Leonard French introduces himself via the Herald

posted Aug 27, 2013, 9:01 PM by Stephen Barnes
The following appeared in the August 24 edition of the Herald:
 
[Leonard French made the following introductory statement]

When expected revenues decrease, as they have, the first response should be prioritization of public safety and infrastructure, not spending down our savings and certainly not while pursuing more density and a new city hall.

We are one of the most densely populated cities in Washington, so why more density/economic development? It serves a regional agenda and the ambitions of current council members, but not the agendas of the people living in the impacted neighborhoods. Promised reimbursement of all the tax dollars spent is just wishful thinking.

An affordable city-hall ballot measure could have been offered. Instead council borrowed to rent, while gambling on a tax increase vote. It failed three times. The $1.9 million repayment of the borrowed rent money is now coming due with nothing to show for it and potentially more years of rent in front of us. Some hard, perhaps unorthodox choices are just ahead. The money and the choices should be out in the open before November, not after.

One idea: the Ballinger clubhouse area could provide a partial space needs solution for our administration. An affordable stopgap to avoid more years of rent is a greater need than a larger senior center.
 
[Stay tuned for greater detail in the coming weeks! -sb]
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