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Mill Creek Strategic Plan

“From The Mill Creek City Manager’s Desk” - The City of Mill Creek’s 2012 Strategic Plan

It is not true that Mill Creek’s Strategic Plan is a tax instrument and that by approving the Strategic Plan, City Councilmembers were “indicating their support of the utility tax by including it in the Strategic Plan.”

By Ken Armstrong, Mill Creek City Manager.

As I mentioned in a previous column, a lot has been written about the City’s Strategic Plan.  Unfortunately, much of what was written portrays the Strategic Plan as being a tax instrument and that by approving the Strategic Plan, City Councilmembers were “indicating their support of the utility tax by including it in the Strategic Plan.” Actually, that is not the case.

The City Manager's Desk: Strategic Planning

Ken Armstrong, Mill Creek City Manager, discusses Mill Creek’s strategic planning process. This article is being reproduced at no charge as a public service.

In the last issue of the Mill Creek View, I indicated that subsequent columns would deal with topical and relevant issues.  The subject of the first article is “strategic planning.” 

There has already been a lot written in the Mill Creek View about the City’s Strategic Plan.  Despite that, many people still do not know what strategic planning is, or why it is important for the City to undergo a strategic planning process. 

Mill Creek City Manager takes steps to implement the city’s strategic plan

Ken Armstrong, Mill Creek City Manager, has taken steps to implement the City of Mill Creek’s Strategic Plan.

In the spring edition of the City of Mill Creek’s newsletter (The City of Mill Creek Current • Spring 2013), I mentioned that I saw exciting opportunities for the community of Mill Creek – opportunities to reinvest in itself and in its future.

In early April, the Mill Creek City Council met with senior City staff in an all-day retreat to talk about some of the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead in the next 20 years. Much of the day’s conversation focused on the pros and cons of annexation as well as long-term economic and community development.

While no action was taken during the retreat, the City Council indicated its desire to initiate ongoing discussions relating to economic development. The Council asked City staff to continue to explore economic development opportunities and to engage Mill Creek businesses and property owners in that process.

Mill Creek City Council approves strategic plan

the Mill Creek City Council approved the strategic plan

After more than a year’s work by consultants, Mill Creek City staff, and Mill Creek City councilmembers the Mill Creek City Council voted four to three to approve the strategic plan at the April 10th City Council meeting.

Mill Creek’s strategic planning process kicked off in April of 2011. The strategic planning process included three separate city council retreats, approximately 600 resident telephone surveys, a series of community outreach events, and a number of public meetings inviting public comments.

At the final public meeting held on April 3rd, a number of Mill Creek residents applauded the strategic planning effort. Larry Mayer expressed his thanks to City staff and said he could see that his input got into the final plan.

Some Mill Creek residents believe that the strategic plan is an excuse to increase taxes. At the April 3rd public meeting, Dennis Teschlog said, “I think this is a strategic tax plan.” He went on to say that he was concerned about the City’s growing deficit.