City Council 2016 Budget Schedule

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2016 proposed budgetSeattle Mayor Ed Murray today released his proposed 2016 budget and proposed 2016-21 Capital Improvement Program.

The City Council’s Budget Committee will begin its consideration of the budget on Thursday, October 1, with an overview provided by the City Budget Office.

Public input is vital to Council review and helps Councilmembers develop a budget that best reflects the needs of the City. The Council’s Budget Committee will hold two public hearings, on October 6 at October 20. Both hearings will take place at Seattle City Hall. The hearings will begin at 5:30 p.m.; sign-in begins at 4:30 p.m.

The hearing on October 6 will also include a hearing on Council Bill 118502, to re-organize the Department of Planning and Development into two separate departments: 1) the Office of Planning and Community Development, and 2) the Department of Construction and Inspections. This legislation is being considered as part of the 2016 budget.

The schedule for Council Budget Committee meetings is as follows:

October 1                            Overview of Mayor’s Proposed Budget

October 6-9                        Department Budget Overview (see tentative schedule)

October 19-22                   Issue Identification

October 29-Nov. 2           Presentation/Discussion of Options (Round 1)

November 13-16              Final Decisions and Votes (Round 2)

November 23                    Full Council adopts 2015 budget, endorses 2016 budget

You can view agendas for Budget Committee meetings here, or sign up to receive agendas by e-mail.

The Council’s budget website has additional information, including a glossary of budget terms and links to supporting documents, as they become available.

The public is welcome to attend meetings, and can watch live on the Seattle Channel at

Comments on the budget can also be submitted online to

All meetings will take place in the Council Chambers on the 2nd floor of City Hall, at 600 4th Avenue, between James and Cherry.