Tag: 2011 budget

NEW DIRECTIONS IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

December 15th, 2010

The Council advanced five new policy approaches in the 2011 budget process as part of our continuing work on economic recovery.  In listening to the business community, we heard that there were several gaps in our approach.  The Council adopted directives to City Departments to:  Compile a list of all City-issued licenses and permits required […]

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BUDGET SIDELIGHT: HANGAR 30 AT MAGNUSON

December 2nd, 2010

A curious sidelight to this year’s budget deliberations was a sudden flurry of activity relating to Hangar 30 at Magnuson Park.  This has been a great venue for community events, but, like most of the buildings taken over from the Navy there, Building 30 needs substantial renovation in order to be available for long term […]

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COUNCIL COMMITTEE ADOPTS 2011 BUDGET

November 18th, 2010

On Friday, November 12, the Council, meeting as the Budget Committee, completed its work on adopting some 147 amendments to the Mayor’s proposed budget and accompanying legislation.  This package will now go to the Full Council for formal adoption on Monday, November 22. The budget approved by the Council responds to the challenge of the […]

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FUNDING WALKING, BIKING, AND TRANSIT — AND THE COMMERCIAL PARKING TAX

November 15th, 2010

The budget approved by the City Council in Committee on November 12 and scheduled for formal adoption on Monday, November 22, funds transportation choices at their highest level ever in 2011.  It continues our commitment to implementation of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plans, and does so without adopting the Mayor’s proposal to increase the […]

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BUDGET 2011: WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR (October 19)

October 19th, 2010

On Monday, September 27, Mayor McGinn delivered his proposed budget for 2011-2012 to the Council.  Details of the Mayor’s budget are usually not revealed in advance of the formal presentation, but this budget process was somewhat less transparent than past budgets have been.  Key policy proposals were not discussed with Councilmembers in advance, and outside […]

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It’s Time to Create Secure, Independent Funding for Libraries

April 30th, 2010

The City will need to cut up to $50 million (about 5%) out of the preliminary planned budgets for 2011 and 2012. I have chosen to take oversight of the library in my Regional Development and Sustainability Committee, and hope to find a new and independent source of funding for Seattle Public Libraries, one which will take library funding out of the competition for general fund revenues.

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