Start the new year by being present at the first City Council meeting on January 2nd to welcome the new Council, new Mayor, and new Deputy Mayor.
The CFS meeting on June 5th will have a special presentation on the Growth Management Act/Traffic-Concurrency/Building Moratorium. Miki Mullor (a recent potential City Council Candidate) has researched this area extensively and has much to share re this subject.
If you are not happy with current traffic conditions and can imagine what future travel conditions may be, come hear and question Miki on this most timely subject.
Hope to see you next Monday at 7 PM (Fire Station #82).
If financial projections are correct what then?
NEW.. would be a UTILITY TAX (Gas, Electric, Telephone, Cable TV)…up to 6%/mo.
NEW.. Franchise fee (Water, Sewer)…no upper limit (likely same as Utility Tax).
(Note: the Franchise fee is charged to the water district and passed by them to the consumer).
INCREASING..perhaps a B&O tax, increased Sales Tax, and a return to 1% increased Property Tax on an annual basis.
CUTBACKS..a survey of projects and Full Time Employees (attrition) would allow for cuts in most opportune areas.
DEBT..Bonds of various types and interest rates could be secured. These would call for annual payments of principal and interest.
COMBINATIONS..obvious multiple uses of the foregoing.
General: ST3 property tax, car-tab increase, and sales-tax increase will be enforced from this point forward for some three decades into the future.
HOMEWORK: By the time you read this third post you should already be asking yourself “what does this mean to me and what are my choices for the city to pursue”. Perhaps you have already contacted your representatives and are carrying on a dialog with them now. Sammamish is your city and your voice counts. The following link will take you to the current budet for the city. Get familiar with same. They show a picture full of questions. Thank you for doing your part in preparing for the future in Sammamish.
2017-2018 Budget in Brief:
Note: Finances are the topic Thursday night, 4/27/17 at City Hall, 5-7 PM. Be there.
What are the causes of future city financial shortfalls?
The answer to this requires detailed outlines by the city staff. They have been asked for this information for several years now but nothing has been forthcoming. The biennial budget required specific department project/dollar inputs so the information is available. So your next questions for the City Council/City Manager should look something like this:
If we don’t know the WHAT..HOW MUCH..AND WHEN then how can we know that financial trouble lies ahead? Use your email, telephone, OP-ED in the newspaper, personal contact with representatives, Public Input at council meetings, and any other device you have available to you to insist on answers and not euphemisms. If the city is not willing to share these most important facts then the City Council is failing the citizens. The Council is the responsible party and they themselves will have to know the answers to these questions if to be accountable and transparent.
Pursue these answers. Prepare yourself for meaningful dialog. They are your representatives. Be nice, be thorough, be fulfilled. Your dollars are at risk.
City of Sammamish Finances
In the next few months the City Council and City Staff will be discussing future finances for Sammamish as they see a time in the near future wherein expenditures could exceed revenues. This would call for stringent measures to be taken as Washington law does not allow municipalities to operate “in the red”. This is your city and you need to be a part of the solution. To that end you must brief yourselves as to what can be done to avoid the “crossover point”. Periodically Citizens For Sammamish will publish information about city finances and ask you to pursue answers from the City Council and the City Manager. Hopefully this will cause you to be better informed and able to direct your representatives as you desire.
Why are new taxes now being considered for Sammamish residents?Considerations-
Put your thinking caps on..delve into some of the considerations above..question your representatives..start to formulate your positions as re Utility taxes, Franchise fees, Bond issuance (debt), program cutbacks, and other financial questions that come to mind. What is the present economic outlook and how may that affect Sammamish?
More in the near future.
Note: The March 2017 Sammamish City Newsletter addresses this issue. Be sure to read same and prepare your thoughts and reasonings.