Bob and I have some concerns about the 2019 Everett budget (“Budget cuts $5.6 million from Everett’s long-term deficit,” The Herald, Nov. 29). We are appalled about further cuts to the library. I am assuming cuts were applied to downtown and Evergreen branches?
Bob and I feel the reduction in cost for the library, fire and transits is not beneficial to citizens in Everett. Many use the services of these departments and we feel the reductions in services due to cuts will have a major impact on the quality of life for many. This could cause many citizens to question if it’s their benefit to live in our city.
We feel the Everett libraries’ costs have been trimmed enough from 2008, which was the national downturn in the economy. I also feel the proposed consolidation of Sno-Isle Libraries and Everett libraries should be carefully studied before making any decisions. Consolidation of the two systems should be mutually beneficial.
We feel that Everett Transit, which has a humongous deficit, should be consolidated with Community Transit as soon as possible. We have been to several transit meetings since we moved into Everett in 1996. We have looked at their finances, saw the system has been in the “red” since we landed here. I was asked to a focus group several years, took their survey, but, nothing was addressed. We know the system is not a money-making proposition, it is there to service those who do not have transportation. However, Everett cannot support two costly transportation systems.
Robert J. Creamer
M. J. Donovan-Creamer