MUKILTEO, Washington, September 17, 2021 – As the city of Mukilteo approaches the November 15 deadline for its provisional budget 2022, the city council held a special session on September 13 to discuss spending considerations, revenue considerations and other budget ideas.
According to the preliminary 2022 budget, the city of Mukilteo will receive a total of $ 35,504,156 in revenue and spend $ 39,673,539. Mayor Gregerson’s goals for the 2022 tentative budget are to bring service levels back to pre-pandemic levels, provide core services, and support the city’s vision of a sustainable, well-run city with safe, strong neighborhoods.
Shawn Hunstock, Finance Director, gave a presentation on the Budget Report, which included the following considerations.
- The spending considerations include a full year of funding for Road Maintenance Workers II and the utility planner approved by the council at the June 21st meeting.
- Return to the full occupation of the Rosehill Community Center approved by the council during its August 2nd meeting.
- Equipment exchanges and facilities approved during the July 14th Council meeting.
Sales considerations for 2022
- The general fund includes a 1% increase in property tax of approximately $ 57,000
- The general fund includes a 0.50% increase in franchise fees for water and sewage by mid-year of approximately $ 27,900 as allowed under existing arrangements and implements incremental increases previously approved by the council
- Takes over the full year of open operations for the Rosehill Community Center
- The government shared revenue amounts for 2022 show a slight increase compared to the 2021 amounts
- The budget of the General Fund is balanced with income equal to expenses
- All funds comply with the Fund Credit Reserves Policy
- Hotel / motel accommodation tax expense not confirmed until council reviews LTAC recommendations
Mukilteo Budget ideas for the city council
- $ 10,000 for the tree planting drive
- $ 21,000 for dog park maintenance
- $ 16,000 for the expanded flower basket program
- $ 5,000 for suicide prevention efforts
- $ 7,000 for gun security initiatives
- $ 36,000 for the dirt bike course
- $ 10,676 for art grants
- $ 20,000 for diversity, equity and inclusion training
Following the Hunstock presentation, the Council had the opportunity to ask questions and discuss budget items.
Councilor Bob Champion asked what kind of permits and ordinances would be required for tree planting initiatives and what the gun safety initiatives would be like. Gregerson responded that the tree planting would take place in areas of the city that didn’t require a permit, and Hunstock explained that the gun safety initiatives would essentially be a buyback program for residents who drop off firearms.
Councilor Elizabeth Crawford emphasized her support for diversity, equity and inclusion training and the maintenance of urban dog parks.
Next Steps for the Mukilteo budget
The council set its objectives and overview at its May 10th meeting, reviewed the draft facility and equipment budget items (NBIs) on June 14th, reviewed and reviewed the NBI draft staff and programs on July 12th on the 9th so far. The next steps to consolidate the budget are based on the following calendar:
- Preliminary CIP feedback on September 27th
- Opening of the Mayor’s preliminary hearing and budget address and further feedback on the CIP on October 4th
- Working session on CIP feedback October 11th
- Public hearing on the provisional budget and property tax on October 18th
- Special session on CIP questions / feedback on October 25th
- Continue and close preliminary budget PH, open final PH on November 1st
- Final budget hearing feedback / questions and adopting CIP 2022-2027 November 8th
- Continuation and conclusion of public hearings and adoption of property taxes and adoption of the final budget on November 15th
September 7th Council meeting on capital improvements
Council members discussed the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) 2022-2027 and future development plans for the Sector 3 portion of Harbor Pointe, which includes the Sno-Isle Library, Harbor Pointe Senior Living, the Montessori Hotel and the Skybridge Suite Hotel in their town council meeting on 9/7 .
The Washington State Growth Management Act requires the local jurisdiction to include an element of capital (RCW 36.70A.070) in the GMA’s comprehensive plans.
One of the requirements of the facilities element is a six-year plan to fund these capital facilities within the forecast funding capacity and to identify public sources of funds for these purposes.
For the city of Mukilteo, capital investments primarily include transportation, surface water, parks and municipal facilities (police stations, fire stations, town hall, Rosehill Community Center).
The city is still preparing its six-year capital improvement plan and the document is still in the works.
Finance Director Shawn Hunstock made a presentation to the council and had the opportunity to discuss.
Mukilteo’s six-year CIP plan is currently expected to be divided into two sections.
Section 1 will contain general explanatory information on capital facility planning.
Section 2 identifies capital projects that represent the six-year CIP (water, transport, parks, recreation, shoreline masters program, waterfront masters program, etc.)
The next step for the Council is to approve the CIP document, which is currently due for discussion and adoption at the November 8th meeting.
Port Pointe Development
Sector 3 is approximately 45 acres and one of 21 Sectors in Harbor Pointe that were established by Snohomish County prior to its incorporation into Mukilteo. Each sector has unique development needs.
A development contract, a site-specific development contract between the city and private property owners under state law RCW 36.70B.170-210, was passed in 2022 to redesign Section 3 as the pedestrian-friendly, commercially-oriented âMukilteo Town Square. âAccording to the contract, residential uses are not permitted.
Previously, the property owners of property 4A proposed concepts and uses that were not permitted under this agreement. The owners would have had to make fundamental changes to the agreements in order to pursue their development proposals. The landowners of plots 9 and 10 have proposed concepts informally, but have not been in contact with the city for more than 12 months.
The development agreement allows schools, retail outlets and offices on property 4A (west side of Harbor Place) with buildings up to Harbor Place to shield the parking lots.
The development agreement stipulates that lots 9-10 (the 5 acre area in front of Mukilteo Speedway) have grocery stores, gas stations, retail stores, hotels and offices, so retail stores line Harbor Place to enhance the street scene.
The owners of 4A proposed a 32-unit row house development on the vacant lot between the Montessori School and Harbor Pointe Senior Living, but living is not permitted under the Section 2 Agreement Area.
The decision to dissolve the agreement and the redesign of Sector 3 or to maintain the agreement and wait for future proposals that better fit the vision was presented to the Council.
After a presentation by Community Director Dave Osaki, the council discussed the options.
âI like the idea of ââthe current vision. . . . We are deteriorating in many aspects of our city and what we offer to the residents, and if it is our job as lawmakers to speak to developers who say these are the types of developments a planned community wants to see, then do so I like, âsaid Alderman Bob Champion.
Champion added that the developers should have known and considered the agreement when purchasing the property.
âWhat I would like to see personally. . . is a bag to walk and have ice cream with your kids or ride a bike with your kids, âadded Councilor Elizabeth Crawford.
After public comments and mostly negative comments from the council on housing development on Sector 3, Osaki decided to return what had been discussed to the property owners for re-examination at a future meeting.