City begins 1997 budget talks
by Jeff Switzer
WOODINVILLE--With a new parks and recreation department, an additional police sergeant, and "the busiest year for building," running the city next year will cost about $9.5 million, according to Jim Katica, city clerk and treasurer.
"I think the City Council is putting a great deal of resources into parks and recreation, developing the Jerry Wilmot Park with money collected from donations, but also $770,000," Katica said.
A public hearing regarding property taxes, revenue sources, and the six-year capital improvement program is scheduled for Nov. 12. The entire budget will be addressed on Nov. 25.
- Taking over the costs of lighting city streets: $48,000 for operation and $35,000 for new street lights.
- The barricade at Wellington Elementary would become an emergency gate, costing $13,000.
- $1.5 million is earmarked for arterial street projects. Public Services Director Roy Peterson pointed out that city staff had acquired $1.2 million in grants towards projects in the city.
- The King County Department of Adult Detention is considering raising its fees 20 percent, representing a possible $35,000 increase over 1996.
- An additional police sergeant for $105,264 and a continued police contract with King County for $867,305 are planned.
- A budget of $683,924 is planned for the building and permitting department, which has issued $23 million in permits this year already and is currently reviewing $19 million ($10 million of which is Brittany Park) and $5 million, anticipated for the TRF development.
- A Parks and Recreation Commission and Parks Department, including a master plan and numerous programs.
- $49,500 for rental of City Hall, with thoughts towards a 2- to 3-year extension for rental of City Hall, Council Chambers, and miscellaneous rooms.
- Debt service for the purchase of the three acres from Brittany Park for shared parking: $208,000 to $225,000 depending on the bond market.