Lynnwood salary commission to hold public hearing Oct. 13 regarding elected officials’ pay

This story was updated Oct. 21 to change information provided by the City of Lynnwood.

As City of Lynnwood staff prepare the 2021-22 biennium budget, the salary commission is seeking input from community members on pay rates for the city’s elected officials and will hold a virtual public hearing Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 6 p.m.

Prior to the public hearing, the salary commissioners will present proposals for the salary of the Lynnwood City Council and mayor. The commission’s first public hearing on the matter was held last Saturday.

Earlier this year, the council members decided to forgo pay raises for their part-time salaried positions as the city faces financial impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. Mayor Nicola Smith has also decided not to accept a salary increase, said city spokesperson Julie Moore.

This meeting will be held virtually via Zoom and can be accessed using this link to connect to the meeting at the scheduled time. The passcode to access the meeting is 316131.

  1. I am surprised that a Lynnwood City spokesperson would state that the Mayor has made no comments regarding a salary inccrese for 2021-22. On June 29th a letter was sent to the Salary Commission asking that the Commission forgo salary increases and the first signature on that letter is Mayor Nicola Smith followed by all City Council members. Thank you for providing notice of the second public hearing of the Salary Commission. Finding any public hearing notices on our City website is a challenge not worthy of an “award winning” website. Also, the first public hearing was held on Saturday, not Friday.

  2. THank you, George. I think everyone should forego pay increases. This would express good faith and compassion for many of our community members who are experiencing a lot of pay decreases and yet contribute as much as they can to the city general fund via sales tax which, as we know, hits poor people harder. In addition, the City Council was able to budget the same or more for the police department, and I assume this means that there’s less money for services other agencies could provide. /Wish I’d had more notice for the meeting that’s tonight.

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