Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Public input sought on budget gap

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 16, 2010

MEDIA CONTACT
Brook Lindquist
Executive Assistant
253.835.2401

Bryant Enge
Financial Services Administrator
253.835.2400

Public input sought on budget gap

The city of Federal Way is developing its biennial budget for 2011 and 2012. The City takes great pride in the efficient and effective services provided to our citizens such as police/public safety, parks and recreation services, the quality of our roads and infrastructure, community development services, and the quality of life we support in our community. As with every household and business, our revenues have declined and it is important for us to prioritize the services we are able provide given the revenue we have. The good news is our budget is balanced in 2010.

City Manager/Police Chief Brian J. Wilson has received direction from the City Council to submit a balanced budget for years 2011 and 2012 and address an ongoing structural deficit estimated at approximately $4.5 million in years 2011 and 2012 (total of $9 million for both years). In order to finalize and submit a budget to the City Council, CM/PC Wilson is asking for input from the public in order to balance and prioritize the budget for these years. Your input is valuable and appreciated and will aid in this final budget submission to the City Council.

A budget recommendation must balance on-going revenue with on-going expenses. The city does have some one-time money available for the budget years 2011 and 2012 which makes the public's input essential regarding the prioritization of services and what could be funded on a one-time basis.

Below are opportunities to provide input at public meetings, community and service groups, as well as on-line.

Town Hall budget meetings

The City will hold two Town Hall-styled budget meetings for the general public:

(date passed) 6:30 p.m. City Hall, Council Chambers, 33325 8th Ave. S.

September 30 6:30 p.m. City Hall, Council Chambers, 33325 8th Ave. S.

Service club meetings (* Meals available for purchase)

The general public is welcome at a series of budget meetings set for local service clubs:

(date passed) August 24 7:30 a.m. *Budget presentation to Kiwanis Club of Greater Federal Way
Denny’s on 320th - 2132 South 320th Street

(date passed) 12:00 p.m. *Budget presentation to the Noon Kiwanis ClubOld Country Buffet - 1816 South 320th Street

(date passed) 6:45 p.m. *Budget presentation to the Soroptimist International Club
Black Bear Diner - 32065 Pacific Hwy S

(date passed)  12:00 p.m. *Budget presentation to Noon Rotary Club
Twin Lakes Golf & Country Club - 3583 SW 320th Street

(date passed) 11:45 a.m. *Budget presentation to Noon Lions Club
Denny’s on 320th - 2132 South 320th Street

September 28 7:00 a.m. *Budget Presentation to Federal Way Sunrise Rotary
Marie Callender’s - 31920 Gateway Center Blvd S.

Council Committee Meetings

(date passed) 5:30 p.m. Finance, Economic Development & Regional Affairs
City Hall, Hylebos Conference Room, 33325 8th Ave. S.

(date passed) 5:30 p.m. Parks, Recreation, Human Services, & Public Safety
City Hall, Hylebos Conference Room, 33325 8th Ave. S

Regular City Council meetings

The general public is also welcome at regular City Council meetings where the City Council will review the budget. All meetings held at City Hall in Council Chambers, 33325 8th Ave. S.

October 19 7:00 p.m. Budget Overview (during regular City Council Meeting)

October 27 6:00 p.m. Budget review for Community Development, Public Works, and
Parks

October 28 6:00 p.m. Budget review for Police, Law and Municipal Court

November 2 6:00 p.m Budget review for City Manager’s Office, City Council, Human
Resources, Finance and IT

November 2 7:00 p.m First public hearing on 2011/12 budget

November 16 7:00 p.m Second/final budget public hearing

Review the budget and comment by email

By Aug. 24 or sooner, residents may view the City Manager’s proposed budget and other financial related documents at www.cityoffederalway.com/budget.

Suggestions will also be taken by email. Send your comments to:
budgetsuggestions@cityoffederalway.com

More information

Budget meetings: 
Brook Lindquist, Executive Assistant
brook.lindquist@cityoffederalway.com, 253-835-2401

The budget itself: 
Bryant Enge
bryant.enge@cityoffederalway.com, 253-835-2400

Tho Kraus
tho.kraus@cityoffederalway.com, 253-835-2520
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