Letter to the Editor
Last updated 2/13/2019 at Noon
The quagmire at City Hall
This is what we’ve recently learned from the Mukilteo City Council: During Mayor Gregerson’s five-year term, we have suffered $250K in unauthorized distributions, a deficit of $300K in the equipment account, and an excessive turn-over rate among city employees.
The causes are traced to the mayor’s surreptitious, independent spending of public funds, repeated replacement of the finance and management directors who would notice her actions and the unstable employee retention across departments.
Our city operates under an elected Mayor-Council form of government. It is a cooperative dual authority meant to conjure best governance with mutual checks and balances to prevent malfeasance and misfeasance in office. No elected official has cart blanc authority.
Before giving away thousands of public dollars, an ethical elected official with common sense would consult with the body holding the purse. Mayor Gregerson’s pattern is to act alone. The public’s first awareness of this came from the discovery of the secret funding shuffle for the Peace Park project between she and Marko Liias last year.
Upon review, the state auditor’s report says, the mayor “did not know” she was unauthorized to spend at will as she has. Why didn’t she know is the relevant question here. She is paid to know the laws of her office or seek clarification. At a minimum, the mayors’ failure to exercise basic common sense and cautious fiscal prudence disqualifies her from continued duty. Trust and confidence in her ethics are negative.
What are the consequences of the mayor’s fiscal irresponsibility? -we pay the damages.
Your Mukilteo property taxes have been raised 12 percent. You will receive your property tax bill this week. Other Mukilteo “fees” have also been raised to help rebuild the general fund.
I imagine the Mukilteo Council is not enjoying this episode or looking forward to the pain of correcting the chaos at City Hall - 87 people have left there in five years - 17 per year? Leadership must change. Citizens and taxpayers have the responsibility to support the City Council to get this done in 2019.
As for the current mayor Jennifer Gregerson, her destructive actions qualify as financial malfeasance in office and she should not be rewarded with a new appointment to the Snohomish County Council! This cannot happen! Contact the County Council today!