City of Tukwila E-Hazelnut Newsletter
August  2018
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Mayor: Allan Ekberg

Verna Seal (Council President)
Dennis Robertson 
Kathy Hougardy
De'Sean Quinn
Kate Kruller
Thomas McLeod 
Zak Idan

2019/2020 Budget process is underway 

The City is currently working toward - and committed to - developing and adopting a fiscally-sound, balanced budget for the 2019-2020 biennium. On October 1, the Mayor will formally present his proposed budget, following Council review of each department's preliminary budget during committee meetings over the next two months. The Council will deliberate and adopt the final City budget by the end of the year.  

All levels of government are currently facing budgetary challenges due to a variety of consequential factors. According to our preliminary analysis of the 2019/2020 budget, Tukwila will as well. Sales tax, which makes up more than 1/3 of our revenue, has flattened, and revenue growth is not keeping pace with the cost of ongoing expenditures. Additionally, the State funding of sales tax mitigation, which was established to compensate cities like Tukwila hard-hit by the change to destination-based sales tax, will end by 2020. This results in a $1.4 million shortfall to the next biennial budget.  

When the City began experiencing these challenges this year, all of the departments cooperatively initiated a 3% underspend to align their expenditures with the updated revenue forecasts. While continuing to maintain its services, the City has already realized savings and is on track for reducing expenditures to match anticipated revenues.  
In order to address the shortfall, the City is examining several things to help it produce a balanced budget:  
  • Reduction of ongoing expenses: Each department has been asked to identify a 3% budget reduction in 2019 and 2020. 
  • Exploring additional revenue options: The Administration is studying what, if any, additional non-voter-approved revenue options could be available to the City. 
  • Priority-Based Budgeting: The City's implementation of Priority-Based Budgeting (PBB) will help the Administration, Council and staff better understand how department and program budgets align with City priorities, as well as identifying areas that could be considered for reduction in services. PBB takes time to implement, and will be a multi-year process to fully achieve all of the benefits of this effort. 
At this point, no decisions have been made. There will be significant opportunities for community input over the coming months, including Council Committee, Committee of the Whole and regular Council meetings, digital engagement via social media and the website, and by other means. Both the Administration and Council are genuinely committed to a cooperative approach to the budget, which includes input and ideas from the community, staff and other stakeholders. The City will be transparent in all of its decision-making, and steadfast in providing ongoing, comprehensive communications regarding the budget as it is developed and deliberated.  
City receives park program grant 

The belief that everyone deserves a great park close to home (within a 10-minute walk) led the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), the Trust for Public Land (TPL) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI) to launch the 10-Minute Walk campaign in October 2017. Since then, nearly 200 mayors have committed to improving park access and quality in their cities. Tukwila is one of 12 cities to receive the first technical assistance grants to advance the three goals of the 10-Minute Walk Campaign.  
  • Leadership - Demonstrate broad-based support for the 10-Minute Walk Campaign. 
  • Planning, Policy and Funding - Support incorporation of the 10-Minute Walk Campaign as a sustained planning and funding priority for the community. 
  • Implementation - Increase percentage of people living within a 10-minute walk of a high-quality park through enhanced funding, partnerships and expertise. 
Tukwila's campaign focus will be using new engagement tools to determine community desire for park placement, development and programming that can be reflected in the City's Parks, Recreation and Open Space (PROS) Plan.   About 80% of Tukwila residents already live within a ten minute walk of a park. Learn more at .  
Join your fellow Sounders FC fans at the 2018 Seattle Sounders FC Rave Green Run on September 15, 2018

Join your fellow Sounders FC fans at the 2018 Seattle Sounders FC Rave Green Run presented by CHI Franciscan Health. This year's race, a fun and fast 5k, is offered in the new location of Tukwila, WA - providing runners with an authentic Sounders FC experience as they run along Tukwila's beautiful trails through Starfire Sports campus. The race ends at Westfield Southcenter where runners and spectators can enjoy refreshments, entertainment and awards at the Finish Line Festival presented by Dasani. Course details and registration information can be found online at

All proceeds from the Rave Green Run benefit RAVE Foundation, the official charitable arm of Seattle Sounders FC. RAVE Foundation uses soccer as a vehicle to inspire youth and strengthen communities.