"Investing in Shoreline's future"
November 2009 Vol. 11 No. 9 INSIDE • 3 How Does Shoreline Compare? • 4 Shoreline Property Taxes • 6 How Shoreline Spends Its Money Special Budget iSSue Investing in Shoreline’s future: Budget Summary 2010 balanced budget continues Operating Budget $34,420,223 essential programs and services Surface Water Utility $4,893,489 Capital Budget $41,507,105 by Robert Olander Operating budget highlights: Bond Debt Service $2,955,496 Shoreline city Manager property tax levy: The City Coun- Shoreline’s 2010 Proposed Budget cil will maintain the same property tax Adoption of Budget and is balanced and allocates $84 million levy in 2010 as in 2009—a 0% increase Property Tax Levy to invest in services that make our com- —other than any new taxes collected as Monday, Nov. 23, 7:30 p.m. munity a great place to live. We had to Shoreline City Council Meeting a result of new construction. Taxpayers Mt. Rainier Room, Shoreline Center make some tough choices, but we are pay approximately 10% of their total 18560 1st Avenue NE proud of our work in balancing the property tax bill to the City and should Call the Agenda Line at (206) 801-2236 budget and setting a course to keep our not see a major change in taxes paid for or check online for more details. community one that our residents and 2010 (see story on page 4). businesses expect and deserve. personnel costs: The City’s per- Our ability to keep essential ser- sonnel costs will decrease by 3.6%, vices intact is due to the solid financial $517,865, from 2009 to 2010. We’re policies that have been adopted by the controlling costs by eliminating three Council in years past. Our City leaders positions and reducing seasonal and had the foresight to create a “rainy day” temporary positions. The City’s required reserve, which sets aside money in a contribution to the State of Washington savings account to be used during eco- retirement system for employees was nomic downturns to keep operations also reduced and City employees will going. The balance of the fund was 30% not receive a cost of living adjustment of our economically-sensitive revenues (COLA) for 2010. (e.g., sales tax, development revenue, police contract: The 2010 King investment interests) or about $6.2 County contract for police services is million. Staff has recommended that expected to increase by 4.5% to a total we use $1.6 million of that reserve dur- of $9.7 million. ing 2009 and 2010. When the economy expenditure Reductions: Every recovers, we will restore the reserve department had to make reductions to funds spent. balance the budget. Departments re- The 2010 Budget is 32% ($38.7 mil- duced their budgets by nearly $500,000 lion) less than the current 2009 Budget. in 2009. This included the elimination The reduction is largely the result of the of seasonal and temporary staffing, a completion of major capital projects. 20% reduction in training, eliminating continues on page two Even so, our 2010 operating budget funding for major facility maintenance, totals $34.4 million and is 3.4% lower and reductions in contracted services than the 2009 Budget. continued on page 2 continued from page 1 develop a long-term financial strategy. City Council Goals and operating supplies. In 2010 depart- After working for more than a year, 2009-2010 ments reduced their base budgets by the Committee presented its final rec- ommendations to the Council in April. Goal No. 1 another $250,000. Information technol- Implement the adopted Community ogy improvements, contracted services, Their recommendations were consid- Vision by updating the Comprehensive overtime and advertising were reduced, ered in planning the 2010 Proposed Plan and key development regulations the Sister City Program was suspended Budget. in partnership with residents, neighborhoods and businesses and the planned replacement of major committee recommendations : equipment and vehicles was delayed. 