City Budget

In 2005 when I ran for my first term these were the talking points:
•    Eventual budget shortfall, which could be in excess over $2M in 5 years,
•    Approximately 1/3 of our city’s operational budget is dependent upon nonrecurring revenue.

Since then the council has pursued a focus on onetime revenues for onetime expenses, sustainable budgets and economic development.
•    Eventual budget shortfall of $1M in 5 years.
•    More reflective of the current administration and council’s fiscal conservatism than hard reality.
•     With economic developments already committed, much of that shortfall will be mitigated:
o    Downtown development  
o    Safeway/Bartells
o    Hotel

Managed Growth

Years ago, the city made the hard choice to grow out of indebtedness and subsequently became the fastest growing city in Washington. Many of us contributed to that growth by choosing to buy and live here. Throughout this growth the city has maintained services and the quality of life that we all appreciate. We should all take pride in that:
  • #2 Town to Raise a Family in WA
  • #5 Best Places to Live in America
  2015, Money Magazine
      • #4 Top Town to Raise a Family
  • #3 Safest City in WA

Growth for revenue is no longer one of the driving criteria. Growth in current commitments and in the future must be managed to be in character with the broader community and done in a manner of net benefit to the city.

As demonstrated by recent decisions on the Snoqualmie Hill West request for annexation, the current council are walking the talk of managed growth.


The City has long had a need for a mid-range hotel accommodations in service to citizens who have visitors and tourist/business visitors. A proposal was brought before the Council for such a development on one of the remaining viable lots for this use, Given consideration that the lot was highly impacted by overhead power lines and that the intended use was for desirable commercial versus industrial, setback easements deviations were granted, to be partially mitigated by required tree plantings in the city’s bio swale in front.