LETTER: ‘I am committed to bringing about positive change in Burien…’
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Dear Council Members,
I am forwarding you my letter to Jim Griggs of the Washington State Auditors Office (download PDF here). This document has a variety of attachments and assertions that pertain to the questions surrounding the house located at 11416 26th Ave. S. The letter was written prior to the latest information found in last night’s Council Packet.
I apologize for not including the file Hoeun Tun Order Approving Amended Plan. When you open this PDF file (download it here) you will note that it bears Judge Samuel J. Steiner’s signature ordering this plan into effect on March 25, 2010. I have also included the Chapter 13 Amended plan. The pivotal passage can be found on Page 3 Section V called Secured Property Surrendered.
I believe the City Manager is correct in the assertion that the Council will have to beef up the Code Compliance Department to proactively deal with these enforcement issues that the City is facing. I believe RCW 35A.33.140 (Quarterly Report of Status) will facilitate the City being able to determine the exact cost vs price for this endeavor. Additionally, it will answer definitively what Burien’s actual losses due to these houses are versus the FDIC report indicating $34,000 per house for abandoned bank repos.
Additionally. I believe the implementation of Quarterly Report of Status will fundamentally change the structure of the way Burien conducts business. Specifically:
- Council and the public will be fully informed at each quarterly report.
- Information will be easy to understand. Please see Mercer Island’s Quarterly Report of Status. Page 3 is a good place to start: http://www.mercergov.org/files/AB4788.pdf.
- Budgeting can become an ongoing endeavor instead of an every two year ordeal.
- Projects you wish to undertake will have a higher level of success due to having all the facts before committing City funds.
Over the next six months I will be speaking to the Council on a variety of issues that confront both the City and residents. I am committed to bringing about positive change in Burien.
I believe the $200 million dollars Burien is losing in homeowners net worth annually above and beyond our surrounding municipalities is a staggering problem that effects almost every aspect of our lives. It not only shows up in our neighborhoods that are in decline, but also decimates the business community as well as crippling the City’s finances.
My presentations from this point forward will show what is going on as well as a solution that is within the current capability of Burien to actually implement. While at times you may be agitated with my presentations, I would invite direct dialogue on these issues so that both sides can see each others perspective and fix the problem.
Fixing this problem will not only eliminate the $200 million dollar problem the residents are experiencing, but will actually add over 1 billion dollars to our net worth. For every 50 houses that are cleaned up the City will generate $1.7 million dollars in new revenue each year.
I believe the Council has done an extraordinary job with the BMC. It is crisp and to the point and the descriptors such as will, shall and must eliminate the ambiguity I see in many of the documents that cross my desk. What I am committed to seeing is the full implementation of the BMC and the City flourishing.
The choice before us is a $200 million dollar problem or a 1 billion dollar solution. I choose solution. What is your choice?
– Dick West
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