1. Sustain the commitment to efficien- Goal No. 2 Provide safe, efficient and effective While Shoreline’s 2010 Proposed cies. Maximize budget savings and infrastructure to support our land use, Budget is balanced through cuts and technology efficiencies and invest and transportation and surface water plans savings from the “rainy day” reserve, partner in economic development op- Goal No. 3 we cannot continue to fund ongoing portunities. Implement the Economic Development operations this way and put off long- 2. Keep services that preserve the qual- Strategic Plan term maintenance and replacement. ity of life that Shoreline residents and Goal No. 4 Even after recovery from the current re- businesses value and deserve. Create an “environmentally sustainable community” cession, our long-term financial projec- 3. Adopt the Transportation Ben- tions have indicated that the declining efit District ($20 vehicle license fee) Goal No. 5 Complete the projects approved with revenues cannot continue to support in 2009 and in 2010 (or later) ask the the 2006 Parks Bond the services that make Shoreline a great voters to reaffirm their investments in Goal No. 6 community. Shoreline. Construct the Civic Center/City Hall The primary cause of the gap is that 4. If service reductions are necessary, project while property tax increases are limited preserve the quality of core services Goal No. 7 to 1% a year (in 2010 this is 0%), the such as public safety and keep services Construct the Aurora Improvements costs of necessary resources such as that provide the greatest benefits to from 165th to 205th Streets fuel, police services, asphalt and labor the community as a whole. Goal No. 8 are rising at a much faster rate. 5. Expand communication and out- Develop a Fircrest Master Plan in partnership with the State To address this, starting in 2003 we reach to better inform residents and focused on service and budget efficien- taxpayers about Shoreline services, Goal No. 9 Develop a “healthy city” strategy to cies. In 2007 the City Council adopted resources and needs. ensure the community’s access to phased-in revenue increases from the For more information about the needed human services cable utility tax and the Seattle City committee, visit the Finance Depart- Goal No. 10 Light contract payment. In 2008, the ment on Shoreline’s website. Provide enhanced opportunities for Council appointed an 18-member Citi- effective citizen communication and engagement zen Advisory Committee (CAC) to help Controlling costs: Comparing city staffing Number of City Employees Per Thousand Population The 2010 Budget provides funding for 137 regular full-time Federal Way 1.77 equivalent (FTE) positions, Burien 1.92 excluding City Councilmembers. This reflects a net drop of three University Place 2.00 (3) FTE positions when compared Edmonds 2.47 to 2009. As the chart depicts, Shoreline 2.52 a comparison of staffing to population shows Shoreline’s Auburn 3.11 staffing levels below the median Renton 3.58 of comparable cities. These ratios exclude fire, police, Kent 3.89 utilities and special program Kirkland 4.22 personnel from the comparable Olympia 4.56 cities to provide a more accurate comparison with Shoreline. Lynnwood 4.92 Redmond 5.96 2 CURRENTS November 2009 Vol. 11 No. 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 Quality of life: How does Shoreline compare? Shoreline ranks nearly 10 % of residents rating city as an excellent or good place to live percentage points above the av- Bellevue (2007) 95% erage, indicating that residents enjoy a high quality of life. Shoreline (2008) 93% When resources are scarce, we like to ask the question, “How does Kirkland (2008) 85% Shoreline compare with others?” When 86% Redmond (2006) reviewing the City’s budget, we use benchmarks to identify efficiencies. Average 84% Benchmarks compare one city’s data Olympia (2006) 84% with another city or several cities. This issue of Currents has many examples of Burien (2007) 77% benchmarks. It’s also helpful to review and com- Renton (2004) 75% pare satisfaction levels of our residents. 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% One of the most significant ratings that the City Council and staff examines is line families, neighborhoods and busi- bike (first mile of the Aurora Corridor whether our residents believe Shoreline nesses have much of which to be proud. Project, three miles of the Interurban is an excellent or good place to live. Shoreline’s budget is aimed at Trail, sidewalks near schools and on It’s especially meaningful when protecting the quality of services that major streets) outside sources affirm that Shoreline Shoreline families, neighborhoods and • Increasing open space and protect- is a great place to live. In its July 2008 businesses want and