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 as Mountlake Terrace and Edmonds.

Council members will also decide on a  new business tax, called Revenue Regulatory License, which businesses would pay based on their size. That would generate about $3.5 million over two years.

They’ll also consider a one-tenth of one percent sales tax increase aimed at saving police and fire jobs. The sales tax hike, which would need to be approved by voters, would bring in about $2.6 million over two years.

A proposed property tax increase between 12 and 35 cents per $1,000 of assessed home value is also on the agenda.

Before the regular City Council meeting, the Transportation Benefit District Board will meet to hold a public hearing and possibly vote on a $20 car tab fee to pay for road projects.

Perennial initiative sponsor Tim Eyman, a Mukilteo resident, plans to speak out against Lynnwood’s proposed car tab fee tonight. In an e-mail to the City Council, Eyman said “your vote tonight to unilaterally increase car tabs is contrary to what the voters have consistently said.  Do the right thing — put any increase in car tabs on the ballot and let the voters decide.”

  1. At one point in my life I would never have thought I’d say this, but I will say it and mean it: thank God for Tim Eyman. Between working for a local city government and living in Lynnwood, I have been utterly soured on government. So far as I can see, at least here, government is nothing more than a racket of self-serving crooks (and by government, I mean mayor, council, and above all the ranks of do-nothing civil servants).

    Politicians and bureaucrats: talk about the ultimate co-dependent, symbiotic relationship.

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