Kudos to Mayor Cooke

In Mayor Suzette Cooke’s mid-biennium budget adjustment proposal to the City Council on Sept. 26, she presented a balanced budget and proposed two new tax measures.

One measure would benefit our parks system, the other would benefit our criminal justice system, police, prosecutors, public defenders, court clerks, police records clerks and correction officers.

Mayor Cooke said, “Public safety must remain our highest priority.”

Public safety – specifically, increased police staffing – was the No. 1 priority of the city of Kent Financial Sustainability Task Force report in June of 2016. Mayor Cooke’s proposal for a criminal justice measure is right in line with that of the task force.

I support the mayor’s proposal for a criminal justice measure to be placed on the April 2018 ballot. I encourage the City Council to begin work immediately to prepare the criminal justice measure for the April ballot. I urge the citizens of Kent to support the measure when the time comes.

Public safety is a very important element of our quality of life in Kent.

– Lew Sellers

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