Regarding Everett Mayor Cassie Franklin’s recommendations for budget cuts, I would like some clarification from her. At the July 23 Council of Neighborhoods meeting the mayor stated that the budget deficit had been reduced to $2.8 million. (I didn’t trust my memory, so I verified this statement through my notes and the official minutes from the meeting.)
Approximately a month later at a neighborhood meeting and in a Herald article (“Mayor recommends cuts, including 13 jobs, and fee increases,” The Herald, Sept. 5) the amount is back up to $13 million. Which is it? If it is still at $13 million, why? If it is truly $2.8 million, how was that achieved?
In my opinion she needs to look at her inner circle of new hires and the administrative and managerial staff who are pulling in the big salaries. Some cuts in those areas may be appropriate.
Even the mayor of Seattle doesn’t use a spokesperson.
The city might also want to consider dedicating more officers to traffic enforcement throughout the city and address the speeding on Evergreen Speedway (formerly known as Evergreen Way). This would bring in more revenue for the city and may deter some bad driving habits if citations were issued.
I also feel that charging seniors a membership fee to the senior center isn’t right. They have paid their dues and deserve a free, safe environment to socialize in. For many on a fixed income it may be a choice of not joining and losing those opportunities for engagement and enrichment.