City Councilmembers, Stanwood Citizens, Businesses and Stanwood Community Stakeholders:
It is my goal that the 2021-2022 biennial budget is a reflection of the goals and needs of our community. The entire budget process is a demonstration of the teamwork and diligence of the city staff and the city council. I am encouraged by the strength of our local community and even in recent events it is clear that we are a town that supports our own. As we look to the future I am confident that this budget supports our community and puts us on a good footing for a strong economic future.
Based on input from the community, the City Council has identified four priorities that are evident throughout the budget. These priorities are seen in projects that are being funded and specific services that are supported. We took a balanced budget approach to align general fund resources with our need to add staffing resources as our community grows and increases demand for new levels of service delivery.
Supporting our local economy remains at the top of our priority list. With that in mind, you will see staff focus on supporting businesses as well as funding for specific projects such as the new city beautification program that will help our businesses thrive. Overwhelmingly, our community has identified parks and recreation as one of the greatest assets of our community as well as one of the greatest hopes for future growth. The budget includes specific allocations to realize this growth including the Stanwood Port Susan Trail as well as funding to complete the Hamilton Park and Boat Launch.
We want for this budget to be reflective of the community. We will always be working on improving our public engagement efforts and reaching out to our residents, businesses and community stakeholders so that they feel heard, included and have as many ways to find information and communicate with the City as possible.
I would like to thank the City Council for their work in setting priorities that put our community needs first. I would also like to thank our city staff who have labored to make this budget reality and who continually work so hard to keep our town running smoothly. It is a pleasure to serve as your Mayor, I am thankful to be a part of such a wonderful community.
Mayor Elizabeth Callaghan
About the 2021 - 2022 Budget
In 2019, the City of Stanwood partnered with Washington State University to gather community feedback on their opinions regarding various city services, how they can be improved, and what level of services the community desires. From the responses received, a variety of community priorities emerged which include:
- Protecting the environment
- Promoting public safety
- Improving existing parks and amenities
- Promoting economic growth
- More development towards the river
- Expanding tourism
- Enhancing public engagement efforts
Using top-ranked opportunities for improvement and priorities that the community survey identified, the Stanwood City Council desires to:
»Support a Sustainable Local Economy
- Focus economic development efforts on continually building a sustainable local economy by supporting existing businesses, recruiting new businesses, and promote our tourism industry.
»Enhance Parks and Recreation
- Improve our existing parks and trails, especially along the waterfront, and develop recreational opportunities for the community and visitors.
»Build Safe Streets
- Develop multi-modal, safe, and aesthetically pleasing city streets and support our WSDOT partnership to improve SR532 intersections.
»Improve Public Engagement Opportunity
- Continually enhance connectivity and public engagement tools for residents, businesses, and visitors through diverse communication channels that include alternative meeting formats.
The 2021-2022 Biennial Budget endeavors to support, through funding, the achievement of community priorities and goals. Throughout the budget document, we highlight how various budget allocations work to achieve these goals and community priorities along with the routine and on-going delivery of services that all city departments provide.