Under Washington State Law, the City Manager presents a balanced annual or biennial budget for the City’s upcoming fiscal period for consideration and adoption by the City Council.
Mercer Island’s biennial budget serves a number of essential functions. The budget is more than a “checkbook” posting of proposed revenues and expenditures. It is a financial plan that looks out over two-year (operating budget) and six-year (Capital Improvement Program) horizons, balancing planned income and expenses in a fiscally responsible manner. It is a policy plan, guiding and assuring the City’s long-term financial health. And, most importantly, it is a detailed description of the goods and services for which the City and its elected officials will be held accountable. It documents the “social contract” between the citizens and their government.
The budget also serves in a broader policy context. It draws upon many City Council decisions and discussions that precede it, and it will leave a legacy of policy influence for future budgets–helping to give the City’s finances long-term stability and continuity.
2017-2018 Budget Review Process
At the October 4, 2016 City Council Meeting, Interim City Manager Pam Bissonnette and Assistant City Manager/Finance Director Chip Corder presented the 2017-2018 Preliminary Budget to the City Council.
Click here to view the Preliminary 2017-2018 Biennial Budget.
State law requires Washington cities to adopt a balanced budget. The City of Mercer Island develops a budget on a biennial basis, or every two years. The budget presents the overall plan for allocating city resources to different services and programs that enhance the quality of life and environment on Mercer Island and that help ensure the safety and welfare of the community.
City council meetings are open public meetings that offer citizens the opportunity to partake in the budget process by sharing their opinions and insight. Citizens are invited to attend council meetings as well as the public budget hearings scheduled throughout October and November.
City of Mercer Island 2017-2018 Budget meeting schedule:
October 4 - Regular Council Meeting, 7:00 pm
Preliminary budget presentation by City Manager and Finance Director
October 17 - Regular Council Meeting, 6:00 pm
Public hearing: Preliminary budget review of Operating Budget
November 7 - Regular Council Meeting, 6:00 pm
Public hearing: Preliminary budget review of Capital Improvement Program
November 21 - Regular Council Meeting, 7:00 pm
Public Hearing: Finalize Changes to Budget, Pass 2017 NORCOM Budget Resolution, Pass 2017 Utility Rate Resolutions, and Adopt 2017 Property Tax Levy Ordinances
December 5 - Regular Council Meeting, 7:00 pm
Adoption of 2011-2012 Final Budget
All meetings will take place in the Council Chambers in City Hall located at 9611 SE 36th Street.
Previously Adopted Budget Documents:
Preliminary 2017-2018 Biennial Budget (scheduled to be adopted December 5, 2016)
2015-2016 Biennial Budget (adopted December 1, 2014)
2013-2014 Biennial Budget (adopted December 3, 2012)
2011-2012 Biennial Budget (adopted December 13, 2010)
2009-2010 Biennial Budget (adopted December 8, 2008)
2007-2008 Biennial Budget (adopted December 11, 2006)
2005-2006 Biennial Budget (adopted December 6, 2004)