Kirkland prides itself on providing residents an exceptional quality of life with great schools, safe streets, a clean environment and beautiful parks. We make those choices, whether related to public safety, maintaining our parks, keeping our pedestrians safe or protecting our natural environment, through our budget.
In the 2018 Biennial Community Survey, the City asked residents what is most important to them. We know from the survey that residents want to stay informed on how community resources are being spent. To support that goal, the City has launched City Spotlight, which shines a light on key budget facts of the City. In addition, the City will release a series of brief videos featuring Councilmembers to start a dialogue about various priority areas. Look for these videos over the coming months.
Want to have your say on how the City spends community resources? Here are some ways to get engaged:
- give feedback on City Spotlight series on the City's Facebook page
- watch the City Spotlight video series featuring Councilmembers (will be posted here once released)
- attend City Hall for All event at City Hall on October 6
- provide direct feedback by playing the Budget Game at Dennyfest on August 19, or at Crossing Kirkland on September 8.
Keep visiting this webpage for updates to the City Spotlights, the upcoming video series, reports and other information. You can also follow the City’s Facebook page or Twitter account for more information.
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2017-2018 Budget documents
The City’s Budget is composed of 24 separate funds that are balanced independently—revenues equal expenditures. The City's budget is divided into four primary sections—General Government, Water/Sewer Utility, Surface Water Utility, and Solid Waste Utility. Within each primary section there are operating and non-operating funds, with the exception of the Solid Waste Utility which is comprised of an operating fund only.
General government operating funds account for services to the public including public safety, street maintenance, land use, parks and administrative functions. Taxes, fees and charges, and contributions from other governments are the primary finance sources for general government non-operation funds account for debt service, capital improvements and reserves related to these operating funds.
Like the general government funds, the Water/Sewer Utility and the Surface Water Utility both have operating and non-operating components. Distinct from the general government funds, each of the utilities operates much the same as a business (enterprise), with customer charges (rates) supporting all costs. Resources of the utilities cannot be used to subsidize general government functions.
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