City Council cuts $300,000 in projects from mayor’s budget

November 19, 2013

Highlighted pieces of the mayor’s proposed budget faced a City Council chopping block before they reached a final public hearing.

A plan to remodel the Tibbett’s Creek Manor kitchen, funding for a city business marketing plan and a feasibility study for a city campus were all voted down in the Nov. 7 council work session.

After extended conversations, in which the phrase “financial sustainability” was repeatedly used, the council asked the city’s Finance Department to lop $300,000 off the draft budget. Finance Director Diane Marcotte said the council created the figure with the end of 2014 in mind.

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Property tax increase included in 2014 budget

November 12, 2013

Issaquah could hike property taxes for the first time in eight years.

The mayor’s proposed budget includes a 1 percent increase, the maximum allowed under state law. The increase would add just over 1 cent per thousand to the tax rate, which would mean an annual increase of $3.83 on a $440,000 home if passed. The city last pursued an increase in 2006.

“Inflation has been incurring year after year,” Finance Director Diane Marcotte said, giving a rate of 1.9 percent annually. “I think the mayor wanted to include the 1 percent property tax because it helps to offset the increase of inflation.”

It would add an estimated $70,000 in revenue to city coffers.

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