City budget, parkland acquisition, Landmark 99 property on Edmonds council agenda Nov. 6

The Mee property

Meeting on Monday, Nov. 6 because Tuesday is Election Day, the Edmonds City Council is scheduled to continue its work on the 2024 budget and will also revisit a proposal to acquire a one-acre property in southeast Edmonds that would allow for the expansion of Mathay Ballinger Park.

The meeting is scheduled to start an hour earlier than usual, at 6 p.m.

The meeting also includes a public hearing on the 2024 budget.

Other agenda items include:

– Additional discussion of the city’s proposed 2024-2029 Capital Facilities Plan and Capital Improvement Program.

– Revisiting a resolution concerning the approval of operating reserve fund use and addressing the city’s structural budget deficit.

– Adoption of an ordinance that would increase utility rates.

– Consideration of a 2023 budget amendment that would transfer $6.5 million in American Rescue Plant Act (ARPA) funds to the city’s general fund. This transfer had been included as part of the 2024 budget, but the administration is asking that the transfer occur this year.

– Further discussion of the proposed Landmark 99 property acquisition.

The meeting will be in the council chambers, Public Safety Complex, 250 5th Ave. N. You can join this meeting virtually via Zoom at
https://zoom.us/j/95798484261. Or comment by phone: US: +1 253 215 8782 Webinar ID: 957 9848 4261.

You can see the complete agenda here.

 

  1. Keep in mind this utility increase requested is pushing 10% per year showing for three but includes 6 proposed. That’s their usual EVERY year hit and so every 5 years they’ve averaged a 50% increase, and that’s ok? Well I wonder how many city council members have to pay it, and why is it allowed? Ever hear of BUDGET and operating with what you have instead of ALWAYS just hitting the public for your shortfalls. And the figures shown with new charge do not include sales tax also at 10%, so between the two, the new amount is 20% higher. Time for the Council to put the brakes on and REALLY review it with individuals in mind and their budgets. It is becoming outrageous ! Other utilities are able to
    operate without constant annual increases, Edmonds needs to learn how to do it. And this meeting is a good time to start!

  2. PS: And don’t forget on STORM WATER alone, WE pay just about THREE TIMES THE AMOUNT COUNTY RESIDENTS PAY for it! Plus those of us in City but are Esperance pay increases 7 months retro active, before it is officially effective, and have for 10+ years, because of City’s “creative” billing practices.

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