Marysville officials are putting together the city’s biennial budget for 2019-20 and are seeking public opinion on the current proposal during two hearings in November.
The public hearings have been scheduled, including Nov. 13, which has already been held, and Nov. 26, at 7 p.m. at Marysville City Hall, 1049 State Ave.
Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring and staff have put together their proposal which they will present at the hearings.
After Marysville staff put together a final draft of the proposal, it still has to receive approval from the Marysville City Council, which city officials expect will be by the end of the year.
“What we’re asking the public to review is the mayor’s proposed budget,” said Connie Mennie, communications administrator with the city.
“If they have questions or have requests about the city spending more in this department or spending less in that department, this is the appropriate time to voice those requests,” she said.
The two-year budget doesn’t have any major departures from previous budgets, said Mennie.
“In many ways this is a status quo budget in that it maintains the level of service in our departments,” she said.
A number of major infrastructure projects are part of the budget however.
“One of the biggest differences is the budgeted work on the public safety building which will begin soon,” said Mennie.
In August Marysville voters approved a 0.1 percent sales tax increase for the city to pay for a new building to house the police department and a new jail facility.
Mennie said that the building may be able to house the courts as well.
“Our current police and jail facility is 30 years old and insufficient in size,” she said.
The increased sales tax is scheduled to go into effect on Jan. 1, 2019.
For public safety the city also plans to bring in two new police officers in each of 2019 and 2020.
“That builds on action that the city has taken over the last few years to increase the size of our police department,” said Mennie.
Other transportation and recreation projects are also a part of the budget.
“There are also a number of infrastructure projects that are part of the new proposed budget,” said Mennie.
Those projects include a First Street bypass, which would allow another north-south street in the downtown and Sunnyside area of the city, extending the Ebey Waterfront Trail and connecting the Bayview Trail to the Centennial Trail.
“We’re fortunate to have received a lot of grant funding for those projects as well,” said Mennie.
“So the city will be getting a lot of state and federal money for that construction, not just the Marysville taxpayer money,” she said.
The 2019-20 proposed budget is available online at marysvillewa.gov/124.