Proud of our accomplishments

By Mayor Joe Marine | Aug 31, 2011

Just in case you haven’t heard, CNN/Money Magazine has named Mukilteo Number 9 on the “Best Places to Live in America” for 2011 [“Mukilteo 9th best in the U.S.,” The Beacon, front page, Aug. 17].  

We can all be especially proud of our many accomplishments that resulted in us making the list for the third consecutive time.  

The CNN/Money list is made up of 100 communities in the nation (under 50,000 populations) and Mukilteo is rated best in Washington (Sammamish is No. 15 and Newcastle is No. 18) and best among all small cities west of the Rockies.

The city’s national recognition from CNN/Money Magazine is a direct reflection of our unique community and the accomplishments of our teachers, school district, businesses, city government, civic groups and volunteers.  

The selection was based on indicators such as population, income, job growth, crime, housing price, school quality, healthcare and financial health.

This is the third time that Mukilteo has been honored and recognized with this distinction.  In 2007, Mukilteo was No. 69; in 2009, it landed at No.10 and in 2011 was named No. 9 in the top 100 Best Places to Live.  

“As West Coast towns go, Mukilteo is in good economic shape,” the magazine wrote.  “Bank-owned homes represent only a small fraction of houses on the market, and area employers, including Boeing, are hiring again.”

As your mayor, I am especially proud of how hard and cooperatively your city council, volunteer commissions and city staff work. They are creative, innovative and know how to make our dollars stretch.     

We have consistently been recognized as a leader in local government finance, environmental stewardship and community design, as evidenced in 2010, when Standard and Poor’s rated Mukilteo with a AAA bond rating.  

We are one in only five cities in Washington state (Mukilteo, Seattle, Bellevue, Redmond and Kirkland) that have qualified for this distinguished designation.

Comparing us to the 100 Best Places to Live, Money Magazine specifically called out Mukilteo as having higher than average home values while having lower than average property taxes, translating to making Mukilteo one of the best deals around.  

Our city has consistently ranked as one of the lowest in tax rates in a 20-city Snohomish County cities comparison.  

With economic challenges for most everyone, including businesses, state and local government, Mukilteo is doing an excellent job in maintaining and sustaining our finances, providing a safe environment while also building beautiful “green” facilities like City Hall, our new Rosehill Community Center and the significant renovations made at Mukilteo Lighthouse Park.  

In July of this year, Mukilteo was awarded a Judge’s Merit Award for Sustainability by Gov. Christine Gregoire as part of the Governor’s Smart Communities Award for Outstanding Achievement in Creating Livable and Vibrant Communities.  

The award recognizes Mukilteo’s considerable efforts over the past several years to build “green” city facilities, including the construction of a new City Hall, new Rosehill Community Center and two phases of Lighthouse Park renovation – all of which incorporate many sustainable, environmentally-friendly and Low Impact Development features.  

These projects demonstrate our core values of protecting the environment, embracing new technologies, welcoming new concepts and not being afraid of being at the forefront as early adopters and problem solvers of any challenge the future presents.

I am honored to celebrate all of our accomplishments and excited about the future, with emphasis on our economic development focus in support of Boeing and Mukilteo aeronautics companies; working collaboratively with Washington State Ferries on a new and improved ferry terminal concept; reclaiming our waterfront; promoting NOAA expansion and redevelopment into a world-class research and education facility open to the public; retaining and promoting existing business expansion and championing enhancements in open space and promoting trails projects that sustain our natural environment, all while keeping a steady hand on our financial health.

Knowing it is not the place but the people that makes us one of the best cities in America, it is truly an honor to be your mayor and to call Mukilteo home.

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