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Special Board of Health Meeting, November 8

District to Hold Public Hearings on Preliminary 2017 Budget and Proposed Fee Increases

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. – During its regular board meeting, the Board of Health will hold public hearings on the Snohomish Health District’s 2017 preliminary budget, as well as proposed fee increases for Environmental Health permits and services. The meeting will be at a special time from 2:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. because of election day on Tuesday, November 10, 2015. The meeting will be held in the District’s Auditorium located at 3020 Rucker Ave, Everett, Wash.

RESOURCE:Snohomish Health District’s 2017 Preliminary BudgetSupplemental Overviews

This preliminary budget has been built with the following assumptions and concessions:

  • Avoiding layoffs, but eliminating 11.65 FTE currently vacant positions
  • Continuing our First Steps and Women, Infant & Children (WIC) programs
  • Providing a cost of living adjustment to employees, based on bargaining agreements
  • Including $1.9M required for critical capital and infrastructure needs
  • Implementing a 1.8% fee increase for Environmental Health, as well as a proposed 8.3% increase in onsite sewage program fees
  • Utilizing $453,975 of our reserves to cover the gap in expenses and revenues

While staff have been diligently working with the cities, towns and Snohomish County to reinstitute a per capita structure that began in 1966, this preliminary budget does not include those potential contributions. Leadership and the Budget Ad Hoc Committee will make budget modifications based on finalized per capita commitments, which will be reflected in the final budget presented in December.       

The public hearings will be time-limited due to the tight agenda on Tuesday. Those wishing to speak will be asked to sign in and will receive up to three minutes to share comments, depending on the number of speakers signed in. Following the public hearing, it is anticipated that the Board will take a vote on the proposed fee increases to be effective December 1, 2017.

1.     Call to Order

2.     Roll Call

3.     Health Officer’s Report
SR 16-064 – G. Goldbaum

4.     Briefings

a.     Opioid overdose reporting requirements (SR 16-063; G. Goldbaum)
b.     Drinking water updates (SR 16-065; J. Ketchel)

5.     Approval of Minutes for the Regular Meeting of October 11, 2016

6.     Consent Agenda

a.     Approval of vouchers and Resolution 16-016 authorizing October 2016 expenditures
for Health District and PHEPR fund

b.     Authorize Deputy Director to renew interlocal agreement with Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department for online food worker cards (SR 16-061; J. Ketchel) 

7.     Public Comment

8.     Standing Reports

a.     Financial Report (SR 16-066; J. Chapman, no presentation)


9.     Public Hearing
2017 Environmental Health Fee Schedule (SR 16-062; J. Ketchel)


10.   Action Items

a.     Approval of 2017 Environment Health Fee Schedule (SR 16-062; J. Ketchel)
b.     Approval of Resolution 16-017 Funding for Core Public Health Services Legislative
Request (SR 16-068; P. Mayer, H. Thomas) 

11.   Briefings

a.     Executive Committee update (no staff report; B. Sullivan, P. Mayer)
b.     Health Officer / Administrator leadership structure (SR 16-067; B. Sullivan)


12.   Public Hearing

2017 Preliminary Budget (SR 16-069; P. Mayer, J. Chapman, H. Thomas, Division Directors)


13.   Information Items

a.     Review of upcoming meetings. (All meetings held at Snohomish Health District unless otherwise noted.)

  • Executive Committee – Nov. 22, 10 a.m.
  • 2017 Budget Ad Hoc Committee meeting – Nov. 29, 2:30 p.m.
  • Board of Health – Dec. 13, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. 

14.   Adjournment

The public is invited to attend. Parking and meeting rooms are accessible for persons with disabilities. Questions or additional information about the board meeting may be obtained by contacting Linda Carl at 425.339.5210; Relay: 711; Email To request reasonable accommodations, please contact Ms. Carl by Monday, Nov. 7, 2016.

It’s customary for each board meeting to include an assigned period for public comment from individuals present at the meeting. Generally, the public comment occurs near the beginning of the meeting and comments are limited to no more than three minutes per person. The Chair of the board may, as circumstances require at each meeting, reduce the time allotted to individuals or reduce the overall time assigned for public comments.

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