Mayor unveils proposed 2011 city budget Monday

October 1, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 8 a.m. Oct. 1, 2010

Mayor Ava Frisinger plans to roll out a proposed 2011 city budget Monday night and outline spending priorities after a year of cost-cutting measures.

Frisinger is due to present the proposal to the City Council at 7:30 p.m. Monday. The council meets in the Council Chambers at City Hall South, 135 E. Sunset Way.

The announcement launches at least a month of deliberations between council members and city staffers to produce a final budget.

The process starts Tuesday night, as leaders from nonprofit organizations — Village Theatre, DownTown Issaquah Association, Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, Issaquah Chamber of Commerce, Issaquah Historical Society, Issaquah Valley Senior Center and AtWork! — present requests to the council. City department chiefs present budgets to the council Oct. 13 and 20.

Find the complete budget deliberation schedule here.

The council must approve the spending plan by the end of the year; the decision is scheduled for Dec. 21.

City leaders approved a $99 million budget last December. The city deferred roads and parks upgrades last year in order to reduce expenses in a tough economy. The lean budget did not raise property taxes or rates for city services.

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