City Quarterly Updates

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Overview

Learn more about the City's current projects, workplan and progress on implementing its Strategic Plan via the following quarterly reports:

Report Highlights

Citywide Workplan

The Administration has historically prepared a two-year Citywide work plan and presented the work plan to the City Council at the Council retreat that occurs in the beginning of the year. The work plan contains the significant projects that are not capital projects and are aligned with the six goal areas from the Strategic Plan. Importantly, the projects listed on the work plan are only a fraction of the work being performed in the City’s departments.

As the previous work plan covered 2020-2021, this year’s work plan encompasses 2022-2023. The plan contains both new actions and refreshed descriptions of actions carried over from 2021. Actions that have been completed and actions that belonged to the short-term plans generated in 2020 (the COVID-19 Work Plan and Police Accountability, Human Services and Equity Action Plan) have largely been removed. The latest report provides updates on the progress of the plan though the third quarter of 2022. 

Capital Project List

In addition to the Citywide work plan, the Administration has also historically prepared a on the capital projects that staff will work on each year. The report provides a summary of the status for each capital project as well as a general description and a graphical timeline. This report reflects project updates from the end of the third quarter of 2022. The Administration will continue to update this report at the end of each quarter. 

Midyear Budget Update

The Midyear Budget Update was prepared in August. At that time, the updated data for the Fiscal Year 2021 General Fund budget showed that revenues finished $13.4 million higher than expenditures.  A key driver was the decrease in Personnel Services expenditures due to 54 full-time positions vacated in 2021, representing nearly 22% of all budgeted full-time positions in the City. As of August 2022, 12% of City positions were still vacant, leading to a projected slight underspend for 2022 of about $1.2 million or 1.9% of total General Fund expenditures. Overall, the revenues for 2022 were projected to increase over the amended budget to $66.2 million and expenditures were forecasted to decrease to $63.5 million. This midyear budget update informed the 2023-2024 Biennial Budget that was adopted on November 7, 2022. 

Performance Measurement Report

The City strives to be a data driven organization. The Administration has made it a goal to increase the amount of data collected and display it in useful ways for the public to interact with. With that in mind, we have created a data dashboard hub on our City website. Learn about our Homeless Outreach Program's progress, explore our Community Court data, or dive deep into our Strategic Plan dashboard which displays the available current and historical data on the city’s citywide performance measures and represents the impact of work done by city staff, local and regional organizations, as well as the efforts and decisions of community members. 

Economic Development Report

The Administration continues to be the liaison for all existing and new businesses, property owners, and other investors – no matter their size or length in business. While the third quarter of 2022 demonstrated that there are many things like inflation and interest rates that the City cannot control in the economy, the Third Quarter Update describes the Administration’s focus on building and strengthening Issaquah’s business climate by working directly with local business leaders. This work will help to ensure that our businesses are thriving and growing in Issaquah. 

The Third Quarter Update also summarizes the following items:

  1. Economic data including retail sales & use tax collection, commercial rent, unemployment rate, and vacant properties 
  2. Staff activities including business and property assistance, tourism, and coordination with partners 
  3. Business Wish List survey summary and next steps 
  4. Upcoming 2022 activities