Take Part in Discussion of City’s Financial Challenges, including budget impacts on Mercer Island Youth and Family Services. Wednesday October 11th, 7-8pm.
In July, the City began a public engagement process to share information about the City’s financial challenges with the community and to seek public input on how best to balance the budget. As part of its outreach, the City is piloting a new technology that allows interested residents to join a moderated, community meeting by telephone or computer, providing a new option for those who are unable to attend in-person. Participants may ask questions in real-time, and a recording of the event will be available afterwards. This interactive meeting is known as a “Telephone Town Hall” and anyone can join in, or just listen, from any telephone.
What does this have to do with Mercer Island Youth and Family Services?
For the 2017-2018 Budget cycle, significant deficits have been projected in the General Fund and Youth and Family Services (YFS) Fund, which account for most of the City’s services (excluding utilities). The General Fund pays for a wide range of City services such as park maintenance, police and fire services, and special events. The Youth and Family Services Fund pays for school counselors, emergency family assistance, and employment assistance.
The imbalance was temporarily solved using 2016 surplus revenues in the General Fund, which were generated by the high level of development activity on the Island, and one-time resources in the Criminal Justice Fund, which was folded into the General Fund in 2017. However, this budget balancing solution is only temporary, meaning the projected deficits will occur in 2019.
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More detailed information about the budget, process, impacts, and further opportunities to get involved: