Kirkland Councilwoman Amy Walen is a ‘socialist’ | Letter
February 20, 2013 · 4:46 PM
Ms. Amy Walen needs a lot more accountability to the taxpayers of Kirkland in this election - she’s a socialist. Voters should be aware of what she really means when she says “Amy for all of us.” It’s not true. Who are “all of us?”
She has a record of “feeding the bears,” redistributing tax dollars to cover up bad financial decisions by people who depend more on government than they do themselves. On the council, she failed to fund essential services out of existing revenues before raising taxes. Why? She wanted more money for non-essential services. It’s costing us plenty.
The unfinished business she wants to finish is just more political monkey business.
She states, “As chair of the Finance Committee, we replenished the city’s reserves and maintained our AAA rating while passing stringent audits with flying colors.” At what costs to us and our quality of life? We’re spending more for less.
To provide city wide services to the annexation area requires sacrifices from the existing residents in service levels and costs. Are we part of the word, “all” or not? The council said city services would only be provided as money became available. They, including Councilwoman Walen, are not doing it and it’s costing us even more. They increased spending. We end up paying for it.
There was already enough money in the budget to pay for all the projects the voters wanted but the council failed to finance. Yet, the council, including Ms. Walen, decided to put a tax increase on the ballot to make up for their failure to pay for essential services.
She says, “I will work with the Parks Department to make sure the money generously committed to us by citizens is spent wisely.” She didn’t do it before. Why should we believe her now?
Higher taxes do not benefit all of us as she would have us believe. Taxes take money out of our pockets, thereby reducing our ability to maintain and improve our quality of life.
So believe what you want. I believe her actions speak louder than words.
Bob Style, Kirkland