June 12: Council seeks community input for 2024 Edmonds budget priorities

The 2024 City of Edmonds budget season is just around the corner, and the Edmonds City Council wants to hear from the community how to prioritize city spending.

The process started in April at a budget retreat for city staff, the mayor and councilmembers.  Last month, the council approved the 2024 budget planning calendar and now will turn its focus to identifying priorities for the 2024 budget. The council plans to communicate these priorities to the mayor and city staff in July, as their work begins on building the budget.

Mayor Mike Nelson will present the proposed budget to the council in early fall.

“There are several ways for Edmonds residents to be engaged early in the process,” said Edmonds City Council President Neil Tibbott. “We really want to hear from the community on this, so we’ve added some extra ways to connect.”

During the month of June, the city council will add special meetings and a public hearing specifically seeking public input about the 2024 budget.

Two budget outreach workshops are scheduled in locations away from the typical council chambers — June 12 at the city’s public works building and June 22 at the Meadowdale Clubhouse. These budget outreach workshops will be open public meetings. They are designed to facilitate discussion with those who attend about what the council should preserve funding for, consider ways for the council to reduce spending, and suggest new items for the 2024 budget.

The public hearing during the June 20 council meeting will be a structured opportunity for individuals to make a three-minute public comment in person, over Zoom or by submitting an online public comment.

There is also an online form aimed at making it easy to provide specific feedback to the council on the 2024 budget priorities, both for those attending the outreach events and for those who can’t. This online form can be found here. You can also use this QR code:

2024 budget outreach events:

Monday, June 12 at 7 p.m. – 2024 budget outreach workshop, Public works and utilities building, 7110 210th St. S.W., Edmonds

Tuesday, June 20 at 7 p.m. – Public hearing on 2024 city budget priorities during the city council regular meeting, 250 5th Ave. N., Edmonds

Thursday, June 22 at 5 p.m. – 2024 budget outreach workshop, Meadowdale Clubhouse, 6801 N. Meadowdale Road, Edmonds

Tuesday, June 27 at 5 p.m. – Special meeting on 2024 budget priorities prior to the regular council meeting, third floor Brackett Room, Edmonds City Hall, 121 5th Ave. N.

For more information, contact Council President Neil Tibbott, neil.tibbott@edmondswa.gov, or call 425-478-4565.


  1. I hope this is a sincere request for citizen input. I’ve been asking council to budget for completion of the Code Rewrite for years. From the November 20, 2012 Public Hearing for the 2013 Budget:

    Ken Reidy, Edmonds, recalled during the October 25, 2005 City Council meeting, former Development
    Services Director Duane Bowman said he had been describing the need to update the zoning code since
    he was hired in 2000. The comment was also made that the City’s code dated to the 1980s and piecemeal
    amendments make it difficult to use and administer. Former City Attorney Scott Snyder stated in his
    November 2007 City Attorney annual report that the biggest issue at the start of 2007 was the code
    rewrite. Mr. Snyder stated the intent was to begin the rewrite last year (2006) and finish it this year
    (2007). Mr. Snyder summarized that the code rewrite was approximately a year behind schedule as of
    November 2007. Mr. Reidy pointed out five years have passed and he questioned why the code rewrite
    had not been completed. He urged the Council to include the proper amount in the 2013 budget to
    complete the long overdue code rewrite from start to finish.

  2. Think about this folks. Our city administrations and Council are making sometimes life altering decisions for some of our citizens based on codes that should have been updated over 15 years ago. We always have time and money for artsy, entertainment, or housing approval projects, but we just can’t seem to work in the basic stuff in a timely and cost efficient way. The current mayor even suggested we pay for consultants to tell us how to make our roads passable during snow emergencies. I mean; does he have a telephone and the ability to call up the Mayor of Republic or Tonasket and ask them how they do it? The last few mayors have spent thousands fighting with some of our own citizens over beach property rights at the Ebb Tide Condos. Is this good city government? I hate meetings and B.S. but I intend to attend some of these to see if we can’t get some honest change for the better around here. Also there is an opportunity this election cycle to come up with a mayor and council who actually work together to get the basic stuff done first and the frills later, if affordable.

  3. As long-time Edmonds residents, my wife Linda and I are most concerned about public safety, sensible housing choices, education, and maintaining the charm & beauty of Edmonds !

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