and improve water quality by reducing stormwater pollutants going into the river and Puget Sound.

Kelly also requested authority to accept the $50,000 grant from the Community and Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) to help develop a development plan. for the Arlington-Marysville Manufacturing Industrial Center (MIC).

The city must send documents of approval to the CERB office by Nov. 6, Kelly said. The city must match the grant with $16,667.


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