Since June I’ve had the honor of serving as your Interim City Manager. As you read this, a new City Manager will be preparing to take the helm. It’s an exciting time for Bothell, in many respects.
The Bothell community is in an “economic sweet spot.” Growth can provide jobs, life-long education, housing choices and a solid long-term tax base, allowing for quality local government services at comparatively affordable rates. But this growth must be managed in a way to protect the environment and enhance neighborhood quality of life. Balancing both economic development/managed growth and environment/quality of life issues isn’t easy, and we’ll need your help to keep “Bothell, Bothell.”
With input from the Bothell Community Conversations, the City Council and department directors developed the priority goals for the 2017-2018 Budget. These are ambitious goals that the City will aim to start, but not necessarily finish in the next biennium. See the related article in the Winter Bothell Bridge for more information about the Council goals and the entire Bothell Road Map, which includes the Council’s vision, strategies, and values. There will be opportunities for you to give input about future issues such as parks and open space purchases and funding; community-based social and human services; and, traffic congestion and transportation options.
Bothell is well led by a City Council with diverse views but common goals. The City staff is talented and committed to ongoing customer service improvements. With the continued input and support of the community, I am confident that Bothell can be truly great, “For A Day, Or A Lifetime.”
Thank you for allowing me to become a temporary member of your wonderful community.