Lynnwood must now face its financial challenges

With Nov. 3 well behind us, I would like to thank the many supporters who voted to improve Lynnwood. My thanks goes out to each and every one of them.

We entered this campaign knowing that we were the underdog. Although I did not prevail in the mayor’s race, I feel that we have done much to bring awareness to the immediate problems facing Lynnwood. Over a year ago we knew that we were entering a recession, yet the administration continued Cadillac projects at a time revenues were declining. Now is not the time to let ego supersede common sense.

The challenges we identified during the campaign are still very real and eminent. Regardless of whom you voted for, the citizens of Lynnwood have a responsibility to monitor the spending and performance in this city. We simply cannot afford all the projects that have been planned.

I would hope that the administration recognizes its shortcomings that were expressed by The Herald editorial board and many of the leaders in South Snohomish County. The administration must learn:

• To spend less than we receive

• Curtail raising taxes again just to do more projects

• To get along with other jurisdictions, and develop a respectful manner toward the City Council

2010 will be a year full of opportunities and challenges. Let’s make common-sense decisions that will benefit the citizens of Lynnwood and strengthen the business community that supports us.

And finally, I would like to thank Lisa Utter and Ruth Ross for their years of service to our community as well as welcome our two new members, Kerri Lonnergan and Kimberly Cole.

Jim Smith

Council member


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