On Tuesday night, the Snohomish City Council unanimously passed Mayor Linda Redmon’s proposed 2023-24 budget.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 17, 2022
Snohomish, Wash. – On Tuesday night, the Snohomish City Council unanimously passed Mayor Linda Redmon’s proposed 2023-24 budget with a focus on addressing long-deferred maintenance of infrastructure, stabilizing appropriate staffing levels to meet the needs of residents and businesses, and investing in public safety and emergency preparedness. The $80.9 million biennium budget also included three additional packages added by the Council:
- Creating a dedicated fund to support arts and culture, introduced by Councilmember David Flynn.
- Creating a position solely dedicated to code enforcement, introduced by Councilmember Lea Anne Burke.
- The addition of a salary increase for the Mayor from $1,800 to $2,500 per month, as requested by Council.
"This is a bold budget addressing difficult and long overlooked issues. The City Council appreciates the Mayor and City staff’s clear-eyed assessment of City needs and the hard work required to plan for them. It will serve the citizens of Snohomish well over the coming years," said Council President Tom Merrill.
The Council also voted 6-1 to pass a 1% property tax levy, an increase of $3-4 for the average Snohomish homeowner in 2023 for the City’s portion, increasing revenue for the City by about $12,990 annually. (This does not account for other tax districts that may implement levies in the City of Snohomish, including school districts, fire districts, Snohomish County, etc.)
Specific priorities outlines in the approved budget include:
- Resources for addressing the community’s concerns about meeting needs for housing, mental health and addiction services, and other public safety issues that impact our police
- A down payment on the more than $50M in deferred maintenance and infrastructure projects, such as the North Sewer Trunk Line and a new long-term plan to replace the water system in the Avenues
- Sufficient staffing to perform necessary maintenance and meet increased permit requirements
- Comprehensive evaluation of traffic and pedestrian infrastructure, including funding for a sidewalk repair partnership program and planning for a 22nd Street and Terrace Avenue connector road.
- Beginning construction on the initial phases of the Averill Field playground and sports areas
- Funding for the required update to the City’s Comprehensive plan, including community engagement components
- Improving emergency preparedness and plans for response to and recovery from disasters
- Digitization and provision of online public access to City records and information
“One of my priorities as mayor is to effectively and efficiently invest our fiscal resources back into the City to ensure a bright future for Snohomish. I’m grateful that the Council is aligned with that vision and look forward to our continued commitment to preserving and strengthening our community,” said Mayor Redmon.
Learn more at https://snohomishwa.gov/budget.
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