Northwest NEWS

December 11, 2000

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Bothell City Council adopts 2001 budget

The City of Bothell City Council adopted the Year 2001 budget at its regular meeting on Nov. 20. Total funds for the budget are $51,457,131 before transfers and ending fund balances. Transfers include movement of money between City facilities and administrative operations.
   Total operating budget is $25,418,914 and the total budget for all funds is $61,667,133.
   "City staff worked diligently to plan and develop the Year 2001 budget in a timely manner," said City Manager Jim Thompson. "The City Council put in many hours of analysis and review during three workshops with staff, four Council meetings with public testimony and additional committee meetings. We applaud their efforts in passing a balanced City budget."
   Highlights of Year 2001 budget include funds for the lease-purchase of a new fire ladder truck, a new integrated financial and management system that will link multiple datebases for efficiency and economy and a canine unit in the police department. There are also funds allocated to address transporation needs in our City such as traffic calming initiatives and adding a new traffic sergeant and two patrol officers in the police department.
   Another priority for the City is code enforcement, which is reflected in the Year 2001 budget - the City will hire an additional code enforcement officer for a total of two in the Community Development Department.
   The total City Year 2001 budget is lower than the previous year as a result of staff and City Council working hard to reduce its cost of doing business while maintaing the same high level of service.
   City of Bothell Year 2001 budget copies are available for review at City Hall (18305 101st Avenue NE).