deserve. ing our environment (South Woods, issue, Seattle magazine ranked 110 of Since incorporating, your invest- Hamlin addition, Kruckeberg Botanic the best-known Seattle neighborhoods ment has resulted in: Garden) and surrounding cities on quality of life • Making residents feel safe by increasing • Improving recreational and ath- criteria. Shoreline was ranked first. police protection in the community letic opportunities (Shorewood, We believe these results are no accident. Shoreline has a history of • Improving direct, local access to ser- Paramount, Connie King Skate Park, coming together to make good things vices (permits, recreation programs, Twin Ponds, Shoreline Fields A & B) happen. Nearly 15 years ago residents long-range planning) • Keeping homes safe from flooding incorporated as a City so they could re- • Adding quick, responsive operational (3rd Avenue NW Project, 10th Avenue ceive better, even exceptional, services services (responding to the sinkhole NW Project) for their tax dollar. The City has worked at 6th Avenue NW and 175th Street, • Investing in infrastructure to encour- hard to meet residents’ expectations annual snow/ice removal) age economic development and and 14 years after incorporation Shore- • Creating more safe places to walk or investment (North City Business District, first mile of Aurora Avenue) • Caring for our most vulnerable residents (funding the Senior Center, Center for Human Services, Hopelink Food Bank) • Sustaining our quality of life through partnerships (Neighborhood groups, Shoreline School District, Shoreline Historical Museum, Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council) CURRENTS November 2009 Vol. 11 No. 9 3 Shoreline’s 10%: 2010 property taxes in 2010 a typical homeowner Impact of the City’s Property Tax will pay approximately 10% on Typical Shoreline Homeowner of their total property tax bill, which is approximately 2009 2010 $472 for the average home, CHANGE to the city of Shoreline. the Home Value Home Value $407,300 $59,100 = -15% $348,200 charts on these pages provide Regular Tax Levy Rate Regular Tax Levy Rate a historical perspective of the $0.95 $0.16 = 17% $1.11 city’s property tax rate and Total Regular Levy Paid to City Total Regular Levy Paid to City a breakdown of Shoreline $387 0% $387 property taxes. Voted Bond Tax Levy Rate Voted Bond Tax Levy Rate $0.21 $0.04 = 19% $0.25 Many homeowners will see a signifi- Total Voted Levy Paid to City Total Voted Levy Paid to City cant reduction in the assessed value of $86 0% $86 their home this year. The City estimates Total Tax Paid to City Total Tax Paid to City that assessed values in Shoreline will $472 0% $472 fall by at least 15% for 2010. However, this does not mean significant drops in property taxes for 2010. In some cases property owners may pay less but they crease from one year to the next unless Shoreline Residents’ 2009 could also pay the same or more taxes voters approve a larger increase.) The Property Tax Allocations in 2010 than in 2009. county assessor calculates the tax rate People are often more familiar eMS 2% by dividing the levy by the total value King county Flood $0.28 with rate-based property taxes where of all property within the jurisdiction. & Ferry 1% port district 2% $0.20 taxes go up and down with property $0.14 library district 4% The tax rate is typically expressed in values. However, Washington State is $0.42 dollars per $1,000 of assessed value. one of only two states that do not have So if the total value of property rate-based property tax; Washington’s Shoreline 10% within a jurisdiction falls, the rate $1.16 property tax is levy-based. would increase to raise the same This means a taxing district is al- amount of money. This is the situation Shoreline Schools 40% $4.54 King county 10% lowed to collect a specified total dollar with Shoreline’s tax rates between $1.10 amount (the levy) per year. (In Washing- 2009 and 2010. ton, this amount is limited to a 1% in- Shoreline Fire 14% In response to the recession, the $1.65 City is not intending to increase the levy. The City of Shoreline’s 2010 State Schools 17% property tax levy is projected at $7.5 $1.96 City of Shoreline Property Tax Rate Per million, basically the same as that as- $1,000 Valuation 2000-2010 sessed in 2009. The estimated regular property tax One piece of land may $2.00 fall under