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Financial Sustainability

Financial Sustainability

In three years, the city has faced a budget crisis, development moratorium in Town Center, and adoption of a new Ethics Code.

Salim has worked to find budget efficiencies, abnormalities and innovative funding sources for services. 

Expanding support for the Thrift Store and Mercer Island Youth and Family Services, a valuable resource for residents, was extremely important to Salim, not only as the need increased during the pandemic, but for the future sustainability of services for residents. 

With unique and critical experience and expertise – Salim was instrumental in guiding the City through the challenging budget process, as the City grappled with the defeat of Prop 1. The City’s financial stability has been strengthened with Salim’s guidance.

The City has re-focused on priorities, reduced costs across the board, and has become more efficient in every department.

Salim was instrumental in the repeal of the Multi-Family Tax Exempt (MFTE) program.  Originally designed for dense, urban communities, MFTE granted substantial tax breaks to developers in exchange for modest rent reductions.  The developer’s unpaid tax liability was then transferred to every local homeowner.  Salim undertook a cost-benefit analysis which revealed the MFTE program was a bad fit for Mercer Island.  Had MFTE not been repealed, residents would have borne a heavier tax burden in the future. 

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Public Safety And Quality Of Life

Public Safety and Quality of Life

Behind the Scenes, Salim went right to work for you creating Senior hours at local grocery stores.  In the early days of the 2020 Pandemic, Salim worked tirelessly to organize new practices for daily living.  One of the most important first changes was encouraging grocery stores to be available to seniors in their opening hours of when they had been freshly cleaned.

“I thought that this would be something useful to work with our island retailers.  I didn’t realize I’d have to go high up in the corporate chains to get it done,” Nice said. “I kept urging them (to) keep it simple (and) to do it fast, that’s the key to being effective with this strategy.”

In February 2021, Mercer Island unfairly made the national news with accusations that the Council wanted to “Criminalize” homelessness.  Nothing could be farther from the truth. The truth is that this small addition of language to a current ordinance simply added sidewalks and other public spaces to existing restrictions on overnight camping on public property.  MIPD has never, repeat never, in 30 years, arrested anyone for being homeless on MI.  As our Police Chief explained, MIPD is committed to compassion and to helping people get to the services they need.  Salim agrees, and he is quoted here:

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Hate has no Place here

Hate Has No Place Here

Salim joined other elected officials to the editor of the Seattle Times on March 23,2021, speaking out against anti-Asian hate crimes.  The issue is personal for him.

https://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/anti-asian-hate-crimes-all-cities-must-work-together/

In July 2020, Salim joined the Mercer Island City Council in summarily proclaiming that hate crimes have no place on Mercer Island.

“WHEREAS, since the outbreak of COVID-19, immigrant and refugee community leaders and civil rights organizations have reported a regional and national increase in bias, harassment, and hate crimes, particularly against Asian American and Pacific Islander, Black and African American, Hispanic and Latino, and others…” See the full Proclamation here:

https://www.mercerisland.gov/sites/default/files/fileattachments/city_council/page/23201/proclamation_no._252.pdf

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Salim Nice Announces Re-Election Campaign on March 21, 2021

Salim Nice Announces Re-Election Campaign on March 21, 2021

Nice elaborated on what a second term might include: “I am running for re-election with the experience and understanding of what the city and its residents have endured over the past several years due to the budget crisis and the pandemic. As an experienced City Council member, I support programs and services that will bring Islanders together. We will continue to stabilize the government and advance our community’s priorities.”