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Why The Misunderstanding?

Ken Armstrong, Mill Creek City Manager says there is no plan to build a new City Hall or Civic Center, there is no plan to displace businesses in Mill Creek, and there is no plan to implement a Utility Tax.
Ken Armstrong, Mill Creek City Manager, responds to the Mill Creek View's contentions. Photo credit: City of Mill Creek.

By Ken Armstrong, Mill Creek City Manager

Editor's note - This article is being published with the permission of the City of Mill Creek at no cost as a service to the community.

There is no plan to build a new City Hall or Civic Center.

There is no plan to displace businesses in Mill Creek.

There is no plan to implement a Utility Tax.

I am not sure how much more plainly I can say this, but surely I must because to read other recent columns and articles, one would walk away thinking that the City is on the cusp of blindly demolishing businesses to erect a public edifice to………..who knows what.

The conceptual drawing presented to council, the same one recently printed in the Mill Creek View, represented an idea intended to spark a conversation about the City’s future.  I’ve made it abundantly clear to everyone I’ve talked with that this was just a place to start the conversation – with business owners, with commercial property owners, with the public and with the city council. 

Every community conversation has to start somewhere, with someone, with some idea.  After all, it was an idea that brought people together to create this great country.  It was an idea that led to the incorporation of this fair city.  It was an idea that conceived and inspired Mill Creek’s Town Center retail shopping area.

This idea was presented to the Mill Creek City Council in April and it is only now, nearly six months later, that this issue surfaces as some sort of civic emergency?  We need to be able to voice our ideas and have an intellectually honest debate about the merits of those ideas.  We also need to have open, informed and balanced community debates that are based on facts rather than supposition.

I also want to say as clearly as possible that I have not had any (as in not one) conversation with any councilmember, either individually or as a whole, wherein I suggested, recommended or even hinted at acquiring any property for any purpose. 

Moreover, at no time has any member of the council (or the council as a whole) asked, suggested, directed or hinted that I or other City staff should buy property for any purpose.

The notion that a utility tax is imminent is likewise beyond comprehension.  In the ten months I have been Mill Creek’s City Manager, there have been zero conversations about implementing a utility tax.  Not one single conversation – none.  There simply have been no city council conversations about implementing a utility tax in the ten months I have been here.

  • There is no plan to build a new City Hall or Civic Center.
  • There is no plan to displace businesses in Mill Creek.
  • There is no plan to implement a Utility Tax.

Please feel free to contact me or drop by – I welcome your feedback! 

You can contact Ken at 425-921-5724 or at kena@cityofmillcreek.com.

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Comments

The Mill Creek View has a political agenda

It's no surprise to see the Mill Creek View playing politics around election time. It happens every year.

It is surprising to see Terry Ryan taking shots at his previous coworkers. Is this how he treats those who disagree with him? The current Snohomish County Councilmembers better watch out.

Thank you for letting our city have this free space

Isn't it interesting that one of the candidates for a county council seat is telling the voters what a "hawk" he is when it comes to taxes; yet at the same time he gets paid to write for the Mill Creek View and the editor of The Mill Creek View makes the city pay for any of our city manager's news updates?

Why doesn't Ryan, the fiscal hawk?, step down from writing his paid and self serving articles and let our city (the Mill Creek taxpayers) save over $2,000 a year by getting our city manager his rightly due free press?

Thank you News of Mill Creek for giving our city manager a free way to keep us citizens of Mill Creek informed about our city doings!

Chuck Wright

City Manager Support

In the past several issues of the local tabloid, the Mill Creek View, I have read differing interpretations between the editorials and contributors of the publication and the City Manager’s articles about the Strategic Plan, a future City Hall, revenue options, and the like. I wanted some clarification for myself on these topics. I’ve read the Strategic Plan. I’ve met with the City Manager. I left our meeting knowing the City is now in very good hands with our new City Manager. I’d encourage anyone else who has questions about what they have read to visit him as well. If given a fair opportunity, Mr. Armstrong can lead our City forward. I believe in Ken Armstrong.

Larry Mayer

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