Lynnwood City-Manager Government Change Question (November 2011)

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A Lynnwood City-Manager Government Change Question was on the November 8, 2011 ballot in the city of Lynnwood which is in Snohomish County.

This measure was defeated

  • YES 3,174 (43.68%)
  • NO 4,092 (56.32%)Defeatedd[1]

This measure asked city residents if they wanted to change the form of government in the city from the current Mayoral system to a City-Manager system. Due to budget issues, the city decided to put this issue on the November ballot as it would be the cheapest way to hold the election. This issue was brought to the council's attention as several residents had tried to recall the current Mayor and when that was not possible sought to change the form of government.[2]

A group had formed in support of this measures, People For A Better Lynnwood, stating that they felt that the city needed a change and that if it were run by a professional manager it would create better efficiency and accountability in the city. They also noted that current and previous mayors do not have the skill set needed to properly run the city, with a manager chosen by an elected council they would have more skills that were needed. The group was trying to raise funds to support campaign measures.[3]

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