City Council questions budget balancing

October 22, 2013

The Issaquah City Council dove into the mayor’s proposed budget Oct. 14 and brought large questions about the use of ending fund balances.

While the majority of remarks made in the first televised meeting of budget season from the council concerned relatively small matters, members called into question the matter of pulling money out of the ending fund balance in order to correct over-spending or lack of revenue in individual departments.

According to the mayor’s budget, fiscal year 2012 had a beginning fund balance of $8.77 million in the general fund. In 2013, there was a beginning fund balance of $8.15 million. Next year has a budget of $7.97 million in its beginning fund balance and an expected ending fund balance of $7.55 million. This is compared with general fund expenditures that have risen by almost $5 million since 2012.

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Issaquah hoodwinks Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District customers

September 13, 2013

NEW — 10:40 a.m. Sept. 13, 2013

A city of Issaquah employee registered websites in May in an apparent effort to deceive customers of the Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District.

Mayor Ava Frisinger said in a letter the move directed by the administration was designed to counter a “misinformation campaign” from the district.

In a Sept. 12 press release, the district pointed to two domain names it found similar to ones it employs in business practices. Both sites, owned by Issaquah, not only resembled the established domains of the district, but also took an Internet user straight to a city webpage entitled “Our water, our city.”

“The Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District recently learned that the city of Issaquah has created at least two misleading Internet domains similar to those used by the district to redirect customers to Issaquah’s websites,” the press release reads. “This came to the district’s attention when a customer called and explained how she kept ending up on the Issaquah city website every time she typed in what she thought was the district’s website URL.”

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Council approves 2014 annexation vote of Klahanie area

July 30, 2013

With a vote of 6-1, the Issaquah City Council decided July 15 to place the future of Klahanie’s residents in the hands of the area’s voters.

As opposed to the vocal public hearings and numerous hours examining the Nesbitt Planning Inc. financial study, City Finance Director Diane Marcotte delivered a short presentation and City Administrator Bob Harrison summarized the Land & Shore Committee’s recommendation that the council send the decision to voters in February.

“When we go through and look at the cost that they’re currently paying, versus what they would pay if they came into the city of Issaquah, they would be paying about $380 less a year,” Marcotte said of Klahanie residents’ property tax. She added that the study found annexation would be beneficial to Issaquah as well. “Each year, we should be having some additional revenue, and that is around $650,000 a year. There still is sufficient revenue, but it may take a little longer to accomplish some of the council’s goals.”

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