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Former Mayor Dave Earling recalls last budget crunch

Series: Coronavirus | Story 118

Last updated 4/16/2020 at 11:02am

Brian Soergel

Dave Earling

There's no doubt that the coronavirus pandemic is now, or soon will be, taking a toll on municipal coffers, Edmonds' included. Its effects on the economy look to outpace the recession of 2008, which tanked mortgages and led to widespread unemployment.

The recession's effects were still being felt when Dave Earling became Edmonds mayor in late 2011, a seat he held for two terms through the end of last year.

"There's no particular agreement between the circumstances we had then and what the city finds itself in now," he said this week. As 2012 began, Earling had a budget inherited from former...

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