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City of Everett Budget 2011 Priorities???

Okay everyone, well.. Most everyone has a budget they have to run their lives by. Same with cities, counties, states & our Nation in general. We are reaping the “lack” of benefits when those same don’t live by their budgets. So while the working American citizen is expected to live within their means & to budget their money the Government has no such guidelines or responsibility it would seem.

Thanks to the Everett Herald for alerting me to the fact that the City of Everett budget is finally on line (it only took 11 months). I love accounting for the simple reason is it is the only thing that makes sense, you can play with the numbers but you can not change their reality. The city of Everett has projected revenues of 105,784,941, it has projected spending of 110,573,561, but the revenues have an expected shortfall of 962,110. That NOT included Everett is claiming they are facing a 1 Million dollar shortfall, but the projected budget has them overspending to about the tune of 4,788,620 that is 4.8 million dollars. So where do they think this money is going to come from? If I overspent almost 5.7 million dollars a year there would be hell to pay in my house, my better half is a good kind & understanding man but I’m pretty sure we would have a battle royale over that one.

But first!!! Let’s take a look at the priorities of the Mayor of the City of Everett who is the one who gives final approval after the Council has voted on it.About 47% of the city’s budget is spent on Police & Fire. It is the rest of it that made me go WTH? If you are Senior Citizen in the City of Everett you are worth approximately 1/3 less than an animal, but don’t feel bad the community is only worth 1/5 of what the Animal Shelter is worth, an Animal shelter with it’s very own 501(c)3 non profit with the ability to fundraise & get their own donations, & being in animal rescue I know they could be eligible for well over 750,000 in grants, & scholarships from other charities.

Just take a look at the priorities of the City Govt, now I know what Stonecipher & Nielson were squawking about as far as the budget & spending priorities, you should know too.

77% of the City’s revenue is made up from property owners, business owners & ANY ONE who buys so much as a stick of gum in the city from the sales tax they bring in. Another 16% is also you in nickels & dimes charges, fines, fees, penalties & other assessments. So 93% of the money they are spending, it was yours, it is being wasted & you are continuing to let this happen to you by not getting involved in the whole process.

Every day when you go to work how does it feel to know the people who are taking that money you worked hard for are playing around with it, wasting it like a drunk 21 yr old on their first trip to Vegas with mom & dad’s credit cards.

I will let you take a look for yourself to see what your hard earned money is going towards, think long & hard about how you feel about this when you vote. Further results can be found here at this link at the City Of Everett Website
City of Everett Revenues 2011
Property Tax                   29.52%      30,969,067
Timber Harvest Tax                              0.00%                    545
Sales Tax                      19.71%       20,718,349
Use Tax                                                  0.73%          1,223,565
Interfund Tax                                      3.52%           3,688,980
Business Tax                   27.22%       26,086,647
Excise Tax                                              0.59%             784,735
Delinquent Penalty/Interest                 0.02%               21,060
Business Licenses & Permits                  0.03%               39,074
Non-Bus. Licenses & Permits                 0.76%          1,689,323
Interfund Licenses & Permits               0.01%                9 ,056
Direct Federal Grants                            0.00%            – 33,193
Indirect Federal Grants                         0.12%            399,584
State Grants                                            0.00%            133,521
State Payments                                       3.50%         3,669,259
Interlocal Payments                                0.90%         1,048,270
Intergovernmental Svc Chgs                  0.19%            203,547
Recovery Act Funds                                0.19%         – 654,917
General Gov Svc Chgs                              0.09%           112,995
Security of Persons/Property               0.10%              94,243
Physical Env Svc Chgs                             0.68%            759,493
Economic Env Svc Chgs                           0.35%            396,718
Cultural/Recreation Svc Chgs                1.19%         1,228,349
Inter Fund/Dept Svc Chgs                     5.22%         5,628,189
Civil Penalties                                           0.02%              19,625
Non-Parking Infractions                        0.88%            981,364
Parking Infractions                                 0.00%               2 ,307
Criminal Traffic Infractions                  0.13%            152,009
Criminal Non-Traffic Infrac                  0.09%            103,281
Criminal Cost Recovery                            0.25%            316,209
Non-Court Fines & Penalties                   0.09%            108,020
Interest Earnings                                     1.10%         1,409,778
Rents/Leases                                            0.42%            458,531
Interfund Contributions                         0.28%          – 275,000
Private Contrib/Donations                       0.02%              89,713
Other Misc Revenue                                 0.07%            886,564
Operating Transfers In                           2.03%         2,352,971
Annual Revenues 100.00% 105,784,941

City of Everett Budget 2011
1) Council                                                      0.51%          480,047
2) Legal                                                        3.44%        3,659,325
3) Administration                                        1.67%        1,411,350
4) Municipal Court                                       1.72%        1,676,768
5) Labor Relations/Human Resources       1.36%        1,375,767
6) Non-Departmental                                 12.92%    19,659,929
7) Finance                                                    1.79%        1,812,731
8) Information Technology                        1.65%        1,561,526
9) Planning & Community Dev.                    1.58%        1,716,730
10) Neighborhoods/Community Svcs        0.35%           349,329
11) Engineering Services                            5.09%        5,322,138
12) Animal Services                                      1.18%        1,426,561
13) Senior Center                                        0.41%           428,573
14) Police                                                     26.75%    26,593,714
15) Fire                                                         17.89%    19,018,284
16) Facilities                                                  3.32%        3,341,114
17) Parks & Recreation                                8.28%        8,557,306
18) Library                                                     4.41%        4,614,632
19) Municipal Arts                                       0.85%          853,553
20) Conference Center                               0.91%          736,400
21) Special Projects                                    0.03%          111,993
22) Street Improvements                           1.86%       2,980,685
23) Streets                                                  2.02%        2,065,477
24) Allocations                                            0.00%          819,629
25) Transfer Surplus to Reserves             0.00% –
Total Governmental Operations 110,573,561

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