Mayor asks governor to veto state budget item that could cost city $55,515

Mayor Nicola Smith

Lynnwood Mayor Nicola Smith has asked Washington Gov. Jay Inslee to veto a section of the proposed state operating budget that could cost the city more than $55,000.

At issue is the money that Lynnwood  — along with 43 other cities, including Edmonds, and two fire districts —  annually receives to offset some of the costs for the city’s Law Enforcement Officer and Firefighters Plan 1 pension.

Under new requirements included under Section 920 of the State Legislature’s 2016 supplemental spending plan, Lynnwood would lose its current annual distribution of $55,515 from the Fire Insurance Premium Tax.

Several mayors have sent letters to Governor Jay Inslee asking him to reconsider.

“The City of Lynnwood fully supports the Association of Washington Cities request to Governor Jay Inslee to veto Section 920 of the Supplemental Operating Budget, 2ESHB 2376,” Mayor Smith said in a statement. “Lynnwood is a city that receives a distribution of the Fire Insurance Premium Tax. We completely understand the great challenges and complexities our State officials face, however our city resources are already finite and we respectfully request that the Governor not jeopardize the distribution to support ongoing firefighter pension obligations.”

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