2019-2020 Biennium Budget

The City of Mill Creek is now developing the 2019-2020 biennium budget. Take our survey at the bottom of this page; your answers help shape development of the City's Biennial Budget, Capital Improvement Plan, and Transportation Improvement Plan.

Budget Development Process
An image of the budget development process documentWelcome to the biennial budget process!

Per state law, the City Manager must submit the recommended “balanced” biennial budget to Council by the first business day in November. The proposed budget needs to address all fiscal issues - including revenues, expenditures, and service levels. The City Council will consider the City Manager’s recommended budget, provide ample opportunity for public input, make modifications as they deem necessary, and adopt the final budget in advance of the beginning of the ensuing biennium.

The adopted budget serves as a financial planning and policy document for use by the community, staff, and Council members. The staff’s mission is to prepare the best information possible - including the detailed impact of choices related to fiscal issues, along with program costs and levels of service. Armed with this information and assisted by public input, the Council can make well-informed decisions that ensure the continuance of good public policy in Mill Creek.

Learn more about the approach and responsibilities for developing the budget. (Downloads a PDF)

Desired Budget Outcomes
Interim City Manager presented Desired Budget Outcomes to the City Council for review and feedback at its July 24, 2018, meeting. The Council provided input and the document was finalized. The Desired Budget Outcomes will guide development of the 2019-2020 Budget.

View the Desired Budget Outcomes. (Downloads a PDF)

Your Opportunity for Feedback
The City of Mill Creek is developing its 2019-2020 Biennial Budget and the 2019-2024 Capital Improvement Plan. Cities are challenged every year to provide services with the rising cost of delivering services. This process includes opportunities for community input to help guide the development of the City’s Budget.

Following are some questions to garner your input. Feedback provided will be reviewed and considered by the City Manager and the City’s leadership team in developing the Budget and Capital Improvement Plan and will be provided to the City Council for their consideration as they evaluate and deliberate on these items.

Although the survey below is non-scientific, it is one avenue for citizen engagement. Other opportunities for public input include:

• Public comment at City Council meetings
• Neighborhood Focus Group meeting (Sept. 13)
• Party in the Parks event at Cougar Park (Sept. 18)
• Facebook forums (www.facebook.com/millcreekwa)

2020 Biennium Budget

1. If you were City Manager for a day, where would you want to focus/prioritize the City’s services assuming fixed tax dollars? Please rank in order of importance, with 1 being most important and 9 being least important to you.

Enhanced Police Patrol

Park and Trail Maintenance

Road Maintenance

Traffic Improvements

More Community Events

More Recreational Programming

Enhanced Domestic Services (e.g., Passports, TSA Pre-Check)

Code Enforcement

Infrastructure Repairs and Replacement (e.g., paving, surface water pipes)


2. In terms of public services provided by the City of Mill Creek, do you think that overall, the City provides too few services, about the right amount of services, or too many services?

Too Few

About Right

Too Many

Don't Know


3. Overall do you believe you receive value from your tax dollars based on the public services provided by the City of Mill Creek? (See a breakdown of taxes at this link, which will open in a new tab.)



Don't Know

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