City council Nov. 16 set to continue public hearing, adopt 2022 budget

A continuation of a public hearing on the 2022 City of Edmonds budget as well as budget adoption, plus a discussion of the city’s 2022-2027 Capital Facilities Plan and Capital Improvement Program are among the items on the Tuesday, Nov. 16 Edmonds City Council agenda.

The council is also scheduled to have three recognitions: thanking appointed Councilmember Luke Distelhorst, whose last meeting is Tuesday night; thanking volunteers who worked on the Edmonds Marsh restoration last summer, and commending longtime city parks employee Rich Lindsay, who has served the city for 50 years.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m., and will be held virtually using the Zoom meeting platform. To join, comment, view, or listen to the meeting in its entirety, paste the following into a web browser using a computer or smart phone:

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  1. If the statute of limitations on child labor laws hasn’t run out, the city of Edmonds may have a problem, having hired Rich Lindsey in 1971 when he must have been in elementary school! Whatever, it clearly was a smart decision as Rich is a consummate professional and a delight to work with. Hats off to you, Rich.

    1. I’m confused about how they’re going about this year’s budgeting process. How can the City Council vote on the budget BEFORE they have a discussion about the city’s Capital Facilities Plan and Capital Improvement Plan? I don’t get it. Doesn’t the budget cover capital projects? This seems backwards to me.

      I have watched and, to some extent, participated in the Council meetings. To date all I’ve heard from councilmembers are a few minor questions on some specific budgetary decision packages. No discussion about our city’s priorities and how to budget for them. No discussion about what the inflationary outlook may do to our finances and budget. No discussion about how to balance this budget because, as proposed, expenditures exceed revenues. (A laundry list of “wants” has been added vs. a prioritized list of “needs”.) And if they intend to spend reserves to balance the budget, then there needs to be full transparency and discussion about it. There’s been no discussion!

      The agenda for the November 16th meeting states that “Budget Deliberations and Adoption of the 2022 Proposed Budget” is scheduled for 90 minutes. I don’t know how you define deliberations, but I like the following definition:

      “Deliberation is a process of thoughtfully weighing options, usually prior to voting. Deliberation emphasizes the use of logic and reason as opposed to power-struggle, creativity, or dialogue. Group decisions are generally made after deliberation through a vote or consensus of those involved.”

      What options have they weighed? What thought has gone into this? What logic and reason are they using? Because from my watching the meetings and reading Finance Director Turley’s posted responses to the few questions the Council has posed, there seems to be a either a lack of interest, understanding or inquisitiveness about the budget OR they intend to just rubber stamp it. Either way, this is shirking their responsibilities. After all, it’s OUR money!!!

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