The City of Seattle and its over 10,000 employees build and maintain infrastructure, provide utility service, support the needs of the city's residents, and create recreational, cultural, and other enriching opportunities. In providing excellent service, these employees use and maintain dozens of city-owned properties, a fleet of vehicles ranging from fire trucks to golf carts, and equipment and facilities necessary to complete the City's mission.
Budgeting for a large organization with many functions is a crucial and complex process. It requires solid forecasts on commodities (such as the price of fuel), economic strength (as it impacts tax revenues, among other budgetary components), and demand for services (from parking meters to libraries to police officers to disc golf courses).
The State of Washington allows cities to adopt biennial budgets. In late 2012, the City Council and Mayor adopted a budget for 2013 and endorsed a budget for 2014. Budgeting biennially allows the City to assess and plan for the future-year impacts of budget decisions. The information provided in the 2014 Proposed Budget book reflected incremental changes from the 2014 Endorsed Budget, which the Council approved in November 2012, reflecting how the Mayor and City Council make budget decisions. The information provided in this 2014 Adopted Budget book reflects changes made to the Proposed Budget by the City Council. It is not a comprehensive overview of departmental base budgets.
The 2015-16 Proposed Budget presentation is now available. The budget presentation on this website aims to be an interactive way to click into data and information you're interested in. The traditional budget book is located on the City Budget Office website.