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posted Friday, October 9, 2015 - Volume 43 Issue 41
The Mayor's budget: What's in it for you?
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The Mayor's budget: What's in it for you?

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced his new budget recommendations in a September 28 speech to the City Council. Running to 761 pages, the budget asks for $5.1 billion in funding.

Council member Kshama Sawant has already denounced the Mayor's plan as 'mostly another business-as-usual budget' and said she will hold her own 'people's budget' meeting on October 27 at City Hall. Sawant held a similar meeting last year, and ended up offering a number of amendments to Murray's budget.

The highlights of the Mayor's budget include a number of items addressing the key social concerns of Seattle residents - housing prices, income inequality, and crime.

Murray wants to create three new City positions to deal with recommendations coming from his Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) task force. One of the new staffers will focus on lobbying state legislators, because some HALA recommendations depend on changes in state law.

Thirty-six new City staffers will be hired to make sure new construction projects deal successfully with car, bike, and pedestrian traffic. The money to hire them will come from increasing the fees on projects that block street or sidewalk traffic.

Murray also asked for a $1.5 million increase in the amount budgeted for homeless services. The extra money will fund expanded hours at nighttime shelters, and a new 100-bed shelter in Lower Queen Anne.

In addition, $1.5 million will go to community health clinics, and $240,000 to services at three new tent city encampments on public land. The City Council set aside funds for tent cities on private land in last year's budget. The Mayor budgeted for two new staffers at the Office of Labor Standards (OLS), the agency charged with enforcing the City's Minimum Wage, Wage Theft, Paid Sick and Safe Time, and Job Assistance Ordinances.

An additional $200,000 for OLS will fund outreach and education, so that employees know what they are entitled to, and employers also know what they are expected to give their employees.

Murray is adding $650,000 in new funding for the Youth Empowerment Initiative, a program that connects young workers to jobs with private business and non-profit employers.

On the other hand, the Mayor did not ask for any increase in funding for Career Bridge, a similar program for men of color. Career Bridge is currently budgeted for $400,000. Urban League CEO and City Council candidate Pamela Banks had called on Murray to double funding for that program.

Murray wants money for SPD to hire 30 new officers in 2016, a down-payment on his goal of putting 100 new officers on the street. The Mayor also wants to hire 35 more firefighters.

According to Murray's budget, SPD will put body cameras on every officer, at a cost of $1.8 million in City funds, with the federal government kicking in another $600,000.

Murray wants the City to contribute $5 million to help expand Pronto Bike Share to new parts of town, and add electric bikes to the mix. The City's money will act as matching funds to attract a $10 million federal grant.

Murray also included new money for local cultural institutions. The Nordic Heritage Museum, Town Hall, and the Burke Museum will each get $500,000, and the Seattle Opera will get $200,000.

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