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Mercer Island City government is committed to good public process. That commitment is reflected in efforts to enhance and optimize the way in which City decisions are made to include the broadest possible range of Island residents. The City’s mission and values are understood by the Council and serve as the unifying principles that guide its decisions.

As the City undertakes its initiative to enhance its overall public participation framework, the following specific objectives have been defined:

Increased openness and responsiveness of City government to its constituents.

Better City decisions considering expert opinion as well as a full range of citizen perspectives and information.

Informed consent of various stakeholder groups in decision-making processes, recognizing that conflicts may exist despite efforts to resolve them.

Streamlined decision making with broadened public input and participation, visible public acceptance and support for Council decisions.