Op-ed: Lower business license fees

The following letter was sent by former City Councilman Jim Smith, who works as a mortgage adviser, to the current council: Council members, Just a quick word from “the street” about Lynnwood taxation. Under the old business tax rate we paid $103 plus $10.50 per employee.  We had nine employees and now 13.  Our tax…

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…

An open letter from Sen. Paull Shin

By Sen. Paull Shin, D—Edmonds My fellow citizens, I write to you today about a revenue proposal that could help protect public services that we all rely on. As you know, we are dragging ourselves out of the deepest recession this country has ever seen.  My first day in the Legislature was almost two decades…

Sen. Paull Shin proposes temporary sales tax hike

Sen. Paull Shin, who represents the legislative district that includes Lynnwood, has proposed to boost sales tax by one percent. The state is facing a $5 billion budget shortfall and Shin says the tax hike would raise more than $2 billion for the 2011 – 2013 biennium. The increase would expire at the end of…

Some business owners concerned about higher employee fees

Some small business owners say Lynnwood’s increased employee tax is creating a hardship for them. This year the fee that businesses pay for each employee went from $15.50 to $85, an increase of almost 600 percent. The new revenue helped fill a $22 million budget hole. Some small business owners have been telling the City…

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…

Major cuts no longer expected for public safety and parks

Monday night the City Council passed a tax package that’s expected to generate more than $7 million dollars. In doing so, they may have saved the police, fire, and parks departments from deep cuts. The Fire Department was facing the possibility of losing at least 12 firefighters, but Fire Chief Gary Olson tells us that’s…

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…

No $20 car tab fee… at least not yet

Monday night the Transportation Benefit District Board — made up of the seven Lynnwood City Council members — decided against implementing a $20 vehicle registration free, at least for now. Council members Kimberly Cole and Mark Smith were the only two who voted in favor of the new fee. Cole said the expected $420,000 per…

Car tab fee could be decided Monday night

This Monday night, the Lynnwood City Council is expected to vote on an ordinance that would enact a $20 vehicle registration fee. The Transportation Benefit District, as it’s known, is expected to generate about $420,000 a year to pay for road projects. If the ordinance is enacted as written, the money would go toward the…

Lynnwood inches closer to $20 car tab fee

Last night the Lynnwood City Council took another step toward establishing a $20 vehicle licensing fee. It was the first meeting of the Transportation Benefit District. They approved the charter, which outlines the purpose of the TBD, its powers, the roles/responsibilities of its officers, and the time and place of regular meetings. They also approved…

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…

How bad is Lynnwood's financial picture?

Lynnwood’s budget problems are bleak, according to an accountant hired by the police union to review the city’s books. “This is the worst financial statement I’ve ever seen,” Timothy Reilly told the City Council last week. “I was employed by the city of Vallejo when they filed bankruptcy; they were not as bad as this.”…

How bad is Lynnwood’s financial picture?

Lynnwood’s budget problems are bleak, according to an accountant hired by the police union to review the city’s books. “This is the worst financial statement I’ve ever seen,” Timothy Reilly told the City Council last week. “I was employed by the city of Vallejo when they filed bankruptcy; they were not as bad as this.”…

Would you pay more in property taxes for public schools?

The state cut back school funding this past legislative session, so the Edmonds School District might ask voters to make up the difference. The district is considering putting a four-year supplemental levy proposal on the August ballot. It would raise about $6.4 million the first year (the same amount the district is trying to cut…

Vote on Lynnwood's $20 car tab tax rescheduled

The Lynnwood City Council was expected to vote last night on the creation of a Transportation Benefit District, which would levy a new $20 tax on vehicle registrations within the city. However, the previous public hearing regarding a Hall Lake housing development went long. Council member Stephanie Wright told me it looks like the TBD…

Vote on Lynnwood’s $20 car tab tax rescheduled

The Lynnwood City Council was expected to vote last night on the creation of a Transportation Benefit District, which would levy a new $20 tax on vehicle registrations within the city. However, the previous public hearing regarding a Hall Lake housing development went long. Council member Stephanie Wright told me it looks like the TBD…

Tonight's your chance to weigh in on a $20 car tab tax

Tonight the Lynnwood City Council will take public comments on two significant items: Transportation Benefit District – Should the city add a $20 fee to vehicle registrations to fund transportation improvements? Council members are expected to vote on the matter following public comments. Council President Ted Hikel believes it will pass. (Read the earlier story…