Happy New Year!
I hope you had a terrific holiday season. Winding down 2012 was a busy time for the city, with final work and passage of an austere budget in mid-December and staff finishing their year-end projects.
Hopefully our economy will continue to improve. Sales tax in the city has shown modest (and I do mean modest) improvement. Property values have stabilized and shown improvement, which will eventually assist our declined property tax revenue. Those two revenue streams provide about 55% of the city's General Fund.
In early April we will travel to Hekinan, Japan to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of our Sister City relationship. I hope to take a large delegation to mark this important event. Many special activities are being planned during our stay and I am looking forward to connecting with the people of Hekinan.
Continuing the celebration, in October, we will host a delegation from Hekinan. The Sister City Commission is busy making plans for their visit and we will be sure and highlight those plans in the 2013 Fall edition of this newsletter. If you are interested in learning more about either delegation, please contact my Executive Assistant, Carolyn LaFave at 425-771-0247.
One of the many fabulous pieces of the fabric in our community is the high level of citizen volunteerism with various organizations, commissions, boards, and committees.The beginning of a new year is a great time to consider being a volunteer in your community. You could contact the Chamber of Commerce, the city, service clubs, your church, public and private schools, or local food banks. We literally have hundreds of actively involved volunteers here in Edmonds, but there is always room for more. I hope you will consider assisting in our community.
Enjoy this issue of "Update on Edmonds"
and we'll be back in April with the Spring edition.