Everett mayor pitching extra $20 car tab fee




Posted on June 4, 2014 at 5:39 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 4 at 7:09 PM

EVERETT, Wash. -- The City of Everett faces a $13 million budget gap. To plug it, the mayor is trying to sell people on a car-tab fee and program cuts. But it's a plan that few are buying.

At Everett's Silver Lake Beach Park, Rachel Johnson and Joni Waldo have some mom time while their kids play.

As the weather warms up, it won't be long til 4-year-old Kai wants to go swimming.

"Safety should be your number one priority when it comes to your children. And anything that takes away from that is a bad idea," said Joni.
The City of Everett is looking at cutting life guards at Silver Lake Beach as part of a comprehensive package to fill $13 million budget gap.

"Our budget is structurally out of balance," said Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson.

Stephanson says Everett is one of the only cities that still has a swim area like this and the lifeguards cost $55,000 a year.

"We felt that eliminating the lifeguards there was the right choice," said Stephanson.

Joni and Rachel aren't buying it.

"I'm sure there's a million other ways to save $55,000 that doesn't involve people's lives," said Joni.

"I don't think it's worth the amount of money they would be saving," said Rachel.

The city isn't just looking at cuts to fill this budget gap. They also want to take an extra $20 from people when they go to get new tabs for their car.

"Don't like it ya know, but what am I gonna do?" said Rusty Davison, driver.

At Julie's Licensing Service, nobody's buying this plan either.

"It's just extra money out of our pocket and we're barely making it," said Jassim Albuhaleg, driver.

New costs and cuts the city could soon have to face.

The Everett City Council will discuss the mayor's proposal Wednesday night.