I am concerned about the mayor’s comments at Tuesday night’s city council meeting regarding spending, and believe it is necessary for purposes of transparency to set the record straight. While the mayor was critical of city council, the mayor himself has increased spending by $16 million dollars over last year’s city budget.
That is an increase of 17 percent.
The mayor also opposed practically every spending cut submitted by city councilmembers, arguing against 90 percent of the spending cuts that were proposed.
Additionally, the mayor just submitted a request to give his highest paid staff pay raises up to $13,000 per year.
His characterization of excessive spending is a misrepresentation in light of his own actions.
I look forward to working with the mayor in the New Year to rein in his spending.
Mike Nelson, President
Edmonds City Council