How the City should update water rates

August 2, 2015 12:01 by Ryan
As the sunlight has streamed into City Hall during the last two years, one thing has become extraordinarily clear: we’ve been substantially underfunding our infrastructure. One of our largest problems right now is that we need to refurbish the City’s 3-million-gallon water tank on Whistle Lake Road, and we have essentially no reserves i... [More]

Community Budget Open House

March 8, 2015 11:37 by Ryan
As the kickoff to our enhanced budget process this year, the City of Anacortes is holding an open house this Tuesday from 4:30-6pm in the council chambers at city hall. Department heads will host tables about their departments and take your comments and answer questions about the services they provide. (They'll be taking notes!) City Councilme... [More]

We’re Ready for a Full-Time City Attorney

November 1, 2014 23:17 by Ryan
Anacortes is the only city in Skagit County without a full-time employee city attorney. Each of our neighboring cities (including Bellingham, Burlington, Mount Vernon, Oak Harbor, and Sedro-Woolley) has a full-time employee serving as their city attorney. Bellingham and Oak Harbor have multiple employees in that role, and Sedro-Woolley has a combin... [More]

How much should our mayor be paid?

July 31, 2013 07:03 by Ryan
As the Skagit Valley Herald reported a while back, the City Council recently discussed a proposal to increase the mayor’s base salary from $103,663 to $110,000. I can’t imagine why we’re considering this during the “toughest budget year in 19 years,” but since the mayor has proposed it, let’s talk about it. The M... [More]