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City holding public meeting for 2019–2020 City Budget on Thurs., Sept. 20

City holding public meeting for 2019–2020 City Budget on Thurs., Sept. 20

The City of Burien will be holding its first Community Meeting on its 2019-2020 City Budget on Thursday, Sept. 20, from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at City Hall. “The community is invited to learn about the... [Read more]

City of Burien holding Community Meeting on Budget on Tuesday, Oct. 23

City of Burien holding Community Meeting on Budget on Tuesday, Oct. 23

The City of Burien will be holding a Community Meeting on its Budget on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at Southern Heights Elementary School. This free, open meeting will run from 6 – 7:30 p.m. “The community... [Read more]

Highline Public Schools Budget Meeting will be Monday, May 14

Highline Public Schools Budget Meeting will be Monday, May 14

Community, staff, families and students are invited to learn about the proposed 2018-19 budget for Highline Public Schools on Monday, May 14. Chief Financial Officer Janea Marking will explain the McCleary... [Read more]

City of Burien holding public hearing on 2017-2018 Budget on Monday, Nov. 6

City of Burien holding public hearing on 2017-2018 Budget on Monday, Nov. 6

The City of Burien announced that it will hold a public hearing on Monday, Nov. 6, 2017 for the purpose of “receiving public comments on revenue sources, including a possible increase of up to 1%... [Read more]

Loud planes and a new biennial budget at Monday Burien City Council meeting

Loud planes and a new biennial budget at Monday Burien City Council meeting

By Jack Mayne A new budget with thoughts of tax increases and the invasion of low flying and noisy turbojet planes were featured at the special meeting of the Burien City Council Monday night. The meeting... [Read more]

Objectors stall request to add 2 Burien cops; Council okays new teen program

Objectors stall request to add 2 Burien cops; Council okays new teen program

By Jack Mayne A move to add two officers to the Burien Police Department at an estimated cost of $415,000 was debated for over an hour at Monday night’s Burien City Council meeting, drawing heavy fire... [Read more]

Budget update approved by Council over objection that homeless are ‘overlooked’

Budget update approved by Council over objection that homeless are ‘overlooked’

by Jack Mayne The Burien City Council approved changes midway into its two-year financial plan and budget over the objections of Lauren Berkowitz Monday night. At the Dec. 7 Burien Council meeting, councilmembers... [Read more]

Burien City Council considers 1 percent increase in 2016 property taxes

Burien City Council considers 1 percent increase in 2016 property taxes

by Jack Mayne Even though the financial outlook for Burien is improving along with the state’s economy, a 1 percent increase of resident’s property taxes was given initial consideration by the Burien... [Read more]

Public invited to Highline School Board work session on district budget Feb. 18

Public invited to Highline School Board work session on district budget Feb. 18

The Highline Public Schools School Board is inviting community members, families and staff to attend a work session on the district’s budget, set for Wednesday, Feb. 18 at Marvista Elementary School... [Read more]

Business tax increased as Burien City Council wrestles with new budget

Business tax increased as Burien City Council wrestles with new budget

by Jack Mayne In a meeting leading up to December passage of the Burien 2015-2016 city budget, the Burien City Council preliminarily okayed increasing the business and occupations tax, and also increased... [Read more]

Burien Council remains hesitant about specific goals for new biennial budget

Burien Council remains hesitant about specific goals for new biennial budget

by Jack Mayne Finance Director Kim Krause told the Burien City Council Monday night of adjustments in the preliminary 2015-2016 biennial budget scheduled for adopting on Dec. 1. One is an increase in property... [Read more]

City of Burien holding two public hearings on 2015-16 Biennial Budget

City of Burien holding two public hearings on 2015-16 Biennial Budget

The City of Burien will be holding public hearings on Nov. 3 and Nov. 17 to receive comments on the 2015-16 Biennial Budget and proposed supplement package. The meetings will be held in the City Hall Council... [Read more]

Proposal to double B&O tax on larger businesses submitted to City Council

Proposal to double B&O tax on larger businesses submitted to City Council

by Jack Mayne In order to seek potential boutique hotels, arts facilities and increased general business, Burien City Manager Kamuron Gurol is proposing to double the city’s Business and Occupations... [Read more]

