Continuing major infrastructure projects already underway while belt-tightening in a season of economic uncertainty characterizes the City of Marysville’s next two-year budget approved by the Marysville City Council on Oct. 26.
“As our city, region and nation continue to deal with the impacts of response to the COVID-19 pandemic, our commitment to fiscal prudence is more important than ever,” Mayor Jon Nehring said.
The Council unanimously adopted the 2021-2022 biennial budget of $396,659,158 proposed by Mayor Nehring. That budget maintains essential city services and basically holds the line on current staffing costs. It adds two new Public Works positions in 2022, when the city will take over trash collection services in neighborhoods annexed into the city several years ago.
Council President Kamille Norton added, “I am grateful for a responsible and prudent budget that allows the city to continue to provide excellent services without increasing property taxes on our citizens.”
City leadership already has been reviewing all staff vacancies and filling only those that are essential, reorganizing some positions for efficiency, and eliminating most discretionary spending.
The city will continue construction work underway on its Public Safety Building and Civic Center expected to open in 2022. The largest transportation project continuing into next year is the widening of State Avenue between 100th and 104th Streets NE. On the Parks front, we look forward to the Bayview Trail connection to the Centennial Trail and the opening of Olympic View Park.
As is the case with most communities, the majority of Marysville’s General Fund (about 53%) is dedicated to support law and justice.
“We have added several new Police officers over the last several years, and I am pleased to say that we are on track to reach full staffing levels in our Police Department by the end of this year,” Mayor Nehring said.
“Thank you to the City Council for its continued commitment to financial stewardship and pursuing our common goals of enhancing opportunities for all Marysville residents and businesses.”
Find details of the 2021-2022 city budget online at https://www.marysvillewa.gov/124/City-Budget.