Priorities are nothing new

The focus groups that came up with the list of priorities for Redmond’s so-called new budgeting process could have saved themselves considerable time had they done a little research into the city’s recent past.

LETTERS

CITY BUDGET

The focus groups that came up with the list of priorities for Redmond’s so-called new budgeting process could have saved themselves considerable time had they done a little research into the city’s recent past.

The priority items listed in the Redmond Reporter have been on the city’s agenda for the past 20 years or so. Though lacking in imagination, these priorities may be worthy, but they do raise some questions about the ability, usefulness and effectiveness of the officials who have been chasing the same elusive goals over the last two decades.

These same city officials also seem woozy with self-delight over a budget that will be built “from the ground up.” They act as if they have discovered some bright, new, far-off star in the firmament. A “from the ground up budget” is hardly a new notion; it is called zero-based budgeting and has been around for quite some time.

Perhaps, the city should form a group to focus on how not to spend other people’s, that is, taxpayers’, money.

Now that would be a novel budget concept.

Richard Grubb

Redmond

More in Letters to the Editor

Koeppen a clear choice for Redmond | Letter

Andrew Koeppen is the clear choice for mayor of Redmond. As an… Continue reading

Support county parks | Letter

Our area’s parks are here to stay because ordinary people value them.… Continue reading

Fields for a better Redmond | Letter

As a long-term Redmond resident, I’ve voted in many mayoral elections. This… Continue reading

Birney: Ready day one | Letter

Birney: Ready day one I support Angela Birney for our next mayor… Continue reading

Alternative to Sammamish River Trail | Letter

The proposed King County improvements to the Sammamish River Trail should be… Continue reading

An eye opener | Letter

I was quite taken by the article “Susan’s quest for justice, the… Continue reading

Start impeachment hearings | Letter

As a constituent of Rep. Suzan DelBene, I strongly support starting impeachment… Continue reading

Thank you Hiruko | Letter

Ashley Hiruko’s detailed story (“Susan’s quest for justice and the civil legal… Continue reading

Khan for Council | Letter

I am proud to support my friend Varisha Khan in her candidacy… Continue reading

Thank you Inslee | Letter

Thank you Inslee I am proud to have my Gov. Jay Inslee,… Continue reading

Keep Redmond a great hometown | Letter

Each of us has chosen Redmond as our hometown. Many, like our… Continue reading

You need to run for office | Letter

In 2016, we all learned an interesting lesson, literally anyone who wants… Continue reading