Mukilteo's 2018 city budget in the works

By Brandon Gustafson | Oct 25, 2017
Photo by: Brandon Gustafson

Pavement preservation and the Harbour Reach Corridor project, projected at $830,500 and $16.852 million, respectively, are among the most costly items in the proposed budget for 2018.

With less than two months until Mukilteo’s 2018 budget is scheduled to be officially adopted, Mukilteo’s City Council held a special meeting Monday, Oct. 23 reviewing new budget items and projections for 2018.

Michelle Meyer, Mukilteo’s finance director, led the presentation to Mayor Jennifer Gregerson, Council President Bob Champion, Vice President Steve Schmalz and Councilmembers Ted Wheeler and Richard Emery.

The new budget items were divided into four categories: capital projects, facility renewals, vehicles and equipment and operating.

For the capital projects, that includes pavement preservation, the Peace Park, the BTW Program (By the Way Program, or biking, transit, walking) and the Harbour Reach Corridor project.

In regards to the Harbour Reach Corridor project, that is fully paid for under a state grant.

The pavement preservation was a large topic at the meeting for some of the councilmembers, who had questions regarding the specifics.

Councilmembers Schmalz and Wheeler addressed the difference in cost between 1.5-inch and 2-inch overlay for new pavement and whether it would be more cost efficient to have some streets with less traffic to get 1.5 inches of overlay and the busier streets get 2 inches.

Andrea Swisstack, an assistant city engineer, said that she is still researching the best possible plan for new pavement, and that those concerns will be addressed.

The city has projected $135,000 for facility renewals, with some of that money coming from state grants. This includes painting Fire Station 25, the exterior finish of City Hall as well as painting Rosehill, which it has received a partial grant for and a full grant for painting and pavers for the Mukilteo Light Station.

Under the category of vehicles and equipment, some of the items listed that the city plans on spending money on are buying its own storm system camera, getting two new police patrol vehicles, a new park ranger vehicle and new Automatic External Defibrillators.

The total for the new vehicles and equipment for next year’s budget totals to be a little less than $700,000.

In regards to operating NBIs, $25,000 is being set aside for new finance software at a later date, and the $160,000 going towards the waterfront Master Plan has been paid for via state grants.

Meyer said that the city is anticipating a 7 percent growth in sales tax revenue next year, plus an additional $22,000 from the Marketplace Fairness Act, totaling a projected $2.7 million..

Other notable budgetary matters include a projected 2 percent increase in hotel and motel lodging tax revenue and an 11 percent rate increase in the budget for surface water management, going up from $2.88 million in 2017’s budget to $3.1 million in 2018’s budget.

The adoption date for next year’s budget is scheduled to be finalized on Nov. 27 at the earliest, and Dec. 5 at the latest.



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