Council hears from public on budget amendments; learns more about city parks draft plan – My Edmonds News – DC Initiative on Racial Equity
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Edmonds City Councilmembers meet virtually Tuesday night.

Members of the public had a chance to express their thoughts Tuesday night on proposed amendments to the 2022 adopted City of Edmonds budget, although the council was only able to discuss a few of them during the time allocated on the agenda.

Those residents offering public testimony Tuesday night had a range of opinions on the list of budget amendments, which had been compiled by Councilmember Diane Buckshnis. Many of the amendments had been proposed by Buckshnis and Councilmember Kristiana Johnson for discussion during the 2021 budget deliberation process. However, due to schedule conflicts, neither councilmember was in attendance on Nov. 17 when those amendments were discussed and the final budget was approved.

Councilmembers Buckshnis, K. Johnson and Vivian Olson for several weeks last fall had argued that the 2021 budget was being approved too quickly, and that budget deliberations should include the participation of councilmembers who were elected by the voters. That would have meant including new Councilmember Will Chen, who was scheduled to be seated at the Nov. 23 meeting, following vote certification that same day. In the end, the budget was approved on Nov. 17 by a vote of 4-1, with current Councilmembers Paine and Laura Johnson, and former Councilmembers Adrienne Fraley-Monillas and Luke Distelhorst voting yes, Olson voting no, and Buckshnis and K. Johnson absent.

Now, with two new councilmembers — Chen, who took Distelhorst’s seat, and Neil Tibbott, who replaced Fraley-Monillas — the council could conceivably make changes to the existing budget if they can muster a 5-2 supermajority. The purpose of Tuesday night’s meeting was to hear from the public and have some discussion. The council is likely to continue its deliberation

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