Snohomish survey gives residents a chance to help prioritize city services

  • Sun Aug 22nd, 2010 10:40pm
  • News

By Alejandro Dominguez Herald Writer

SNOHOMISH — Residents are going to get something extra in their utilities bills. They will get a community budget update and a survey so they can weigh in on the next city budget.

The City Council approved the measure in last week’s meeting. The 3,500 rate payers will receive a single-sheet, two-sided update detailing general funds and asking residents to prioritize, from one to 10, ongoing services such as police and street maintenance.

“We expect to make some adjustments to some services. We don’t know where,” City Manager Larry Bauman said. “The survey can help direct the City Council.”

Residents will receive the survey in the next two billing cycles for August and September. Residents can return the survey along with their payments.

Bauman expects initial results from the mail-in survey to start arriving at the end of September to help with the budget workshops in October.

The city’s staff plans to deliver the recommended budget to the council Sept. 30. The survey has not been done in five years.

“The changes of the economic times change priorities,” Bauman said.

The costs to copy and to insert the survey in both billing cycles is expected to be $275.

Alejandro Dominguez: 425-339-3422; adominguez@heraldnet.com.