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city_seal.gifThe City Council has approved a $45 million city budget for next year which includes a one percent hike in the city’s property tax levy, the maximum allowed under the law without a vote by city residents. 

The City Council has approved a $45 million city budget for next year which includes a one percent hike in the city’s property tax levy, the maximum allowed under the law without a vote by city residents. 

The city’s levy increase will cost the owner of a $350,000 home just $4.65 more than the current property tax, City Finance Director Steve Hogland told the Council at Monday night’s meeting.

Hogland also pointed out that Anacortes has one of the lowest property tax rates in the county. The 2009 levy will net the city a projected increase of $39,704 for the year.

Mayor Dean Maxwell called the budget “fiscally conservative.” But, he alluded to financial problems that some other Washington cities are having, saying “We run a tight ship here.”

He pointed out that the city may not end up spending all the money in the budget. He said “The budget is a plan for the city.” He mentioned the amount budgeted for one phase of the planned Guemes Island walking trail. He indicated that he doesn’t expect the trail planning to get under way next year.

Maxwell previously announced that the city will hold off with budgeted improvements to the city’s water treatment plant for the time being. He said the city’s bond council suggested money is too tight now to float a bond.

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

1,088 Skagit Cases (+4)
<50 Cases in ZIP 98221

97 Hospitalizations (+1)
22 Deaths (+0)
36,100 Tests
NA% Positive

83,702 Cases Statewide (+509)
7,349 Hospitalizations (+35)

2,081 Deaths Statewide (+11)

Updated 9:00 pm September 23, 2020.

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