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June 6, 2018 | Vol. 13 | No. 23
Financial_ChallengesFinancial Challenges Process Update and New FAQ
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At last night's meeting, the City Council kicked off its discussion around the City's ongoing financial challenges and whether to put the issue to a public vote on the November 2018 ballot. Council will receive the City Manager's recommendation at its next meeting on June 19.

Over the past few days, the extensive online FAQ archive has been updated with some new questions, refreshed 2018 data, and other information. View the FAQ here: www.mercergov.org/Financial-FAQLooking for information just on property taxes? You may find this focused webpage of interest.

Almost a year ago, 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. While the current 2017-2018 budget has been temporarily balanced using a one-time surplus, the City is projecting significant deficits starting in 2019.
Mercer Island Goes Green
SolarizeSolarize Workshops Start June 26
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The City has launched its second Solarize Mercer Island campaign!
Attend a free workshop to learn more and qualify for a FREE site assessment of your roof's potential.  Workshop dates are as follows:
  • Tues, June 26 -- 6:30-8:00pm
  • Weds, July 18 -- 6:30-8:00pm
  • Sat, Sept 15 -- 10:00-11:30am
  • Tues, Oct 9 -- 6:00-7:30pm
Building on the success of the 2014 residential solar campaign, which led to almost 50 new installations , the City of Mercer Island is partnering with  the citizens' group Sustainable Mercer Island and the local non-profit Spark Northwest to work with a pre-selected, qualified solar installer.
If you have been contemplating rooftop solar, or if you missed out last time, NOW is the time to act:
  • Solar is more cost-effective than ever before
  • Qualify for 30% federal tax rebate (until Dec 2019)
  • Receive a time-limited, group purchasing discount
  • Generous WA state incentives are expiring soon!
To learn more, and to register for a free workshop where you can schedule a free home assessment, visit our partner's website. Look for our outreach booths this summer at the Farmers Market (June) and Summer Celebration (July).
Read more about the City's range of solar programs at www.mercergov.org/SolarPower,  or Email Ross Freeman, Sustainability Manager, at ross.freeman@mercergov.org
PlaygroundSouth Mercer Playground Grand Reopening
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The new playground at South Mercer Playfields (SE 78th Street and 84th Avenue SE) is complete and ready for use! The whole community is invited to the grand opening of the refurbished playground on Friday, June 15, at Noon.

Come join the City for a ribbon-cutting, enjoy a frozen treat, and explore the nature-inspired play structures!
Questions? Call (206) 275-7609
Light_RailLight Rail Station Progress
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East Link construction reached a milestone a few weeks ago as steel rail delivery began on Mercer Island, a first for any East Link station. Approximately 15 miles of rail have been delivered to the work zone here already, and approximately 28 miles of rail total will be installed between the International District / Chinatown Station in Seattle and the East Channel Bridge. Rail welding and grinding will begin in the coming weeks to prepare for assembly. 

In addition, Island drivers will have noticed that the structural steel for the west headhouse is taking shape next to 77th Avenue SE. In June and July, work crews will post-tension (strengthen) the floating bridge, which will require overnight westbound closures; more information coming soon. 

Learn more about construction impacts and milestones by subscribing to Sound Transit updates.


For questions and comments on the MI Weekly, contact
Sustainability & Communications Manager Ross Freeman at

ross.freeman@mercergov.org or 206.275.7662.