As some may know, I will not be supporting the proposed levy for Edmonds if it is designed to subsidize the City of Edmonds Operating Budget. This is for two primary reasons:
To date, no real progress has been made on the largest, fasting growing expense in the City’s Operating Budget — that being labor cost and medical expenses. I cannot ask the taxpayers of Edmonds to support an Operating Budget that increases the pay and benefits of City employees at a time when many residents are struggling (and certainly not realizing similar increases), yet asking them to support these increases through additional taxes.
Also, as I have in the past (especially when former Finance Director Lorenzo Hines completely failed to provide open and transparent finance information to the people of Edmonds), I continue to believe we need more open finance transparency and financial information presented in a manner that is understood by our citizens. Again the citizens of Edmonds who will be asked to pay more in taxes need to truly understand the City’s financial picture in a user friendly manner.
Therefore, until Councilwoman Diane Buckshnis and Lora Petso’s efforts for user friendly finance reporting is achieved and operating budget expenses are resolved, I will not be able to support an Operating Budget Levy.
Edmonds City Council