LETTER: Resident concerned about SeaTac City Council raising taxes


[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The SeaTac Blog nor its staff:]

SeaTac City Council has already agreed with raising the 1% Property Tax cap without letting the citizens know AGAIN. Some cities declined and included the citizens when they made their decision while other cities haven’t decided yet because it is up to the city if they want to raise it or not. THANKS AGAIN!

As August 4 is approaching fast, I thought I’d give you a short break down of the spending Mia has approved for SeaTac City Council.

I compared SeaTac City Council expenditure with Burien’s City Council expenditure. Both cities have one mayor and six councilmembers:

  • SeaTac’s population is approximately 28,000 and Burien’s population almost doubles with approximately 47,000
  • SeaTac’s City Council 2013 actual total expenditures $287,000
  • Burien’s City Council 2013 actual total expenditures $203,000
  • SeaTac’s City Council spent $84,000 more than Burien’s City Council in 2013
  • SeaTac’s City Council 2015 budget total expenditures $321,705
  • Burien’s City Council 2015 budget total expenditure $258,895
  • SeaTac’s City Council budget for 2015 total expenditures is $62,810 higher

To start, SeaTac City Council is paid $749/pay period ($1538 per month) for I CMA – 457 deferred comp plan. It allows them to save for retirement.

  • SeaTac City Council salary/benefits for the 2015 budget was $221,000
  • Mayor $600 per Council meeting (two per month) equals $14,400
  • Councilmember $500 per Council meeting (two per month) (six members) equals $72,000
  • One mayor six councilmember retirement savings ($1538 per month) (seven people) equals $129,000
  • Burien City Council salary/benefits for the 2015 budget is $106,000.
  • Mayor $750 per month equals $9000
  • Councilmember $600 per month (six members) $43,200
  • Mayor V EB A contribution $658/MO equals $7900
  • Councilmember V E B A contribution $$647/MO (six) equals $46,000
  • SeaTac City Council budget for 2015 salary/benefits is $115,000 higher
  • SeaTac City Council for the 2015 budget for food/ appreciation dinner is $5900
  • Burien City Council for the 2015 budget for celebration (no food no meal) is $1500
  • SeaTac City Council budget for 2015 for food is $4400 more
  • SeaTac City Council for the 2015 budget for lodging/transportation/meal/mileage was $19,500

BUDGET REQUESTS – MAYOR GREGERSON:

  • (4 people go to Washington DC for five days every year) $8400 plus $2180 for registration
    (4 people go to another conference for four days every year) $6800 plus $2440 for registration
    (Meeting 2 people Lodge meal transportation no registration cost) $3260
    (Various meetings no registration but meals and mileage) $1800
  • Burien City Council for the 2015 budget for travel is $10,000
  • SeaTac City Council budget for 2015 for travel is $9,500 more
  • SeaTac City Council for the 2015 budget for telephone is $7000
  • Burien City Council for the 2015 budget for telephone was $4000
  • SeaTac City Council budget for 2015 is $3000 more

FOLLOW UP – JUNE 1- LETTER TO THE EDITOR – RESIDENT HAS CONCERN ABOUT A CANDIDATE RUNNING FOR SEATAC CITY COUNCIL

Sally Andrews is still a mystery. June 4, ‘Outside Observer’ stated ‘she has lived in the area since 2009 after spending time in South Africa and it appears she lives near S 189th Pl . Another Angle Lake citizen stated she has been his neighbor for years on 37th Ave So.. Then we heard she rents a basement on S 191st St Pl that has listed a partial basement 600 sq ft and that address is used for a non –profit organization. The other candidates have Facebook and/or websites which they have up to date posts. They have arranged gatherings and invited the citizens to meet them and ask questions. Even Mia had a get together at her home and the majority of the current council attended. Now you would think this would have been the perfect setting for Sally to meet the citizens since she is endorsed and supported by Mia and the four current councilmembers we want out. But nope, no Sally.

Just in case you still don’t know who to vote for, I always say actions speak louder than words. Don’t tell me what you’re going to do, show me.

REMEMBER: An illegal raise was given to an employee (Pat Patterson) for the Fire Station 46 construction. What did the Council do? Changed the rules so that those raises are now legal, not reported to the Council, and have no cap!

WHEN: Too many citizens of SeaTac showed up at committee meetings? Eliminate the committees and go to study sessions.

HOW DO THEY SOLVE: City Manager spending too much money? Raise the cap to $50K without Council approval.

HOW DID MIA FEEL ABOUT NORTH SEATAC PARK: dismissed the cleanup proposal by Fernald as a “pet project” unworthy of taking money from unexpended development funds AND she would not support Fernald’s motion to use mitigation funds. Then the vote was 6-1

Look at what that candidate has done for our community in the past. View past Council meetings and see what was said or what was done (or not done). You can see the current councilmembers but also see new candidates that have spoke at the meetings which shows they have cared about our community and not just say they do. Look to see if they have a campaign Facebook page and if they do, has it been posted with up-to-date information. Have they had gatherings to meet the citizens and to answer any questions that people may have. If they have a campaign website what kind of information are they posting? Are they taking the time to go door-to-door and meet the citizens personally and not just hire people? Do a simple Google search, are the easy to find. Was it easy to figure out that they actually do live in SeaTac? See how involved they are in their campaign and is there a lot of effort in meeting people.

On August 4, some candidates are going to hear it’s over for them, and some will have to go through this anticipation all over again. I am honored to be involved in making a positive change in our city Council. I say good luck to all the candidates and this virgin voter is driving down to drop off her ballot in the box

– Jenny Scaman

*information was obtained from City of SeaTac 2015-2016 Biennial Preliminary Budget, City of Burien 2015-2016 Preliminary Budget* *via public records request to City of SeaTac Records Request**Facebook**Google*

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Comments

3 Responses to “LETTER: Resident concerned about SeaTac City Council raising taxes”
  1. Michael T Kovacs says:

    http://www.takeseatacback.org Please read.

  2. Janice Taylor says:

    Jenny, thank you for the facts and figures. I so wish when Mia and her ilk ran last time, voters would have voted with their heads rather than their hearts. (Yeah, right.) Hopefully we can rectify that this year. We certainly cannot afford their wanton spending of OUR money.

  3. jellybean says:

    *PLEASE* *PLEASE* *PLEASE* *WATCH THIS*

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDYm1D05Dbo