John Koster's eNewsletter
Snohomish County Council
3000 Rockefeller Ave., M/S 609
Everett, Washington 98201
8th floor, Robert J. Drewel Building
Barbara Chapman, Legislative Aide
2013 Snohomish County Budget
Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon released his 2013 Budget Plan on Friday, September 28, 2012. It will be up to the County Council and the public now to examine and make changes to the plan between now and the end of November. The Council plans to hold the first public hearing on the budget on Tuesday, November 9th at 6:30 pm in the Council Chambers. There will be additional public hearings on Wednesday, October 31st at 10:30 am and 6:30 pm. The Council Chambers are located on the eighth floor of the Bob Drewel Administration Building on the County Campus in Everett.
Executive Reardon's budget plan proposed no new property tax increases, while offering a balanced budget that protects services for vulnerable populations and maintains the public safety. He said his budget is marked by necessary restraint and discipline due to limited resources and an economy that is still sluggish. The council reaction was measured. Council Chairman, Brian Sullivan thinks it will need some reworking. He has said he's considering an increase to the county's general property-tax levy. A 1 percent increase would take in more than $700,000. It would add $2.24 per year to the property tax bill for a home assessed at about $240,000, the county average, according to council staff.
There is much work to be done. Councilman Koster said he is looking forward to working with his Council colleagues, the Executive and the public to meet the challenge of a fiscally responsible budget that will provide the necessary services for our county. Budget information will be posted on the Snohomish County website: www1.co.snohomish.wa.us