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Seattle City Council is ready to tackle the 2012 budget

Councilmember Jean Godden

Seattle City Council is ready to tackle the 2012 budget

Seattle – Councilmember Jean Godden, Chair of the Finance and Budget Committee, today announced this year’s budget schedule and new improvements to the Council’s budget process, database and website.

"Over the past few years, the City has had to make difficult choices in order to balance the budget. Throughout this process, listening to residents and providing continual transparency and accessibility of the budget process have been top priorities for my colleagues and for me," said Godden. 

The Council’s budget website is online, complete with the process outline and calendar, glossary of terms and links to supporting documents, as they become available. 

All budget documents will be available on the updated Clerk’s Office budget database, which both the public and the Councilmembers can access online.  In previous years, all budget documents have been printed resulting in high printing costs.  This year the Councilmembers will follow along with department presentations via the internet. Online access increases transparency for the public and reduces costs associated with printing the materials.

Public input is vital to this process, by helping Councilmembers develop a budget that best reflects the needs of the City.  Mark your calendar now to participate in our budget public hearings on October 4 and October 26.  Both meetings will be held in Council Chambers in Seattle City Hall beginning at 5:30 p.m.  Click here for directions and parking information.

Feedback can also be submitted online, via our budget comment form

Tune in to the Seattle Channel on September 26 at 2 p.m. to watch the Mayor’s budget presentation and visit the Council’s budget website for more information.   

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