the jurisdiction levy rate for 2010 is $1.11 per $1,000 of as many as 10 separate $1.62 $1.52 of assessed value, an increase from taxing districts, each with its $1.50 $1.43 $1.35 this year’s $0.95 per $1,000 assessed own levy rate. For example, $1.28 Shoreline taxpayers pay nine $1.24 $1.11 value. The increase in rate is a result $1.00 $1.17 different taxing districts as $1.10 of the decrease in assessed value, as shown above. $1.02 $0.95 explained above. Homeowners may $0.50 pay the same, more or less tax based on the assessed value of their property $0.00 and whether it stayed the same or 2000 2002 2004 2006 2008 2010 changed. continued on page 5 4 CURRENTS November 2009 Vol. 11 No. 9 Building our community: Where Shoreline’s revenue comes from In 2010 Shoreline projects it will receive $72.8 million in revenue from a variety of sources. The City’s Capital Program is primarily funded with grants and the use of fund balance (project reserves carried from one year to the next). Operating Budget The City’s operating budget totals $34.4 million, of which 75% of the funding comes from taxes and franchise fees. The largest sources are Gambling Tax 5% utility, property, and sales taxes. Utility Tax/ Franchise Fee/ Property Tax Contract Payment 23% 24% State Shared Revenues Sales Tax 7% 23% Fees & Permits 7% Transfer from Other Beginning Fund Other Funds 5% 3% Balance 3% Doing more with less: continued from page 4 The City’s regular property tax levy Comparing tax collections provides resources to fund services to One way to compare cities is by the amount of tax collected per the Shoreline community. Not increas- capita. To determine this figure, the total tax collected is divided by ing the 2010 levy presents challenges the number of residents. The graph reflects data for 2008. During since the City’s costs are increasing. 2008 the City of Shoreline collected $410 per capita from property, In May 2006, Shoreline voters sales, gambling and utility taxes, and franchise fees. approved $18.795 million in general Per Capita Revenue Collection Comparsion obligation bonds to fund park projects Property, Sales, B&O, Utility and Gambling Taxes, Franchise Fees and open space acquisition. Property University Place $342 owners are assessed a separate levy Shoreline $410 rate of the repayment of these bonds, Lakewood $415 which is estimated to $0.25 per $1,000 $415 Burien of assessed value or $86 per year for an Federal Way $421 average valued home. Edmonds $514 For more information about Shore- Auburn $551 Shoreline + Fire district $605 line property taxes visit www.shore- Lynnwood $749 linewa.gov or contact Shoreline Fi- Kirkland $760 nance Director Debbie Tarry at (206) $768 Kent 801-2301, firstname.lastname@example.org. Renton $788 Redmond $854 Olympia $942 0 $200 $400 $600 $800 $1,000 CURRENTS November 2009 Vol. 11 No. 9 5 Your resources at work for you 2010 Proposed Budget The City’s 2010 Budget totals $84.1 million. Nearly 50%, Total $84.1 Million $41.5 million, represents the City’s capital budget. Examples Enterprise of capital projects scheduled for 2010 include improvements 5.8% ($4.89 million) to Aurora Avenue N from 165th to 185th, street pavement maintenance and improvements to both Cromwell and Hamlin parks. Approximately 41%, $34.4 million, of the total budget is spent to provide a variety of services to Shoreline residents and businesses like the ones pictured here. Capital Operating 49.4% 40.9% ($41.5 million) ($34.4 million) Internal Service Debt Service 328,467 3.5% 0.4% ($2.9 million) ($0.3 million) Street Maintenance ent - Zoning Developm Planning & Field maintenance Emergency Response 6 CURRENTS November 2009 Vol. 11 No. 9 Recreation Programs - Camp Shoreline 2010 Operating Budget Total $34.4 million Community Services 4% Public Works Streetlights 10% Support Services 17% Planning & Development Services 8% City-Wide & Parks & Recreation Contingencies 13% 13% Public Safety 35% Environmental education Give Graffiti the Brush Off Program Shoreline Pool Crime prevention - Police Auto Club Program Road Overlay Program CURRENTS November 2009 Vol. 11 No. 9 7 November 2009 Vol. 11 No. 9 PRSRT STD US Postage PAID Currents is produced by the Seattle, WA Communications Program, Permit No. 248 (206) 801-2219, email@example.com 17500 Midvale Avenue N. 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