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December 29, 1997

Local News

Bothell passes $69.6 million 1998 budget

  BOTHELL--The Bothell City Council recently passed a $69.6 million budget for 1998 that focuses on public safety and road construction. Two traffic officers, two patrol officers, a school resource officer and a training officer will join the Bothell Police Department while six firefighters for an emergency responder company come on board at the Fire Department. The city hopes to respond to 50 percent of fire and aid calls within 5 minutes. On the roads front, 1998 will be Bothell's biggest construction year with $20.3 million for street improvements. Among big projects:
  
   *$3.1 million to improve the intersection of State Route 522, SR 527 and Main Street;
   * $3 million for additional lanes and bike paths for 228th St. S.E. and 228th St. S.W. west of Canyon Park. Construction begins in summer, 1998;
   * $1.8 million to improve vertical alignment to 228th St. S.E. east of Canyon Park, making the street safe to travel at 30 to 35 mph. Construction begins in 1998.
   *$1 million for acquisition of right-of-way to begin widening and sidewalk improvements to State Route 524 (Filbert Rd.) in the year 2000.
   The city will also look at extending 39th Ave. S.E. between 240th St. S.E. and 228th St. S.E.
   Property taxes were set at $2.01 per $1,000 of assessed value, or $402 on a $200,000 home. The rate represents a 1.9 percent increase over 1997.
  
   City Manager Rick Kirkwood, worried about providing citizens with services, had recommended the City Council set taxes at the maximum 106 percent, and had prepared this year's budget with a 103 percent raise in mind. An estimated $4.5 million will be raised through property taxes in 1998. Sales tax revenues of $4.6 million is expected to pick up the slack a higher property tax would've brought in.
  
   The council also raised storm drain, water and sanitary sewer rates by $1.05, $3.78 and $1.13 per month respectively, due to increases passed down from Seattle Public Utilities. The council set a monthly city-wide emergency medical services utility charge of $3.81 per house and $13.87 per commercial business that will raise $550,000 for basic and advanced life support. Over a half-million dollars in onetime expenditures will be appropriated to neighborhood traffic programs, sidewalk improvements and street overlays. Also, the city set aside $75,000 for a skateboard park to be built next year.