Mayor Mike Cooper issued a video message on Wednesday announcing he has sent to the Edmonds City Council a proposed levy plan to go before voters this August.
“The time has arrived to allow our voters to decide the future of this city,” Cooper said. “After more than two years of talking, the clock has run out; now it is time to send this to the ultimate decision makers, the people of Edmonds.”
Cooper’s levy memo, entitled “Safe Neighborhoods, Safe Streets and Parks For Everyone,” proposes a 35-cents-per-thousand of assessed valuation general operations levy over a four-year period, that would be indexed with a 2.5 percent increase on an annual basis.
“Economic times are tough for every citizen and now is not the time for extravagant fixes,” Cooper said. “I am proposing what an average household will see as an $11-a-month levy that begins to restore what has been taken passively and quietly over time. Street maintenance, crime prevention, reliable parks.”