Notes From Everett City Council Meeting

August 10, 2016

Everett, Everett Government

There were a couple of items of note at tonight’s Everett City Council meeting.

Everett city council

Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson on the far left and the 2016 Everett City Council.

The council got its second budget update for 2017. There is still a gap of nearly a million dollars that needs to be closed before the budget is balanced. A workshop next month will likely lead to finding mutual agreement on closing the gap.

A couple of items of interest…As the city looks out five years, the structural budget deficit still looms large with 8 figure losses showing in the fifth year. Also the finance manager reported that the Everett Fire Department will need to come before the city council for approval for $250,000.00 to buy more locution software for all of the Everett Fire stations. Emergency communications hardware and software shortcomings continue to cause issues for Everett’s police and fire departments.

Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson says he wants the State legislature to raise the property tax cap from 1 percent to at least 2 percent and an adjustment for the future. He stated the sales tax increases can’t be used to continually try to fund the mandates coming from the State along with the needs of cities.

The Snohomish Health District made a presentation asking Everett to consider imposing a $2.00 per resident fee on itself to help fund services. That would mean an annual contribution of about $212,000.00. The Health District is asking the same $2.00 per head of all of the other cities in the county. Snohomish County ranks 34th out of 35 counties in Washington State when it comes to funding public health. Mayor Stephanson said he would like to see other cities pledge to donate before committing Everett but did put a placeholder in the 2017 budget for the contribution.

One of the bright spots in tax collection for Everett has been legal marijuana. The city expects to get about $100,000.00 this year as its share of taxes on legal pot.

The city council unanimously passed the noise ordinance bringing Everett into compliance with State regulations.

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12 Responses to “Notes From Everett City Council Meeting”

  1. Concerned Citizen Says:

    We have a deficit. Why are we even considering increasing expenditures by making a $200,000 contribution to the public health district? Why would we fund county programs with city revenue?

    The whole thing is insane. Out of one side of the mouth the city is broke and we have to raise revenue, and out of the other we’re making commitments to fund programs that have always been funded by the county in the past.

    No wonder we can balance a budget.

  2. Bourne Says:

    It is? Recent studies have concluded that marijuana is at least twice as harmful to a person than cigarette smoke.

    Not to mention the psychological damage it causes.

  3. Bourne Says:

    So the city is practicing liberal 101.
    -Create a problem(s)
    -Let the problem(s) worsen by at least three orders of magnitude
    -Raise taxes to combat the problem

  4. Mike N Says:

    So they’re happy to promote pot use, but at the same time want to limit what alcohol can be sold? Hey, no problem. We’ll just double everybody’s property taxes. Nice plan, Mayor. When are you up for re-election, again?

  5. Wa-fix Says:

    Keep the comments here on the site, I won’t go to the Herald since they removed theirs, that’s a primary reason I vist M E N… the comments balance the publishers bias.

    • AnotherEverettRes Says:

      I, on the other hand, am glad that the vitriolic comments of a few commenters will probably be decreased by making their name public.

      • Wa-Fix Says:

        Don’t read the comments, it’s simple. You can immediately move on as you would with any other article with comment removal. Don’t take it away from those who want it though.

    • Diogenes Says:

      I also stopped my Herald Subscription and will have nothing to do with it since they took away the comments. The comments made up for the awful reporting.

      • Diogenes Says:

        Also, Is the $100,000 tax actual income, or is it offset by enforcing regulations and the cost of crimes related to the pot business? How much of it is the net income – or loss?

  6. Wa-fix Says:

    “One of the bright spots in tax collection for Everett has been legal marijuana. The city expects to get about $100,000.00 this year as its share of taxes on legal pot.” Oh I’m sure they love that.

    • Bourne Says:

      Rest assured the additional REVENUE will be squandered on important things like festive lighting on bridges, bike lane upgrades, and street art.