Edmonds City Council approves 2022 budget

The Edmonds City Council Wednesday night approved the 2022 budget on a 4-1 vote. Councilmember Vivian Olson voted no and Councilmembers Kristiana Johnson and Diane Buckshnis were absent.

We’ll have more details on Wednesday’s meeting in our story coming Thursday.


  1. Can MEN please do some follow-up on why Johnson and Buckshnis missed this meeting? Also why Buckshnis was absent from Tuesday’s meeting too? It’s worrying that a third of the council was absent for the actual vote.

    1. My understanding is that Councilmember Buckshnis has been unavailale this week due to a family wedding, as mentioned in the article. Councilmember K. Johnson told councilmembers Tuesday night that she would not be available to participate if the budget discussions were continued to Wednesday, and instead proposed they be continued to next Tuesday. But that didn’t happen.

    2. This was a very last minute decision. Kristiana is recovering from a serious back injury. Why she couldn’t rearrange what she needed done is none of our business. Diana was on a planned approved vacation to attend…a family wedding.
      You know Edmonds it was, is and has been a constant win for AFM, Laura, Luke and Susan everything and has the Mayor ever broken a tie going with our others? Ever?
      So it would have made no difference if they were there or not. Kristiana and Diane. Pretty obvious don’t you think.
      Hoping a new, fresh start for a new fresh city and citizens myself

  2. Can someone please explain to me why it was so important to pass this budget last night when 2 of the Council members were absent? And 2 of the Council members who voted last night will not be on the Council during 2022? In the past the budget has been passed in December. Why the rush? What is going on?

    1. Pat –

      The budget was pushed through because the majority will lose a vote next week with Luke Distelhorst being replaced by Will Chen, since Distelhorst was an appointment to the council. The past two years the majority have pushed through whatever Mike Nelson wanted and blocked adding items to the council meeting agenda they didn’t want to address among other things.

      Mayor Nelson, Council President Paine and Councilmembers Distelhorst, Laura Johnson and Fraley-Monillas have done Edmonds such a disservice and their behavior has been horrendous. According to the majority, it is okay for them to disregard process and procedure, to refuse to reply to citizens’ questions, for Fraley-Monillas to be drinking during a council meeting and for Paine to unilaterally cancel a standing Finance Committee meeting to push up the schedule to approve the 2022 budget but at the same time it’s inappropriate for a Councilmember to read an email or text from a resident during a meeting per Fraley-Monillas.

  3. Yes, the City Council last night adopted the biggest deficit spending budget for this city that I have seen. Along “party” lines (those tied to Mayor Nelson), they ramrodded through an ill-thought out budget with ALL of the administration’s “wants” and little of the citizens voiced needs. In fact, the Council even added more to the proposed deficit by including some amendments to the budget. The deliberations, if you can call it that, were dreadful. Few on the council wanted to even discuss proposed amendments let alone act on them unless, of course, it fit their narrative.

    It was obvious from the start of this that the majority on this council were going to rubber stamp the budget, and that is exactly what happened.

  4. When one considers Mayor Nelson’s careless budgeting history with SEIU and his own past IRS issues, it is easy to see his poor judgement with regards to financial acumen and budgeting. Sadly, Edmonds is suffering from that incompetence…


    1. Mary –

      I’m curious if you are concerned as I am about the fact the the council president/majority broke with long standing norms and choose to call a special meeting on a Wednesday rather than wait until the following Tuesday.

      It’s disrespectful to the other members of the council especially considering this could be considered a power grab to get the budget approved before majority loses Distelhorst’s vote next Tuesday.

      I hope that Buckshnis does push for a budget repeal so there can be measured and detailed conversations about how our tax payer dollars are spent.

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