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Priest: The right leader for Federal Way | Federal Way letters
It comes as no surprise to me that the World Championship of Sand Sculpting was a financial flop. This is yet another financial mistake the city council has made for which the taxpayers must now suffer. I suppose the $58,000 lost out of a $40 million budget doesn’t seem like much, until you realize that it almost pays a police officer’s salary for an entire year. I’m sorry, Jim Ferrell, but your vote to waste money on sand castles, despite being faced with potentially laying off 18 police officers, seals my vote for Skip Priest. Our city desperately needs fiscally responsible leadership. Leadership that will stop wasting my hard earned tax dollars on the pipe dream of tourism, or the hanging flower baskets on 320th Street. We need a leader who will stand up to the Cadillac health insurance benefits city workers have given themselves. We need a leader who has enough business sense (that only comes through experience) to stop the financial bleeding at Dumas Bay and the Community Center. We need a leader that can unite citizens, business owners and government leaders to create a better Federal Way. We need a leader who is willing to stop the insanity most recently demonstrated spending the equivalent of one police officer’s salary on sand castles. Jim, I think you’re a good guy and I appreciate your service to our community. However, Skip Priest has demonstrated that he is the leader Federal Way needs.
Matthew Jarvis, Federal Way