Meeting goals without a levy | Letter

At several meetings this month city staff has been saying they need more funding for fire than what is presently allocated. I get it. Our population is growing; and Fire Station 12, which serves the burgeoning Overlake urban center and Rose Hill, Grass Lawn and View Point neighborhoods needs remodeling and expansion. No doubt we’ll need a new fire station in Overlake some day, as well. Fire is drawing up a six-year master plan for these needs.

No doubt accommodating fire’s needs will require significant funding so the city is planning a new safety levy to pay for it. But, do we need a levy? No!

At council’s June 25 committee meeting, finance director Malisa Files reported the city is in excellent financial shape: “Department budgets [like fire] are running well and there’s really no issues in our funds.” She went onto say, “revenues are up by 17 percent, from sales tax and development revenue.”

Ms. Files has been reporting high revenue growth for well over a year with no end in sight. Even more impactful, Ms. Files reported, “we expect $20 million in property tax income over the next year.” If that’s not enough, the city has a Responsible Government priority from which it can tap $31,707,604 from their “operation reserves!”

Fiscal stewardship should be expected of a responsible government; allocations to fire and police should be priority No. 1. Our exceptional present and future revenues and “smart prioritizing” of other services should get us to our fire goals without the need for a safety levy. When the levy is one day proposed, please vote “no.”

Bob Yoder

Redmond

More in Letters to the Editor

Eliminating the possibility | Letter

If the perpetrators did not have guns with the capability of mass… Continue reading

Irony behind administration’s immigration policies | Letter

Thousands of asylum seekers from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras — some… Continue reading

A moon landing, an American dream | Letter

We recently celebrated the anniversary of one of the biggest engineering feats… Continue reading

Government should consider existing residents | Letter

Satisfied with Redmond, vote for incumbents: David Carson, Hank Meyers. Angela Birney… Continue reading

Vote ‘yes’ to Prop. 1 | Letter

Please vote to approve the revised Prop. 1 for EvergreenHealth to provide… Continue reading

Fields has experience, vision and commitment | Letter

Everywhere I go, someone complains to me, as former 16 year mayor… Continue reading

Fields to guide Redmond | Letter

Steve Fields’ leadership style sets him apart. In Redmond’s “Strong Mayor” form… Continue reading

Birney for an inclusive, collaborative city | Letter

Angela Birney is the candidate for mayor with the broadest sense of… Continue reading

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