Council recommends study for pool financing
December 6, 2011
By Warren Kagarise
The city intends to survey Issaquah School District residents about support for financing a pool and other parks amenities next year.
City Council members included the pool proposal and others on a list of changes to the 2012 city budget.
In October, Mayor Ava Frisinger sent to the council a $32 million general fund budget — dollars used to fund police and fire services, community development and planning, parks and recreation, and municipal government.
Overall, the council’s recommended changes amount to $4.1 million. The change to the general fund is $469,784.
The total proposed city budget — including dollars for capital expenses and from other accounts — is $85.7 million after the council’s recommended changes.
The budget adjustment is routine. The council offers changes to the mayor’s proposed budget each year to produce a concrete spending plan.
In a letter to Frisinger, Council President John Traeger outlined changes to the 2012 spending plan.
“The council recognizes the administration’s efforts in responsibly managing the budget in these tough economic times,” Traeger wrote.
The council is due to adopt the 2012 spending plan Dec. 19.
In addition to the pool study — a step to renovate or replace the aging Julius Boehm Pool — council members called for the municipal Parks & Recreation Department to offer and market additional programs. The council said additional programs could generate more dollars for the city.
The popular Julius Boehm Pool no longer meets demand for high school and club swim teams, recreational swimmers and children’s swimming lessons due to its age and other factors, but passing a municipal bond to salvage the facility could prove to be a tough sell.
The pool services residents from the school district. Financing a replacement pool could require cities intersecting school district boundaries — Bellevue, Newcastle, Renton and Sammamish — to sign off on a deal.
The council also recommended adding dollars to fill a vacant police officer position next year.
Leftover dollars from building Eastside Fire & Rescue Station 72 — a showcase for “green” technology — should be used for affordable housing, street improvements and repairs to the troubled retention wall along Southeast Black Nugget Road behind Fred Meyer and The Home Depot.
The council called for a study to evaluate local water systems. In addition to the city water utility, Bellevue and the Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District serve customers inside Issaquah city limits.
The council is expected to adjust the budget further, perhaps early next year, in order to implement a staff reorganization recommended by Seattle consultant Moss Adams.
Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.