Sedro-Woolley passes 2019 budget
SEDRO-WOOLLEY — The Sedro-Woolley City Council recently passed a $38 million budget for 2019 that will enable the city to add staff and work on capital projects.
The budget includes a 1 percent property tax increase, a 2 percent utility tax increase and utility rate increases for sewer, stormwater, garbage and recycling services.
The City Council approved the 2 percent utility tax increase last week.
Sedro-Woolley Finance Director Doug Merriman said the revenue from that increase alone will allow the city to hire a full-time information technology employee, move a part-time employee in the police department to full time and support design and engineering work for a new public works building.
City Councilman Karl de Jong voted against the utility tax increase.
The utility tax increase came two weeks after the council approved the property tax and utility rate increases.
Throughout budget discussions, city officials have said while they were hesitant to increase costs for residents, the city needs more revenue in order to maintain and increase services such as digital access to records and adequate staffing for public safety.