‘Disincorporation is Not An Option’ for Normandy Park, According to City

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Disincorporation is not an option under consideration by the City Council or City management as reported recently by media sources.”

So reads an announcement released Thursday (July 12) by the City of Normandy Park.

The statement comes a day after multiple Seattle media outlets reported about Normandy Park’s recent financial difficulties (which we first reported May 18 – read our story here), with claims that the city may file for bankruptcy or attempt to be absorbed by Burien or Des Moines.

The city’s announcement continues below:

The City’s financial problem was first identified in 1998 when Henderson, Young and Company completed a Financial Plan and Outlook for the City of Normandy Park. The recommendations from the Plan included approximately 40 ideas and solutions to address the City’s structural financial problems. However, the City Council at that time only implemented a few solutions, which resulted in “kicking the can down the road” a few years. During the period from 2000 – 2007, economic growth was significant and exceeded the projections. Today, the problem is even more difficult to solve because of the poor economy. Members of the Normandy Park City Council have worked closely with city management to identify several short-term solutions as well as long-term solutions to create a sustainable financial position for the City of Normandy Park.

Possible short-term solutions include the levy lid lift, creation of a Transportation Benefit District, imposing franchise fees on utilities and a 6% utility tax on the Stormwater Utility Fund. In addition, an Economic Development Committee, led by Councilmember Susan West, has been formed to attract and enhance new and existing businesses. City management projections suggest new funding of $1.2 million is needed to provide a moderate level of service. Implementation of the short-term solutions is projected to generate approximately $600,000 annually. Fortunately, the City of Normandy Park does not have a significant amount of debt. By the end of 2015, the City will have no bonded indebtedness.

The City’s 2012 adopted operating budget included $3.9 million in expenditures, which provides funding for police, parks, community development, administrative and finance services, of which nearly $1 million has been cut in 2012. The annual budget for the police department is $1.9 million or, 49% of the operating budget. During the past six years, over $2.1 million of expenditures have been cut from the budget, which includes reduction of eleven staff positions. The City has also deferred maintenance of facilities, streets and sidewalks – a practice that is likely to increase costs in the future, but without adequate funding cannot be avoided.

A Levy Lid Lift Fact Sheet, public informational meetings and focus groups are planned over the next three months to involve the community in discussions about the City’s financial situation and possible solutions.

We’re fans of inspiring solutions via Reader Comments (aka “crowdsourcing”), and we’re wondering – do YOU have a solution to Normandy Park’s financial woes? Please chime in below…

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5 Responses to “‘Disincorporation is Not An Option’ for Normandy Park, According to City”
  1. mike says:

    Now there’s an idea, Burien should annex Normandy Park. I think Mike Martin could do some real magic over there and turn them around.

    Area Y Mike

  2. Time to come clean says:

    Please please please work on going the other direction Mr Martin we dont want you in WhiteCenter ! Really look at all that wonderful taxable area and more waterfront c’mon Snagglepuss this is your true calling. You could sink that ship in record time and be out of there before anyone even knows what hit them! Heavens to Murgatroyd!”
    “Exit, stage left!”

    • mike says:

      Good one Time to Come Clean. Sometimes I feel like I’m the only one in Area Y that knows about all the BS with Martin.

      Area Y Mike

  3. R S says:

    Yes, it would be a great idea for Normandy Park to be annexed into Burien but you know that will nerver happen. They will refuse to be part of us Riff-Raff.
    What will happen is someone will pay an official to get the ball rolling to have Des Moines do it. They have the beautiful water front and the the prestege of MONEY.
    Whom ever gets stuck with them doesn’t really matter.
    The need to get a big anchor store like “I don’t know” maybe whole foods in their new town center. This would draw people from NP, Burien Kent, Des moines and many other places into the center. We need a store like this in the south end anyhow. We have plenty of yuppies here too so no reason not to. Thats my two cents worth.

    • BTBreader says:

      I doubt Normandy Park would want to have anything to do with Des Moines or Burien.

      Ignoring spell check does not help your opinion.

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