Our city is worth more than that

The longer we delay working on our infrastructure like... the more costly the fix
By Dave Page | Mar 31, 2013

Editor:

If the government of the United States ran as efficiently as the city of Edmonds is run, the government of the United States would not have a $17 trillion deficit.

We have been cutting back hiring and cutting services across the board to barely scrimp by.

Did you know that the city of Edmonds has less then half as many employees as comparable cities of the same size in our neighborhood?

Edmonds has until now been able to shelter citizens from much of the pain that will soon be apparent to everyone.

If you look at the budget or listen to our Mayor you should know and understand that we can’t keep it up.

The longer we delay working on our infrastructure like deteriorating city buildings, street overlays, our beloved parks etc. the more costly the fix.

As the Mayor has stated from the time he got elected we are going to have a 4-$500,000 shortfall a year beginning in the year 2015. We can't make that up in cuts, the cuts have been made and staff is working at capacity plus some.

The city is bringing on new development as fast as good projects get proposed.

That's great but it is not enough.

Most of our citizens love living here, what a fabulous place to raise children in our terrific schools and safe neighborhoods.

We have wonderful police and fire protection. Our emergency services are the best and the response time for any emergency is usually under five minutes. That's extra ordinary.

Of the choices the Mayor has given us, one is to just keep our heads stuck firmly in the sand and hope the problems will solve themselves.

Isn't our city worth more then that? And aren't our citizens better then that? Certainly we are.

Lets be part of the solution and not part of the problem.

It's time to bite the bullet. Have an Edmonds kind of Day.

 

Dave Page

 

 

Comments (2)
Posted by: Jim Shelton | Mar 31, 2013 11:56

      Mr. Page writes again that it’s time for Edmonds citizens to “bite the bullet” – meaning pay more taxes so the city can spend more.  He states, similarly to his December 2012 letter, “[the city has] been cutting back hiring and cutting services across the board to barely scrimp by.”  While that may be accurate for the last couple of years (and the mayor, city staff, and council deserve recognition for their fine effort in trimming this year’s budget), it hasn’t been the norm.  In fact, we are seeing this pressure due many years of overspending and expansion.  When all was glorious and housing was artificially booming, our city was increasing general fund expenditures on average 7% per year (inflation was about 3% and 1% cap on property tax increases firmly in place).  This was the time they (city government) should have been saving.  Even during the worst economic downturn in 80 years spending continued to go up about 3% from 2008- 2010.  Is there any surprise that we’re now coming up short?

      So everyone step up and pay more taxes so we can continue to support the expansion that occurred during the time we should have been saving.  That should bridge the gap until the economy gets better, and then the city can expand more (more beloved parks, new roundabouts, new/improved city buildings to maintain) and not save for the next downturn after which we will be asked to pay more taxes and the cycle continues.

      Citizens may need to duck their heads as the next tax bullet comes hurling at them.



Posted by: john dolan | Apr 04, 2013 06:57

The City of Edmonds is at a crossroad when it comes to future development in the City. If residents allow high rise development to occur, it will forever change the character and landscape of the City. This change will not be positive. Once it starts, it will continue.  If you care about this City, you need to get more vocal and involved to take back your government. Special interests are acting in their best interest not yours. If you don't, you deserve what you get.



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