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2022 Fiscal Year Budget Summarized

Apr 22, 2022

Dear Sedro-Woolley Residents,

In 2020 the City Council adopted a biennial budget, which was implemented in 2021. We are currently in the second half of our first biennial budget and soon will have many discussions regarding the 2023-2024 biennial budget.

The approved 2022 Fiscal Year budget is $36.5 million dollars.

This budget includes overall cost increases in all areas including personnel costs, both employee salaries and fringe benefits (based upon collective bargaining agreement and cost of living adjustments) and increases in goods and services due to the impacts of the pandemic, inflation, and/or mandated expansion of government by state and federal lawmakers (i.e., stormwater utility maintenance and regulation).

  • Property Tax Rate supports the General Fund. City Council approved a tax rate of 1.3797/1,000 assessed value for a TOTAL 3.4724/1,000 assessed property value. The grand total to be collected is $2,977,848.
  • General Fund Revenues, the percentage that comes from the Property Tax = 20%, Sales Tax = 16%, and Other Revenues = 64%.

Here are a few highlights of what we are anticipating will be brought to completion in 2022:

Our city projects continue to develop as construction continues at our Wastewater Treatment Plant Office and Public Works Building. We have completed phase 1 of Olmsted Park and we are waiting to move forward once funding is received from the RCO grant award and funds from the Appropriations Bill, which was submitted on our behalf by Representative Rick Larsen. We hope to open Olmsted Park summer of 2024 but remain mindful of the supply chain and difficulty in acquiring needed supplies and equipment. The final design plans are in place for the renovation of Memorial Park, using American Rescue Fund Allocation money. We will begin work this summer with expectation to see the completion in summer of 2024.

Asphalt overlays for 2022 will include Trail Road from SR20 to Cook Road, and Puget Street from SR20 to Northern Avenue. Chip Seals will occur on Reed Street from SR20 to State Street, Haines Street from Ferry to the end, north of Ferry Street, 11th street from State to Talcott Street, and Warner Street from 10th to 11th. We continue to move forward with the East Jones/John Liner Road Project. As part of the phasing within that project, we will be placing a stop light at the intersection of John Liner, McGarigle Road and Hwy 9, and hope to receive funding for the completion of the undercrossing at BNSF Trestle, which will join East Jones and John Liner.

Our City Council has seen changes, with Joe Burns coming on as Council representative for Ward 6, and Nick Lavacca as our Council Member At Large. They are among a diverse thinking council whose average age is much younger than previous City Councils. I extend my gratitude for their service and active engagement both on City Council and in the community. We are back to meeting in person and have also implemented a hybrid method so you may watch online, or join us in the Council Chambers at City Hall. We meet the first, second, and fourth Wednesday of each month, with a 6pm start time. If you would like to make an inquiry, please contact me or any of our departments with concerns or questions you may have.

I close with words from Benjamin Franklin once penned,

"Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, [innovation], achievement, and success have no meaning."

Mayor Julia Johnson