Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling had more to say Tuesday night about the $1.67 million bill the City of Edmonds received for retroactive pay raises for the Fire District’s union employees.
“It was not a surprise that we got a bill,” Earling said during the mayor’s comments section of the Edmonds City Council meeting. ” We knew that was coming. It was a surprise — the size of the bill.”
Edmonds along with the cities of Mountlake Terrace and Brier “were taken aback that we weren’t given any particular preview of the amount of money that would be coming,” Earling said, noting it that the bill covers represented employee pay raises accruing from 2013 and 2014.
“And I should point out that this particular contract agreement was put together in November of 2009 under a different council and a different administration,” the mayor said, referring to the council vote to contract with Snohomish County Fire District 1 to handle City of Edmonds fire services.
“We’ve asked Fire District 1 for a full accounting, and are working with them and our attorneys to be sure that all costs that they are billing us for are in fact justified,” Earling said. “We will have on our Oct. 14 study session the Fire Chief Ed Widdis, and perhaps he’ll bring a commissioner with him, so we can have a full understanding of the process they went through and the amount of money we are being billed for.”