Officials focused on wrong priorities

Most people want to be good citizens – obey the laws and pay their fair share of taxes. What we don’t want, and are sick and tired of, is having those tax dollars wasted.

The Snohomish County Council and Bob Drewel seem to be out of touch with reality. While giving themselves a nice fat raise in pay, they are at the same time asking for a tax increase from us, even in the face of an economic downturn and layoffs at Boeing. While the council is turning a blind eye to adding a sufficient number of sheriff’s deputies in the proposed budget for 2002, it is going to spend $2,709,600 on the following: four new “vactor” trucks, four new sweeper trucks and an additional eight operators for increasing frequency of sweeps.

If sweeping streets has a higher priority with the council than keeping streets safer, then we do need a change in leadership. The proposed budget means the county government will be spending over $314,000 each and every hour of every work-day all year long. Each and every hour. For that kind of money, shouldn’t the citizens of this county receive something more tangible for their money than freshly swept streets?


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