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Mercer Island, WA 98040
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Financial Challenges Public Engagement and Outreach

In October 2017, the City launched a public engagement process to help residents understand the financial challenges it faces, in terms of balancing the operating budget, maintaining current service levels, and funding capital projects.  The process scoping began by holding an informal listening session with important Quality of Life partners in June 2017.

Community Advisory Group

The first major step entailed the formation of a Community Advisory Group (CAG) consisting of 23 Island residents, who were appointed by the City Manager following an application process with a kick-off meeting in November 2017. The CAG was tasked with learning about City finances, reviewing financial forecasts, exploring various budget balancing options, and making a recommendation to the City Manager. Learn more and read CAG materials


Public Engagement

In late April 2018, the City conducted its biennial citizen survey to determine satisfaction levels with City services, identify funding priorities, and gauge public support for an operating levy lid lift. On May 15, 2018, the survey results and the CAG’s recommendations were presented to the City Council (view materials and footage). Council discussion and public hearings will be conducted on June 5 and June 19, 2018 regarding placing an operating levy lid lift on the November 2018 ballot.  [The City Council will make its final decision at its June 19, 2018 meeting.]

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Public Meeting Schedule

Presentations to Groups and Clubs 
(View the short powerpoint presentation; 26 slides)

- Chamber of Commerce Luncheon, Wednesday, Oct 11, 2017 | 12:00 pm, MICEC
- Mercer Island League of Women Voters, February 8, 2018 | 11:00 am, Emmanuel Episcopal Church
- Mercer Island Senior Foundation, February 13, 2018 | 6:30 pm, Covenant Shores
- Covenant Shores Residents, February 22, 2018 | 1:00 pm, Covenant Shores
- Aljoya Residents, February 26, 2018 | 3:00 pm, Aljoya
- Mercer Island Preschool Association, March 13, 2018, 7:45 pm, MICEC Slater Room
- Mercer Island Rotary Club, April 3, 2018 | Noon, MICEC

- Parent Teacher Association (PTA), May 10, 2018 | 7:00 pm, Islander Middle School

Telephone Town Hall Meetings
The City is piloting a new technology that allows interested residents to join a moderated, community meeting by telephone or computer, providing a new option for those who are unable to attend in-person. Participants may ask questions in real-time, and a recording of the event is available afterwards. This interactive meeting is known as a Telephone Town Hall

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 | 7:00-8:00 pm  Tuesday, March 27, 2018 | 7:00-8:00 pm

Community Advisory Group (CAG) Meetings [Concluded]
(Click here to view CAG meeting materials)
Note: This nominated panel took an in-depth look at the City's finances and budget details in order make a recommendation to the City Manager on a solution to the City's budget problems. All meetings were held at Mercer Island Community and Event Center (MICEC), and open to the public, but did not offer a public comment period.

- (Kickoff Mtg) Wednesday, November 15, 2017 | 6:30-8:30 pm 
- (Mtg #1) Saturday, January 6, 2018 | 9:00 am–12:30 pm 
- (Mtg #2) Monday, February 5, 2018 | 6:00-9:00 pm 
- (Mtg #3) Saturday, March 3, 2018 | 9:00 am–12:30 pm
- (Mtg #4) Monday, April 2, 2018 | 6:00-8:30 pm

Community-Wide Public Meetings 
(View an overview video presentation here)
(View a comprehensive powerpoint presentation here; 37 slides)

- Monday, January 29, 2018 | 6:30-8:30 pm, City Hall 
Saturday, February 10, 2018 | 10:00 am-Noon, Community Center, Room 104
- Wednesday, March 14, 2018 | 1:00-3:00 pm, MI Library


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