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Edgewood council to decide on budget cuts

Post by Melissa Santos / The Olympian on May 25, 2010 at 11:06 am with 2 Comments »
May 25, 2010 12:58 pm

Edgewood City Council members may vote tonight on about $367,000 worth of proposed budget cuts designed to offset voters’ repeal of a citywide utility tax last month.

During the April 27 special election, about 72 percent of Edgewood voters opposed the 3.5 percent utility tax that the city council enacted in December. The three-year tax would have brought in about $500,000 per year, enough to close the city’s budget gap of roughly $450,000.

The cuts under consideration tonight including reducing the city’s police force by one sheriff’s deputy; laying off two of the city’s 11 full-time employees and cutting street maintenance by $50,000.

That’s on top of staff cuts the council made last year to decrease the city’s budget shortfall from $750,000 in July to about $450,000 by December.

Edgewood council members are reviewing the  new budget proposals tonight and could vote either today or at their next meeting June 8.

The council will meet at 7 p.m. tonight at Edgewood City Hall, located at 2224 104th Avenue East in Edgewood.

Leave a comment Comments → 2
  1. Elnora09 says:

    Edgewood citizens quality of life continues to degrade from 5 years of this anticityhood councils shamefully corrupt actions.
    There’s no plan to cut Meridian sewer or widening projects that bankrupted the city.
    Those projects only benefit councilmembers or their anticityhood friends and family with Meridian financial interests.

  2. uptodate says:

    The city needs to merge with another city. The place is falling apart. The only commercial prospects are apartments heading that way now that the sewers are here I predict in 5 years all those fields will be apartments with transient people that need to commute.
    Good job Edgewood City Councils past and present.

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