City Council funds Chamber of Commerce for Visitors Center
by Jeff Switzer
With the Woodinville Chamber of Commerce gaining momentum for its new visitors center, the Woodinville City Council voted 6-0 to approve $40,000 in funding for 1995 and 1996 to help provide services that promote tourism in the city.
Of the $40,000, $8,000 will be for the remainder of 1995 to help fund an events calendar for 1996 and other activities the chamber has been developing.
The remainder of the balance will go towards promoting the City of Woodinville on a regional level through many media, including advertising, lure brochures, and a shopping guide listing area businesses and tourist attractions, such as Molbak's, Columbia, Ste. Michelle, and Redhook.
In other news, the council:
- Voted unanimously to approve an ordinance regulating street banners.
- Voted 4-2, with Mayor Lucy DeYoung and Councilmember Bob Dixon voting against and Councilmember Art Saulness excused, to approve first reading of the ordinance adopting the 1996 budget. DeYoung argued that the budget doesn't relate the council's goals to each of the departmental budgets explicitly, and compared it to the City of Burien's style, which does. "My philosophy on the budget is that it is the major way the council can represent and influence the direction of the city," DeYoung said. "As an elected official, this is THE most important ordinance in the entire year, a way for us to meld the dollars to the goals." Dixon agreed, adding his dissenting vote to the Mayor's. The other four councilmembers felt that dedicating the final three meetings of the year to discussing the budget and approving first reading of the ordinance was appropriate. The council's Dec. 4 study session is dedicated exclusively to the 1996 budget, and a special meeting has been scheduled for Dec. 20 in Room 25 of City Hall should they need it to pass the final budget. If the council fails to pass the budget before Jan. 1, 1996, no money may be spent in 1996.