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2021-2022 Biennial Budget

2021-2022 Biennial Budget
Posted on 12/16/2020
Every two years, the City of Woodinville prepares its Biennial Budget. The Biennial Budget is a road map for anticipated future revenue and planned expenditures, allocating resources and reflecting the City Council's priorities and policies for the upcoming biennium. The budget is also an evaluation tool, comparing commitments made in the previous year's budget with actual accomplishments.

The 2021-2022 Biennial Budget was adopted by City Council on December 8, 2020. Prior to its adoption, the Woodinville City Council deliberated the preliminary budget as presented by the City Manager and held several public hearings.

The 2021-2022 biennial budget was developed in an environment of great uncertainty amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. In his cover letter, City Manager Brandon Buchanan explains that despite the challenge of forecasting future revenues in the current environment, "this budget was prepared with a modest degree of optimism; it looks forward to the regional economy gradually returning to a more "normal" state over the coming years." To ensure the City's ability to continue to provide core services, the budget also "tempers that optimism with the traditionally conservative approach that has served our City well." That conservative approach is reflected in the principles that include living within existing revenue streams, using "one-time" monies generated by new development for one-time capital projects, targeting investments to grow and diversify Woodinville's tax base, and increasing services in priority areas using sustainable funding. 

The 2021-2022 Biennial Budget anticipates a total of $120.3 million in available sources, of which $94 million is allocated towards all uses, including operating expenses and capital outlays. General Fund operating revenues total $24.1 million and operating expenses total $20.4 million for the two-year biennium. The anticipated remaining General Fund Balance is $13.7 million, preserving the City's "rainy day" reserve to ensure continuity of operations in the case of unforeseen events.

New for the upcoming biennium is a planned expansion of the City's IT division from 1.5 to 2 full-time positions, as well as a new maintenance worker position to address the City's stormwater utility needs. These additions are offset by the elimination of three other temporary or vacant positions. Also included in the budget is funding for several strategic plans to guide future City policy and investment in housing, economic development, and transportation. Finally, the 2021-2022 budget allocates $30 million in funding for construction and other capital improvement projects designed to reduce congestion, improve safety, and support new development.

For questions about the budget, contact Blaine Fritts, Finance Director.