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City to take another look at red light cameras

The city council will take up one of the most controversial issues in the city of Lynnwood – red light cameras. Council members will hold a roundtable discussion on the topic tonight. Councilwoman Kerri Lonergan-Dreke requested the discussion. She says red light cameras are usually the first thing people bring up when they find out…

More than half of Lynnwood Arts Commissioners resign over cuts to the arts

Four of the seven members of the Lynnwood Arts Commission have suddenly resigned, citing a dwindling amount of funding and support for the city’s cultural arts program. To help the city fill a new $3.5 million budget shortfall, several popular programs are the chopping block – including the annual Shakespeare in the Park and Wonder…

Letter to the editor: Olympia/Lynnwood budget cutting counterpoint

I attended the budget meeting in Lynnwood on Monday the 28th with my little sign “CUT DEEP NOW” that I took to Olympia in the morning. I was shocked to see Mark Smith, council president, speak about not cutting to allow a margin for error in the budget at the previous meeting. So I spoke…

More city layoffs amid a new $3.5 million budget shortfall

Six more city employees have been laid off as officials grapple with a new $3.5 million budget shortfall — and the timing has frustrated some city council members. Many of them had requested that the layoffs not be instituted until after they discuss the budget amendments in November and December, but Mayor Don Gough instituted…

Fewer students in the Edmonds School District means more budget cuts

Enrollment in the Edmonds School District is lighter than expected, and that will mean more cuts in this year’s budget. “While we have not dug deep into the data, it is clear people have lost their jobs, lost their homes and moved to other areas,” said Marla Miller, executive director for business and operations. The…

Your feedback is wanted on budget cuts

More money troubles are in store for the city of Lynnwood. Officials are looking for ways to cut another $5.26 million from the current budget due to declining revenues. Fourteen city employees are being laid off and another 13 vacant positions will be eliminated. “It is unfortunate we need to make these reductions. However, these…

City Council considering rolling back new taxes

The city might roll back some of the tax increases it imposed last year to balance the budget, but the economy must improve before it happens. In December the City Council passed $7 million in higher taxes to help fill a $24 million budget shortfall. It included an increase in the business tax from $15.50…

Mayor refuses to sign budget ordinance

In February the City Council unanimously passed an ordinance that gives more oversight to the city’s budget process. But in an e-mail to city officials, Council President Mark Smith said Mayor Don Gough refuses to sign it. The measure requires that transfer of funds between departments ordered by the Mayor must be confirmed by the…

Two dozen city employees receive layoff notices

Twenty-four city employees were notified this week that they will be losing their jobs at the end of the month. The final layoff notices went out after the City Council approved a new two-year budget on Monday. The cuts were across several departments: Administrative Services – 2 positions (mail room assistant and financial analyst) Community…

After much debate, City Council approves new two-year budget

After months of intense debate, the Lynnwood City Council has passed a balanced budget. The spending plan for 2011-12 bridges a $22 million shortfall through a combination of cuts and new taxes. It preserves all but about 30 city jobs. “This is the end product of this journey that has been at times very arduous,…

Mayor vetoes two of the new tax increases

A week after the City Council passed a series of tax hikes, Mayor Don Gough has vetoed two of them. At Wednesday night’s meeting, council members learned that Mayor Gough nixed the higher utility and property taxes. He said the utility tax increase from four to six percent should have a mechanism to lower it…

Lynnwood Lights canceled due to budget cuts

The city’s Parks and Recreation staff are getting a lot of calls lately from residents asking about Lynnwood Lights. The annual celebration is usually held the first week of December. It was decided earlier this year to cancel this year’s event due to budget cuts. It’s unclear how much the move will save, but a…

City Council to decide tax increases tonight

Tonight the Lynnwood City Council will consider raising a series of taxes to help fill a nearly $22 million budget shortfall. Mayor Don Gough has proposed a two percent increase in the utility tax (water, sewer and electricity). He said that would raise about $2 million and bring Lynnwood in line with neighboring cities such…

Mayor proposes new taxes, employee layoffs to balance the budget

Mayor Don Gough is proposing a series of new taxes and nearly 100 employee layoffs to balance an estimated $21 million budget shortfall. Gough presented his 2011 – 2012 budget to the City Council Monday night. Among his proposals is a two percent increase in the utility tax (water, sewer and electricity). He said that…

Have your say on Lynnwood’s budget

The city of Lynnwood wants to hear your ideas for closing the estimated $21 million budget shortfall. A town hall meeting is scheduled for Saturday to give you a chance to learn about the proposed cuts and provide feedback on balancing the budget. “The intent of the meeting is to encourage and engage Lynnwood residents…

Have your say on Lynnwood's budget

The city of Lynnwood wants to hear your ideas for closing the estimated $21 million budget shortfall. A town hall meeting is scheduled for Saturday to give you a chance to learn about the proposed cuts and provide feedback on balancing the budget. “The intent of the meeting is to encourage and engage Lynnwood residents…

City officials trying to save Kids Klub preschool

As we reported last week, the city-run Kids Klub preschool program is on the chopping block as Lynnwood officials look for ways to plug an estimated $21 million budget gap. A group of parents has protested the proposed cut because they say it would be difficult to find a new preschool in the middle of…

New state audit criticizes spending by city officials

A state audit released this week is criticizing Lynnwood officials for spending millions of dollars in reserves and leaving the city in bad financial shape. Our news partners at the Seattle Times have the full story. The report by the office of state Auditor Brian Sonntag found that Lynnwood officials blew through a $6.1 million…

Parents fight proposed closure of city-run preschool

A popular city-run preschool program is on the chopping block as Lynnwood officials look for ways to plug a $21 million budget gap. But one group of concerned parents is not letting it go without a fight. Like all city departments, Parks and Recreation is looking for ways to trim its budget. Department managers have…