City Council Meeting Agenda | Dec. 3, 2019
Posted on 11/27/2019

After holding three public hearings and making several amendments, the Newcastle City Council will look to adopt the final 2020 Operating and Capital Budget at its final meeting of the year on Tuesday, Dec. 3.

Over the past few meetings, the City Council made cuts to whittle down a projected $1.3 million deficit to just over $950,000. The projected operating deficit is driven largely by increasing costs to fund police and fire services. Public safety expenditures alone make up nearly half of the City’s operating budget. In 2020, the service contracts with Bellevue Fire and the King County Sheriff’s Office will increase by more than 10 percent over 2019.

You can read about previous Council budget actions in our Nov. 5 meeting roundup, but the Council agreed on a few additional amendments to address the budget deficit at the Nov. 17 meeting. Most notably, the Council voted not to fill the project planner position, a move that impacts the future of any City parks and trail projects. The position, which will become vacant in December, is the City’s primary resource on parks and trail planning and works closely with the nonprofit Newcastle Trails. Though this does not impact the General Operating Fund deficit, the Council also reduced funding to efforts that would protect the DeLeo Wall, threatened by clear-cutting, from a budgeted $900,000 to $450,000. You can learn more about all of the Council’s budget changes to date in the staff report here.

During the meeting, the City will also honor outgoing Councilmembers Gordon Bisset, Allen Dauterman and Carol Simpson. View the full meeting agenda packet here. The regular meeting begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Council Chambers at Newcastle City Hall, 12835 Newcastle Way, Suite 200.

The Newcastle City Council wants to hear from you! Members of the public are invited to share thoughts during public hearings or two open public comment periods at meetings. Regular meetings of the City Council occur on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at City Hall, starting at 7 p.m. You can also email your thoughts to councilmembers. To send a message to the entire council, email citycouncil@newcastlewa.gov.  Can't make it to a City Council meeting? Read our past recaps at newcastlewa.gov/councilrecaps.

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