City Council adopts lean budget for 2011

December 28, 2010

By Staff

City Council members adopted the 2011 municipal budget in a unanimous decision Dec. 20.

The council endorsed the lean spending plan after months of deliberations. The budget did not include property tax or rate hikes.

The general fund — the dollars used to fund police and fire services, community development and planning, parks and recreation, and municipal government — amounted to $30.4 million for next year.

In October, Mayor Ava Frisinger proposed a trim budget for 2011. Then, council members added modifications to the document until mid-November. The council discussed the budget during a Dec. 6 public hearing and then directed staffers to prepare the plan for adoption.

The spending plan calls for free rides on King County Metro Transit Route 200 buses to end in 2011. The document also emphasizes short-term street upgrades, such as repairs to potholes.

In a letter sent to Frisinger before the Dec. 6 meeting, the council called for funds to be transferred from long-term road projects to pay for $530,000 in short-term street upgrades.

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