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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]

City of Burien hires Eric Christensen as its new Finance Director

City of Burien hires Eric Christensen as its new Finance Director

Burien City Manager Brian J. Wilson selected Eric Christensen to be the city’s next Finance Director, replacing Kim Krause, who left in April. His first day was June 25. Christensen brings over 20... [Read more]

Moody’s upgrades City of Burien’s credit rating to Aa3

Moody’s upgrades City of Burien’s credit rating to Aa3

Late last week, Moody’s Investor Services released a report upgrading the City of Burien’s credit rating from A1 to Aa3. The upgrade was given “due to the City’s robust reserves, strong liquidity,... [Read more]

CARES now handles all stray, lost cat reports, is lauded for doing ‘fantastic job’

CARES now handles all stray, lost cat reports, is lauded for doing ‘fantastic job’

by Jack Mayne Once controversial, the CARES Animal Control agency told the Burien City Council they now handle all calls about cats where once they did not, and one Councilmember said they “have done... [Read more]

Council rejects move to cut police budget, gives Burien employees living cost raise

Council rejects move to cut police budget, gives Burien employees living cost raise

by Jack Mayne Updating Burien’s biennial budget halfway through drew attempts to slash the budget for city police and to increase the cost of living increase for Burien city workers. After two and a... [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]

ANALYSIS: Making sense of the ‘Great Greenhouse Grant Application Caper’

ANALYSIS: Making sense of the ‘Great Greenhouse Grant Application Caper’

The Bel-R Greenhouses are located at 12415 5th Place SW in Burien. by Jack Mayne Spending money is always of great concern to Burien taxpayers, especially when the city simply does not have a lot of available... [Read more]

Replacement Levy for Highline School District will be on Feb. 10 ballot

Replacement Levy for Highline School District will be on Feb. 10 ballot

A three-year educational programs and operations replacement levy – NOT a new bond – will go before voters on Feb. 10, 2015. Levies pay for educating students and operating schools above the costs... [Read more]

Burien Council approves $450,000 to complete Seahurst Park Restoration

Burien Council approves $450,000 to complete Seahurst Park Restoration

by Ralph Nichols Burien City Council members unanimously approved at their March 17 meeting an additional $450,000 to fund completion of phase two of the Seahurst Park Shoreline Ecosystem Restoration Project. Only... [Read more]

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Cox Financial holding free workshop on Social Security & Retirement Tuesday

BTB Advertiser Cox Financial will be holding a FREE workshop called “Transform your Social Security into a winning retirement strategy” on Tuesday, Oct. 8 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at their offices... [Read more]

Burien City finances reported as ‘Good’ through Mid-2013

Burien City finances reported as ‘Good’ through Mid-2013

by Ralph Nichols Two quarters into the 2013-14 Burien budget cycle the city is where it needs to be, council members have been informed. In a recent quarterly update, Financial Director Kim Krause said... [Read more]

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Learn ‘Estate Planning & Investing After the Fiscal Cliff’ at Cox Financial Jan. 31

Advertiser Cox Financial will be presenting a free seminar on ‘Estate Planning & Investing After the Fiscal Cliff’ at their Burien office on Thursday, Jan. 31 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. “Check... [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]

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Learn About ‘The Election & Your Long Term Strategy’ from Cox Financial Nov. 15

BTB Advertiser Cox Financial is holding a seminar called ‘The Election and Your Long Term Strategy’ from 6 – 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15 at their office at 112 SW 157th Street in Burien. “Join... [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]

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Advertiser McKay Wealth Management Holding Two Seminars Sept. 11 & 13

Our latest Advertiser McKay Wealth Management will be holding two free seminars on retirement and benefits on Tuesday, Sept. 11 and Thursday, Sept. 13 at the Burien Community Center. Hosted by Jeff McKay,... [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]

Burien City Council Prepares To Approve Adjustments To Biennial Budget

Burien City Council Prepares To Approve Adjustments To Biennial Budget

by Ralph Nichols Burien lawmakers are poised to approve adjustments to the city’s 2012 budget on Nov. 28, following a second public hearing on next year’s spending plan and property tax levy. The first... [Read more]

City Manager Mike Martin Takes Responsibility for $500,000 Cost Overrun on Asphalt Overlay Project

City Manager Mike Martin Takes Responsibility for $500,000 Cost Overrun on Asphalt Overlay Project

by Ralph Nichols Burien’s recently completed asphalt overlay project ended with an estimated cost overrun of about $500,000. And, City Manager Mike Martin told The B-Town Blog Monday (Aug. 15), “We... [Read more]

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Advertiser Sunrise Financial: When Did ‘Annuity’ Become A Four Letter Word?

BTB Advertiser Sunrise Financial Services wants to answer our Readers questions, and this month the question is “When did ‘Annuity’ become a four letter word?”: by Janice Hammond The... [Read more]

Stretch Your Dollars In Our Newest Section: The B-Town Coupon Page!

Stretch Your Dollars In Our Newest Section: The B-Town Coupon Page!

We know that all our smart Readers love to stretch their hard-earned dollars, and today we’re proud to unveil the latest new feature of The B-Town Blog which will help you do just that – a local... [Read more]