As Initiative 747 is approved, I again hear the bureaucracies yelling gloom and doom and the need to cut services. It is gloom and doom because they will make it so. The first cuts threatened or actually done is from the people who are least able to care for themselves. Why is this? There are other ways to save.
An agency must use all budgeted money or lose equivalent money in the next budget. What is bought is not always needed or exceeds need. I and others have experienced this in government offices. Couldn’t a predeterminded amount of “excess” money be kept to be used in the future when a real need arises? Also, the paperwork for ordering or returning something is very time consuming, thus expensive. I ordered one gross of pencils one time and received 12 gross. The office did not return them because of the paperwork and time that would be spent in doing so. These are only two areas to be looked at. I am sure there are more.
When people vote for less taxes, this is the type of waste they want eliminated – not fire and police departments or homes for drug addicted newborns.
Lynnwood votes for medic services because it is a needed service and money goes to the service. People will vote for levies for fire, police and the like if we know the money is used for such. Levy requests can be added to general elections, cutting costs.
Let’s support services we want instead of giving the money into a general budget which can be tapped for stadiums and other things voted down by the people.