COVID-19 Response: Budget Updates

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a crisis in our community, with dramatic effect on our residents, businesses and social service providers. These impacts are of a magnitude not seen by many in our lifetimes. We have had to shut our communities down and weather the storm. And we share the sadness for the toll that this disease has taken on members of our community, and their families.

Due to significant dips forecasted in sales tax; business and occupation tax; and utility taxes, the City estimates close to $10 million in reduced revenues to the general fund in 2020. Other funds will also see reductions.

To ensure flexibility in our response to the pandemic, the City is taking a phased approach to budget cuts. We need to reduce our services to match our expected revenue levels, and that means taking a hard look at the community and City Council priorities – and only delivering those very basic priority services. 

Learn more about our budget reductions, and service changes, online and via YouTube. Examples include:
  • Only offering base services at the Community Center, Julius Boehm Pool, Senior Center and Pickering Barn once they reopen.
  • Eliminating a program for expedited permit review. 
  • No longer processing passports.
A pandemic creates an ever-changing set of constraints and issues, and requires us to be flexible and nimble in order to respond in a responsible way. As we continue our response to this crisis, I am confident our dedicated City Council, employees and community will demonstrate, once again, Issaquah’s historic resilience and strength.

Issaquah Recovery Task Force

To advise the City on various issues related to the City’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and future reopening of City services and programs, I am forming an Issaquah Recovery Task Force.

This task force will also advise us on other community initiatives that are important to Issaquah residents and businesses over the next several months. Membership on the task force will be open to all current members of the City’s boards and commissions.

This pandemic has dramatically changed how we as a City do business. Community involvement in how we proceed will be critical, and I look forward to the input and guidance provided by our highly-engaged board and commission members, who bring a wealth of experience and perspective to the table.

It is anticipated that this task force will meet virtually twice a month for the next several months. The meetings will be open to the public and recorded. Meanwhile, the City’s boards and commissions will remain on hiatus for the foreseeable future and will only meet if actionable business is required.

Stay Informed

To stay informed, please check our website, which also has resources for those in need, ideas on how we can help each other, and how we can support local businesses during this challenging time.

Please, stay home and stay healthy. We got this, Issaquah.

Yours in Service,

Mayor Mary Lou Pauly
City of Issaquah
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