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Sammamish is on a path to insolvency, even with record tax revenue

I’m running for city council to make the difficult and responsible choices so we can continue to enjoy what makes Sammamish such a great place to live and raise our families.

The City Council has put Sammamish on a path to insolvency after voting to increase taxes and receiving a record amount in tax revenue.

Quick Facts:

  • Property tax revenue is forecasted to increase by $3.4 million. That’s a 5.2% increase.
  • Sales tax revenue is forecasted to increase by $2.8 million. That’s a 24% increase.
  • The city received $4.4 million from the Federal Government from the American Rescue Plan Act.
  • Since 2020, the City Council has voted to increase property taxes by 11.8%.

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Despite all this additional tax revenue and the one-time money from the Federal Government, my opponent, Pam Stuart, voted for a tax increase while overspending our revenues, resulting in a General Fund that is $5 million in deficit and using up vital reserve funds. This is not sustainable.

In fact, the City’s finance department is projecting that at the City Council’s current spending rate, Sammamish will be insolvent by the middle of 2027.

It is irresponsible for the city to collect millions of dollars in additional tax revenue from growth, vote to increase your taxes, then put us on this unsustainable path.

We need the City Council to make difficult and responsible choices. They have refused.

I’m running to set us on a sustainable path so we can continue to enjoy what makes Sammamish such a great place to live and raise our families.