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City of Poulsbo 2012 Budget-In-Brief

City of Poulsbo 2012 Budget-In-Brief

Mission StatementOur

Mission StatementOur City is committed to managing the public resources to promotecommunity health, safety and welfare and plan for the future to accommodategrowth, without burden, while preserving our natural resources andenhancing those qualities that make our community unique and desirable.The City’s Goals#1 - GrowthManage growth and change consistent with the Poulsbo Comprehensive Plan and adopted SmartGrowth goals, the Kitsap Regional Coordinating Council and the State Growth Management Act#2 - Economic DevelopmentEncourage a variety of job and housing opportunities through economic development includingtelecommunications#3 - Public SafetyEnsure the protection of persons and property#4 - Revenues and Financial StabilityMake efficient use of city resources and maintain the city’s long-term financial stability inaccordance with the city’s financial policies#5 - Parks & RecreationAddress an enriched quality of life through support of parks, recreation, open space, cultural andnatural resources#6 - Public WorksProvide and maintain basic services of water, wastewater, solid waste, surface water and streets#7 - Customer ServiceContinuously provide courteous, professional and responsive customer service#8 - Enhanced Communication and ParticipationPromote understanding of city government through education and public participation#9 – EnvironmentEnhance the community’s quality of life through responsible development of land andstewardship of the natural environmentNote: Numbering of goals is for referencing purposes only- 2 -

ABOUT POULSBOThe City of Poulsbo is located in Kitsap County, west of Seattle. Originally settled by Norwegianimmigrants in the late 1800's on Liberty Bay, a fjord of Puget Sound, Poulsbo continues to maintain itsScandinavian atmosphere through its architecture, celebrations, and hospitality. Holding to itsScandinavian heritage has earned the city the nickname “Little Norway” and visits from two NorwegianKings.Three military bases are located in Kitsap County. Many of Poulsbo’s residents are employed at one ofthe federal bases or commute to metropolitan Seattle by ferry. In addition, Poulsbo has a large andactive senior citizen population.Poulsbo operates under a Mayor-Council form of government. The Mayor, elected by the people to afour-year term, is the executive officer of the city, coordinating the day-to-day activities. The council isthe policy-making branch and consists of seven members elected at large to staggered four-year terms.The city government provides a full range of municipal services through its 18 operating departments.The city boasts 19 parks, including four waterfront parks, as well as a community recreation departmentthat provides educational, recreational, and physical fitness services. The broad range of recreationalfacilities provides year-round services for citizens of all ages.Poulsbo at a GlancePost Office Chartered ........................................................................................1886Incorporated ......................................................................................................1908Population .........................................................................................................9245Elevation .................................................................................................. 0-400 feetLand Area ................................................................................................ 2954 acresAverage Temperature (min/max) ............................................................... 44°/61°FAverage Annual Precipitation ............................................................................. 36”Miles of City Streets .............................................................................................45Acres of Parks ....................................................................................................66.5Assessed Value ................................................................................$1,244,257,146City Retail Sales Tax ........................................................................................ 8.6%Fire District Rating Class ........................................................................................4Full Time Equivalent (FTE) Employees ...........................................................80.19- 3 -

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