City council unanimously approves 2012 budget

Published on Wed, Dec 14, 2011 by Jeremy Schwartz

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After weeks of deliberation and two public hearings, Blaine City Council has approved the city’s 2012 budget.

City council voted 6-0, with council member Harry Robinson absent, to approve the budget at its December 12 meeting. Council had previously held public hearings on the budget at its November 14 and November 28 meetings.

The city expects to bring in about $4.7 million in the 2012 fiscal year while spending approximately $4.6 million. Compared to 2011, the city will take in about 0.6 percent less in revenue.

The city is facing a number of unknowns in the 2012 fiscal year, chief among them being changes to Washington state’s biennial budget. Governor Chris Gregoire is proposing that the state withhold cities’ share of state excise liquor taxes as one part of a plan to fill a $1.7 billion budget hole. For Blaine, this would mean $122,000 less per year, which is about 3 percent of the city’s 2012 budget, Blaine finance director Jeff Lazenby said.