Councilmember Kim Daughtry.
At last week’s city council meeting, incoming councilmember Kim Daughtry was appointed to fill Heather Coleman’s empty seat for the remainder of 2009. Coleman moved out of the city and left her seat vacant on Oct. 26 of this year.
“The position became vacated and because it appears he will be the one taking over the position in January, the council feels that it was appropriate,” Lake Stevens City Administrator Jan Berg said.
“Kim has been coming to the meetings for two years now and understands what is going on and might as well get his feet wet now,” Mayor Vern LIttle said.
Daughtry took the oath of office on Monday, Nov. 9. In January, he, Marcus Tageant, Kathy Holder and Neal Dooley will be taking their oaths for their positions for the next four years.
“It is to my benefit to be placed early so that I can learn more and be better prepared for my tenure on the council. It allows me more time to build relationships with the Mayor, council, staff and community,” Daughtry said. “Sitting in the audience, listening to the council and staff was educational. Being involved in the discussions and having the ability to ask questions and give opinions in real time will be a whole new experience. I appreciate the opportunity the Council has given me.”
Monday night’s meeting also involved the first of three public hearings regarding the 2010 budget.
The council had city staff prepare a budget that would include the south lake annexation area which is currently passing by 57 percent to 43 percent thus far.
“It appears annexation is going to pass so the council wanted to be proactive and fold our annexation budget into those hearings,” Berg said. “The vote will not be certified until Nov. 24. However, the city wanted to be proactive in their budget planning.”
Once the vote is certified, the city will be adding over 10,000 people and over 9-square miles of land.
“We have no secrets, and they will be part of our City in just a few weeks. We wanted to make sure the budget proposed had no surprises. We planned for this day, why not show where we are in the process,” Little said.
The 2010 general fund expense will be $9.2 million with the annexation. If the proposal fails, the general fund expense will be $6.9 million.
However, property tax will not be collected by the city until 2011 leaving the city with a $565,000 deficit in 2010.
The southwest annexation area will be turned over to the city on Dec. 31, 2009, pending certification of the vote. Thirteen new police employees will be hired adding to the current 23.
Public hearings for the 2010 budget will also take place on Monday, Nov. 23 and Nov. 30 with a final vote by the council on Nov. 30.