Snoqualmie's year of change

He made it through the summer heat wave, the flood and ice storm in November and the windstorm in December. Snoqualmie Mayor Matt Larson has now been in office for one year and is fully enjoying every moment.

"I enjoyed the first year," said Larson. "It hasn't been as daunting as I anticipated it might be."

With the exception of problems the weather has caused in the last couple of months, Larson said he feels good about how his first year as mayor has gone.

"I felt that a lot of progress was made in the first year," Larson said. "There was significant progress made in terms of getting the long-term fiscal outlook for the city's budget across the board."

With the help of city staff, Larson was able to turn the city's poor fiscal situation around, he said. He remembers when, during his first few minutes as mayor, he and other city staff members were looking at some difficult challenges with the city's overall budget.

"We anticipated two to three years minimum to correct the problems," Larson said. "But we were able to correct most of those in our first year."

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