KGMI News Reporting
By Karen Taylor
Bellingham, Wash. – Mayor Kelli Linville’s 2014 budget proposal may be the first balanced budget the City of Bellingham has had since 2007.
Linville says the city has had to dip into reserves for the last six years in a row to make ends meet during the recession.
She says for the first time in years, the city has the chance at a balanced budget without any major cuts or layoffs.
Her proposal assumes the city council will approve a 1 percent property tax increase and is based on cautious 2014 tax revenue projections.
Linville wants to move some city offices into the empty old federal building, hire three more police officers, and hire a planner to create a new permitting system.