Exactly one week after registered voters in DuPont overwhelmingly rejected a temporary property tax increase, residents have the opportunity to speak to the council about city’s proposed 2013 budget during public hearings at DuPont City Hall.
On Tuesday, November 13, the DuPont City Council will take oral or written testimony on the 2013 Proposed Budget, which is being revised to reflect Mayor Michael Grayum’s “Plan B” budget as a result of the Proposition 1 levy failure. The Council will also take oral or written testimony on the 2013 revenue sources including regular and EMS tax levies.
Mayor Grayum’s proposed “Plan B” budget intends to fulfill the city’s financial obligations to pay the debt on DuPont’s Civic Center by reducing irrigation to parks, greenways and facilities, closing the Museum, eliminating TruGreen maintenance contracts for PowderWorks Park and Wilmington Drive. Budget B also eliminates the West Pierce Fire and Rescue contract (which provides fire support and administration services and personnel), eliminates four fire fighter positions, one police officer position, and increases taxes and fees.
While the city council has held multiple budget workshops throughout October to review information on revenue projections, personnel, and department budgets, they have not had an in-depth discussion about Budget B. When Mayor Grayum first introduced Budget B on October 9, council members quickly reminded everyone at the meeting that they have the final say on the budget, and what the mayor proposed was not the final outcome. South Puget Sound News’s report from the October 9, 2012 city council meeting is linked here.
On election day, voters rejected DuPont’s Proposition 1 which sought to temporarily raise property taxes to cover the city’s debt payment on the Civic Center and pay for three firefighter positions currently funded by a SAFER Grant. The grant expires in 2013.
The November 13 DuPont City Council meeting starts at 7 p.m. at DuPont City Hall, located at 1700 Civic Drive in DuPont. The meeting is open to the public. The agenda is linked here.