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The City Council will hear public testimony Monday night on the city’s $43.4 budget for next year, which includes a request for a one percent increase in the property tax rate. 

Mayor Dean Maxwell’s budget message says “Anacortes continues to be one of the lowest taxing cities in Skagit County with a projected 2008 millage of $1.32 / 1000 of assessed value. ”

Property tax revenues largely fund operations of the City’s general government departments Police, Fire, Museum, Parks, and Library. The city’s utilities are funded separately. largely through user fees.

The coming year’s budget is 4.4 percent, or $1.9 million, higher than this year’s.

One large items on the budget is $2.5 million for upgrades to the city’s water treatment plant. The planned improvements, which will total around $36 million over several years, will be paid for by users of the city’s water, not property tax payers.

There are other items on the agenda besides the budget public hearing. And, following the open part of the meeting, the Council is set to go into closed session to discuss litigation over a cell tower planned for church property.

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

4,942 Confirmed Skagit Cases
400-409 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

318 Hospitalizations
67 Deaths
44,613 Fully Vaccinated
57,198 Initial Doses Given


379,100 Confirmed Cases Statewide
22,614 Hospitalizations

5,539 Deaths Statewide
2,419,434 Fully Vaccinated
3,368,279 Initial Doses Given

Updated 6 pm, May 5, 2021.

County Map: Confirmed COVID-19 cases by ZIP code in Skagit County. Updated weekly.

Sources: Skagit County Public Health, Washington State Department of Health, New York Times