Council Votes to Raise Property Tax and EMS Tax

Mill Creek City Council Votes to Raise Property Tax and EMS Tax
Posted on 11/27/2019

After extensive discussion during its Nov. 26 meeting, City Council voted 6-1 to levy a 1 percent regular property tax increase. Councilmember Cavaleri opposed the increase. The regular property tax increase will generate $62,897 in additional revenue for the City. The total property tax levy contributes $6.4 million in revenue to the City.

Additionally, the Mill Creek City Council voted unanimously to levy a 1 percent Emergency Medical Services (EMS) tax increase, which will generate $17,093 in revenue for the City. The total EMS levy, including the 1% increase, is $1,750,000.

Currently,
the combined property and EMS levies total $8.2 million and provide approximately 56% of the City’s general fund revenue. Less than 20% of the property tax assessed on Mill Creek residents goes to the City. The bulk goes to Everett School District, State of Washington, Snohomish County, Library and the Transit Authority.

The recent decision on property tax levies and projected revenue from the 1% increases will be included in the mid-biennial budget adjustment. The budget amendments are slated for City Council approval on December 3.