Category Archives: Finance Committee

Olympia’s 2012 Budget

Last night the City Council took on the 2013 Operating Budget which includes most of the programs, services, and employees. You can watch the video here. Typically, we don’t see discussion of the budget this early in the year. Also … Continue reading

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2013 Olympia Capital Facilities Plan

The OPC’s Finance subcommittee, chaired by Roger Horn, will meet tonight to continue its review and recommendations of the Capital Facilities Plan. This Growth Management Act requires this to be done each year. The CFP is essentially a list of … Continue reading

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Olympia City Council Study Session 11.15.2011: Sea Level Rise

I was unable to attend the city council study session this week on Sea Level Rise, but the staff report contains some noteworthy information. Hopefully some of you who did attend can comment and fill the rest of us in. … Continue reading

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Muni Finance Fail: Miami, FL and Portland, OR

WSJ: Delaying road maintenance: In Miami, the Securities and Exchange Commission is wrapping up an investigation into whether the city used funds intended for roads and other purposes to fill budget gaps elsewhere, according to people close to the probe. … Continue reading

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NYT: Municipal Services and Low Density

The New York Times ran another article detailing the difficulties involved with the provision of services in low density areas. It is certainly worth a read in light of our own ongoing municipal discussion over how to provide services to … Continue reading

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Summary of Regular Planning Commission Meeting October 17, 2011

The OPC finished the deliberation on the 2012 Capital Facilities Plan (CFP). I offer Subcommittee Chairperson Richard Wolf my heartfelt gratitude for an efficient and prompt turnaround on the commission’s commentary of the CFP. It seemed like he was against … Continue reading

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OPC: October 17, 2011 Regular Meeting Agenda

The agenda is here. Two major items, both deliberations: 2012 Capital Facilities Plan, (this meeting with emphasis on the Olympia School District) and Shoreline Master Program. Most of the latter will be voting on the issues (setbacks) that were not … Continue reading

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Capital City Declares Bankruptcy!

Updated As a follow up to my previous post of the Capital Facilities Plan, we have news that yesterday another capital city in the United States petitioned for bankruptcy protection. The City of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania called its creditors to the … Continue reading

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Is Olympia’s Capital Facilities Plan Unsustainable?

Updated at 18:00 PST. (See below under the Mahler embedded video.) I came upon a document produced by Strongtowns.org last week—linked via the Atlantic Cities Place Matters feed (which is absolutely terrific by the way)—that is timely given our recent … Continue reading

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Summary of Regular Planning Commission Meeting October 3, 2011

I was unable to attend both meetings yesterday—insert stock complaint about the logic of holding a meeting about long term planning and community involvement on the night the planning commission is meeting. One does wonder whether little hitches like this … Continue reading

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