At her annual “State of the City” address on January 6, Mayor Jennifer Gregerson announced the 2018 Action Agenda as a way to highlight her priorities for the City. “Each year, I have shared an action agenda with the community to represent my vision on areas to focus where the ground work has already taken place,” stated Mayor Gregerson. We share her six (6) Action Agenda items below.
2018 Action Agenda
- Two-Year Budget: Improve fiscal discipline by implementing a biennial budget that plans well and budgets efficiently. It is time for us to join many of our neighboring cities in making smarter, long-term budget decisions by passing biennial budgets.
- Emergency Medical Services Funding: Engage the Council and community in a conversation about future public safety needs and seek authorization to reset the EMS levy to the voter-authorized 50 cents. There is nothing more important than the public safety services we provide. In 2010, 70% of Mukilteo voters approved a permanent fifty-cent property tax levy for emergency medical service. Unfortunately, due to a state initiative, our EMS levy has fallen to forty-cents and no longer covers the service costs.
- Keeping our Promise: Delivering on Proposition 1: Deliver the projects promised in Proposition 1 on time and on budget and engage in broad public outreach around project delivery. We will embark on an ambitious plan to preserve streets in several neighborhoods and also deliver bicycle and pedestrian projects. We plan to report back that we have done exactly as we promised.
- Solid Waste Service Delivery: Examine new and better ways to deliver solid waste services by moving to single bin recycling citywide and expanding access to composting options. This most basic service keeps our community clean and protects public health, and is regulated by the city. This year, we will negotiate a new garbage contract, and our priority is that every resident get the same level of service citywide.
- Peace Park: Continue the community-led effort to construct a Peace Park and hold a groundbreaking in 2018. I want to make sure that future generations have a space to remember loved ones we have lost in our city, as well as a place of hope they can visit when they need it. I will work with the City Council to finalize a plan that will build a beautiful park, using community support and volunteer help.
- Attainable Housing: Examine city development review process for efficiencies and lower cost to enable faster delivery of new housing, and participate in regional efforts to find affordable housing. I want to make sure that the next generation of Mukilteo residents can afford to live here.
You can watch the Mayor’s 2018 State of the City address anytime.