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City Council Budget Review Announced

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Mayor Ed Murray released his proposed 2015-6 budget today.

I look forward to examining the Mayor’s proposed budget, keeping in mind the highest priorities the Council expressed in a letter to the Mayor in early August: human services, public safety and transportation. Those priorities were informed by a series of community meetings I hosted earlier this year.

Public input is vital to Council review and helps Councilmembers develop a budget that best reflects the needs of the City. The Council will hold two public hearings, on October 7 at Garfield Community Center, and October 23 at Seattle City Hall. Both begin at 5:30 p.m. The notice for the October 7 hearing is here.

The schedule for Council consideration of the Mayor’s Proposed Budget is as follows:

October 2                 Overview of Mayor’s Proposed Budget

October 7-10:          Department budget overview

October 20-24          Issue Identification

October 30-Nov. 6   Presentation/Discussion of Options (Round 1)

November 12-14      Final Decisions and Votes (Round 2)

November 24           Full Council adopts 2015 budget, endorses 2016 budget

The Council’s budget website has additional information, including a glossary of budget terms and links to supporting documents, as they become available. All budget documents will also be publically accessible on the updated City Clerk’s online budget database.

Here’s a video I recorded that explains the Council’s budget process and timeline.

The public is welcome to attend meetings, and can watch live on the Seattle Channel at http://www.seattle.gov/councillive.Comments on the budget can also be submitted online to nick.licata@seattle.gov.

Budget Public Hearings

Tuesday, October 7

5:30 p.m.

Garfield Community Center

2323 E Cherry St.

Seattle, WA 98122

Thursday, October 23

5:30 p.m.

City Council Chambers

600 4th Avenue, 2nd floor

Seattle, WA 98104

 

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