Supporters of Proposition 1, which would add $40 to the $20 fee now assessed on all vehicles registered in Edmonds to fund city street-improvement projects, are hosting a community meeting at the Edmonds Yacht Club, 326 Admiral Way, Saturday, Oct. 16.
The meeting begins at 11 a.m. For more information, visit the campaign website.
Once again, the Prop. 1 supporters show their inability to relate to struggling families by holding their meeting at the YACHT club. This symbolizes the problem with their entire campaign.
They might as well have followup party at Anthony’s afterward while they’re at it.
As the City’s former Public Works Director, I support this proposition as an extremely cost effective way to fund and enhance the City’s public right of way infrastructure. In my 22 years in the Public Works Department, there were many streets in Edmonds that were never resurfaced and now are at the point of needing reconstruction. This funding will certainly provide needed support in preserving and enhancing the capital transportation investments made by previous generations of residents. For those citizens that do not support this fee increase to the Transportation Benefit District, then I hope in all due respect that you will bring forward a recommendation on how to generate the needed revenue.
I wish you all the best as you debate this issue.
Glad to see that you haven’t “disappeared” after your retirement. No doubt your experience will allow you to bring a lot of knowledge to this site.
Redistribution of REET, and giving Olympic View Franchise Fees to transportation, for the time being. TBD law also allows for excess property tax levies, which will not put the burden on lower-income families. I completely agree that transportation needs to be addressed, but this fee is a burden to working in tough economic times. Transportation funding is great, but someone has to pay for it, and this fee makes struggling families increase their burden.
Maybe the supporters of Prop 1 who are putting up their signs would like to make the appropriate PDC reportings before a complaint is filed.
@Priya….just file the complaint or I know someone who will if you would rather not. There is something a bit smelly going on with this….endorsed by the Sierra Club, a meeting at the Yacht Club, a website (which frankly shows all the reasons not to vote for this and which is poorly written and which states, as the City did on its website that it is $40 (rather than a $40 increase to total $60).
The pro folks seem to all be confused about it being an increase both on the Council (the TBD board) and with the Pro-group. Hmmmmm????
hey quit knocking the yacht club, I hold my monthly workshops there! (:
Prop 1, based on the discussions, sounds like a good idea. But I have a few objections, outside the manner of funding.
1. The number one priority for transportation is maintaining existing infrastructure. In our current construct, that means overlays. This massive influx of capital is meant to address that, but it doesn’t fund all of the overlays needed. Not even close. As Mr. Miller pointed out, we have to keep up with the overlays, or be faced with much larger repair costs later. There is no plan for how to fund the overlays. Just like I teach my sons, you have to take care of your Needs before you can address your Wants.
2. The current TBD construct does not work for our small city. The list of REQUIRED expenditures cannot be covered under the current funding model, much less the list of desired improvements. This short-fused fee hike proposal is not evidence of malice or incompetence, but rather, of a system that was broken from its inception. Who forms an organizational construct that is so grossly undercapitalized from the start? THAT is the much bigger question.
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