Public safety and parks hardest hit by potential layoffs

As we reported last week, more than 100 city employees have been notified that they could lose their jobs as soon as January due to budget cuts. We’ve just obtained a list of the positions that are affected. Public safety has the most cutbacks by far. Twenty police officer positions are on the chopping block,…

Nearly a quarter of city staff notified of possible layoff

Update: We have obtained a copy of the memo. It reads, in part, “as a courtesy, we want you to know as soon as possible that your position is at risk of reduction as of January of 201 1. While we won’t know for certain until later this year, we want you to have as…

Police officers leaving Lynnwood due to budget uncertainty

The Lynnwood Police Department has been told to cut 25 percent — about $9 million — from its budget due to the city’s financial crisis. Although nothing is final, cutbacks of that magnitude could mean a loss of 25 out of 80 officers and most special programs including narcotics, special operations, reserves, animal control and…

City Council demands to see a budget from the mayor

The city of Lynnwood is expected to face a shortfall of an estimated $21 million in 2011-2012. Most, if not all departments will face cutbacks. Trouble is, councilmembers say, they don’t have any idea what those cuts will look like because Mayor Don Gough still hasn’t given them a budget. “We haven’t seen a budget…

Difficult budget process begins again Monday

Just a few weeks after the Lynnwood City Council found ways to plug a projected $5.3 million budget hole, the process is about to get under way again. Monday night will be the first of four budget hearings that are scheduled on the city’s 2011 – 2012 biennial budget. This early budget hearing is to…

No Fourth of July fireworks show in Lynnwood could mean a larger crowd in Edmonds

Edmonds is predicting a larger than usual crowd for its annual Fourth of July festivities, in part because Lynnwood eliminated its own fireworks display. Back in March, the Lynnwood City Council decided not to host a Fourth of July event because of the city’s financial crunch. It was estimated to cost around $22,000. (Lynnwood’s fireworks…

Lynnwood City Council solves budget gap but expects more hardship

Last night the Lynnwood City Council passed a series of budget amendments that closes the city’s budget gap of $5.3 million. (That’s up from the previous estimate of $4.8 million.) Some of the fixes included $2.3 million in transfers from other accounts, including $1.3 million intended for library improvements. Essentially, they took money out of…

Lynnwood City Council takes next step toward $20 car tab fee

The Lynnwood City Council stopped short of imposing a $20 car tab fee at Monday night’s meeting. However, they did approve the creation of a Transportation Benefit District by a vote of six to one. The next step is to decide how to fund transportation projects as part of the district. It will either be…

Lynnwood's $20 car tab fee should be decided Monday night

(Editor’s note: the results cited in the poll below were current as of posting. They are likely to change as more people vote. Also, with a relatively small number of votes, the results should not be considered scientific.) *** After a delay last month, the Lynnwood City Council is expected to decide Monday night whether…

Lynnwood’s $20 car tab fee should be decided Monday night

(Editor’s note: the results cited in the poll below were current as of posting. They are likely to change as more people vote. Also, with a relatively small number of votes, the results should not be considered scientific.) *** After a delay last month, the Lynnwood City Council is expected to decide Monday night whether…

Edmonds School District puts levy on the ballot

Voters in the Edmonds School District will be asked to approve a new school funding measure. Last night the School Board voted to put a supplemental levy on the Aug. 17 ballot. Superintendent Nick Brossoit said they’ve lost $22 million over the past six years, mostly due to a lack of state funding. “We have…

New Lynnwood finance director being considered

As the city continues to address a large budget shortfall, Lynnwood Mayor Don Gough has named Pat Dugan as interim finance director. The nomination comes two months after John Moir stepped down from the job during heated budget talks. Gough told the City Council at Monday night’s meeting that Dugan, who served as finance director…

Animal control services in Lynnwood could be cut back

Animal control services in Lynnwood might be scaled back to help the city deal with its budget shortfall. Right now the Lynnwood Police Department employs two full-time animal control officers. One of them is retiring this fall and police officials are considering not filling that position. “Currently we have animal control coverage seven days a…

County Executive Reardon asks Lynnwood residents for budget fixes

Which county services are important to you and how should we pay for them? Those are the two questions Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon asked as he came to the Lynnwood fire station last night for his first “Community Conversation.” “We have to make very difficult decisions about what services we fund, at what level…

No more lunchtime IOUs in the Edmonds School District

The budget crunch is hitting the lunch line in the Edmonds School District. Beginning May 17, students won’t be allowed to incur more debt or go into a negative balance on their lunch accounts. Students who can’t pay will receive a sack lunch, which the district calls a “Safety Net” meal. Food service managers say…

Concerned about school cuts? Here's your chance to tell lawmakers.

As the Edmonds School District tries to deal with a loss of state funding, it’s giving parents the chance to speak directly with lawmakers who made the cuts. State legislators representing the 1st, 21st and 32nd State Legislative Districts will participate in an “Ask Your Legislator” Forum beginning at 7 p.m., Monday, May 17. “This…

Concerned about school cuts? Here’s your chance to tell lawmakers.

As the Edmonds School District tries to deal with a loss of state funding, it’s giving parents the chance to speak directly with lawmakers who made the cuts. State legislators representing the 1st, 21st and 32nd State Legislative Districts will participate in an “Ask Your Legislator” Forum beginning at 7 p.m., Monday, May 17. “This…

Edmonds School District might cut on-campus officers

The Edmonds School District might cut police officers at its high school campuses, including Lynnwood High. According to a story in the Everett Herald,the district is considering eliminating its school resource officer program, which would save $200,000 in next year’s budget. Officers also would be cut from Edmonds-Woodway, Meadowdale and Mountlake Terrace high schools. As…

County Executive Reardon wants to hear from you

What county services are most important to you? Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon wants to know. Reardon will host a community meeting in Lynnwood next week to hear from the public on 2011 budget priorities. The meeting is set for Monday, May 10, from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Lynnwood Fire Station (188th Street…

No Sunday service, other changes in store for Community Transit

Major changes to Community Transit routes and schedules take effect in June, and the agency says most riders will be affected in some way. Some of the key changes include: No service on Sundays or major holidays (core local service is maintained six days a week.) Local and DART fare increase of 25-cents in all…