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Black Diamond City Council to consider 2017 budget

Construction on a major development in Black Diamond has slowed due to

The Black Diamond City Council will be meeting next week to consider a 2017 budget.

In December, a last-minute interim budget prevented a shutdown of police and water services. That budget expires in March.

One of the issues the council will discuss Wednesday is a major development project called Ten Trails. The project is supposed to add businesses and more than 6,000 homes by the 2030s, and it will also expand the city’s population.

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In 2010, previous leadership approved the development project but voters didn’t like the move and voted out the incumbents in 2014 and again in 2015.

Gridlock on the current Council is reportedly slowing construction progress and the approval of a budget.

The Seattle Times reports Mayor Carol Benson won her 2013 election with the support from voters who opposed the development.

Since then, she’s insisted the city can’t go back on its previous commitments to the developers.

A year ago, three of the five City Council members approved new council rules, moving power from the mayor to their five-member council.

City leaders are weighing in on a special session. At 7 p.m., the City Council meeting will allow for public comment.

Correction: In a previous version of this story, it was falsely reported that the name of the development is Oakpointe. The name is Ten Trails.

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