Check out 2010 city budget proposal online

October 8, 2009

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 3:30 p.m. Oct. 8, 2009

Mayor Ava Frisinger presented her 2010 budget to City Council members Monday night. Review the proposed spending plan on the Web, at City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way, and at the Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sunset Way.

City department leaders will review proposed 2010 budgets with council members Oct. 29. The council will then hold a public hearing Nov. 2 to discuss possible property tax increases. Frisinger did not recommend any property tax hikes, or fee and rate increases, in her budget.

The council will hold a final public hearing on the budget Dec. 7. Members will adopt a 2010 budget by late December.

The hearings are set up to allow taxpayers to offers comments about the budget. The hearings will be held in the council chambers at City Hall South, 135 E. Sunset Way.

Frisinger proposed a $29.8 million general fund budget for next year — a drop from the $32.3 million general fund budget approved by the council last December. Most of the savings stems from 27 employee vacancies.

City officials laid off 15 employees last month and avoided filling vacant positions throughout 2009. In August, seven city employees opted for a severance package and stepped down.

The city is down to 228 full-time employees after starting the year with 255.

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