Increased sales, property tax revenue in first 2015-16 proposed Burien city budget

Increased sales, property tax revenue in first 2015-16 proposed Burien city budget

by Jack Mayne The Burien City Council at its Monday night (Oct. 6) session heard that increasing sales and property tax revenues could permit city lawmakers to increase the next biennial budget over the... [Read more]

Amended Burien budget reflects slight improvement in City’s economy

Amended Burien budget reflects slight improvement in City’s economy

Burien councilmembers unanimously approved at their Dec. 2 meeting amendments to the city’s 2013-14 biennial budget that reflect improving economic conditions locally. With frugal budget management,... [Read more]

Joan McGilton Defends New Burien Budget: ‘City Is Not Going Broke’

Joan McGilton Defends New Burien Budget: ‘City Is Not Going Broke’

by Ralph Nichols The Burien City Council adopted its 2013-14 budget on a 4-3 vote last Monday night (Nov. 5). 

 Mayor Brian Bennett, Deputy Mayor Rose Clark, and Council members Joan McGilton and... [Read more]

Burien Council Adopts 2013-14 City Budget Monday Night

Burien Council Adopts 2013-14 City Budget Monday Night

The Burien City Council adopted its 2013-14 budget on a 4-3 vote Monday night (Nov. 5). Mayor Brian Bennett, Deputy Mayor Rose Clark, and council members Joan McGilton and Gerald Robison voted yes. Council... [Read more]

City of Burien Holding Public Hearing on 2013-2014 Budget Monday, Oct. 22

City of Burien Holding Public Hearing on 2013-2014 Budget Monday, Oct. 22

The City of Burien announced Monday (Oct. 15) that it will hold a public hearing on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, “for the purpose of receiving comments on the 2013-2014 Biennial Budget prior to its adoption.” “Citizens... [Read more]

Proposed Burien City Budget for 2013-14 Constrained by ‘Structural Deficit’

Proposed Burien City Budget for 2013-14 Constrained by ‘Structural Deficit’

The front page of the city’s preliminary 2013-14 budget. Click image to download full PDF file. by Ralph Nichols Burien council members are reviewing a proposed city budget (download PDF here) that... [Read more]

LETTER: ‘City in Financial Difficulty’; ‘May Have Gone Into Reserve Fund’

LETTER: ‘City in Financial Difficulty’; ‘May Have Gone Into Reserve Fund’

Editor: It is my understanding that at this last Burien City Council meeting (9-24-12), it became apparent that the City of Burien is in financial difficulty. Not only does the City need to raise taxes... [Read more]

LETTER: ‘I Urge Any Resident that Cares About Fiscal Responsibility to Show Up’ to Monday Night Meeting

LETTER: ‘I Urge Any Resident that Cares About Fiscal Responsibility to Show Up’ to Monday Night Meeting

Dear B-Town: Last week the City Finance Dept. revealed that the Burien budget will be short approx. $800,000 for the years 2012 and 2013 due to reduced property values/revenues. The only option shown for... [Read more]

City of Burien Holding Public Hearing on 2013-14 Budget on Monday, Aug. 6

City of Burien Holding Public Hearing on 2013-14 Budget on Monday, Aug. 6

UPDATE 7/27/12: The City of Burien changed the start time of its public hearing for its 2013-2014 Biennial Budget to 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 6. Originally the city said the start time was 6 p.m. This meeting... [Read more]

LETTER: ‘A Fiscal Wrench into the Affordability of Annexation at this Time’

LETTER: ‘A Fiscal Wrench into the Affordability of Annexation at this Time’

Council Members, It has been reported that property tax revenue in Burien is down 8.8% for 2012 and revenues will be down another 4.5% in 2013. These figures are from the city of Burien’s finance... [Read more]

Burien Council to Look for Ways to Offset Tax Losses at Monday Meeting

Burien Council to Look for Ways to Offset Tax Losses at Monday Meeting

Burien council members Joan McGilton, left, and Rose Clark. by Ralph Nichols Burien city council members will begin the laborious task of writing the city’s 2013-14 biennial budget at their monthly study... [Read more]