Snohomish housing tax break vote should have been 7-0

I attended the Sept. 20 Snohomish City Council meeting. The council was to vote on the affordable housing tax break. The room was standing room only.

As with protocol, those in attendance had the opportunity to speak directly to the city council. More then a dozen citizens spoke to reject this tax break. Then it was the council’s turn. Then a vote followed, 4-3 to reject the ordinance.

My question is this: The vote should have been 7-0 to reject. Didn’t those three council members hear the voice of the people ? These three members voted against the will of the people. Let me remind the council, you don’t get paid for your opinions, you get paid to hear and represent our will. It’s not what you want, but what the people want. Represent.

Bruce A. Ferguson

Snohomish

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