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Renton City Council Adopts 2013-2014 Budget

Council adopted the Mayor's proposed $457 million budget this week.

Following months of deliberations, Renton City Council passed the Mayor’s 2013-2014 budget proposal on Monday, December 3.

Council adopted a balanced budget of $457 million, of which $202 million is the General Government fund that is used for police, fire and emergency services, parks, street repair and other basics required to run a city. 

Despite an estimated shortfall of $5 million per year, mainly due to reduced property values and rising costs, the newly approved budget minimizes staff layoffs and preserves core services.

In place of layoffs, the city’s workforce is reduced by 25 positions primarily achieved through attrition. The budget also includes cost-saving reforms to reduce the city’s medical premium costs, revenue options including fee adjustments for the business license fee, impact fees for new development (phased in after 2014), and a medical transport fee to be charged to insurance companies.

In the utility funds, the Council adopted revenue increases of 5% each year for water, wastewater, surface water and solid waste and to increase the utility tax by .08% for water, surface water and solid waste utilities. 

“This budget continues our commitment to fiscal discipline, while focusing on providing high quality services to our community," said Council President Rich Zwicker.”

Click here to read the 2013-2014 budget on the City of Renton web site.

*Editor's Note: Information provided by the City of Renton.

Bill Tell December 06, 2012 at 03:15 AM
It would have been nice if the article would have acknowledged that it was the employees of the City who have not only gone largely without raises, but also agreed to give back their medical insurance account surplus so that the City could continue to provide the best possible service to the citizens we care about.
Nick Fenty December 08, 2012 at 01:31 AM
The water/sewer bill in Renton went up almost 50% in the last year! I would rather see that crazy chunk of police and park money to go to offset this crazy increase in utility bills. I am very sure police raises go as scheduled since their union has been terrorizing jurisdictions for money by hyping crime stats and lowering speed limit on busy roads to show more speeding problems. There are many artificial ways to create situations where it will look like more police work is needed. Just close the Transit Center, combine north-south and east-west buses into single routes like it used to be long time ago. It's not a convenient place to transfer buses anyways and creates crime to justify more money for police. Parks also can wait when a necessity like water costs so much money. If my water gets shut off I cant go to a park for it, the police will arrest me to justify more funding for them, while the water bill keeps on going up for Renton taxpayers.

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