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Volume 5, Issue 34 • April 2012
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your priorities Seattes 2013 budget

It has been a while since my last newsletter; since the beginning of this year I have been getting up to speed on the ins and outs of my new Council committee, which includes oversight of financial and tax policies, ethics and elections matters, education, the City's retirement system and the City budget. It's a lot to learn! You can see a list of issues we've considered recently here.

I wanted to break my radio silence to invite you to one of Three Mondays in May, a Seattle City Council neighborhood listening and learning effort to prepare for the 2013 fall budget deliberations.

This is your chance to share your priorities for Seattle and burst the City Hall bubble. Participants will engage neighbors and Councilmembers in conversation centered on five thought-provoking questions about the future of our city. Public policy rarely gets more exciting than this! A flier to share with all of your friends and family is available here.

Let your voice be heard at one of the following dates and locations:

North Seattle
Monday, May 7, 2012, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
North Seattle Comm. College, 9600 College Way North
College Center, Room 1161

Central Seattle
Monday, May 14, 2012, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Seattle Central Community College, 1701 Broadway
Broadway Edison Building, Room BE1110

South Seattle
Monday, May 21, 2012, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
New Holly Gathering Hall, 7054 32nd Ave South

 

Three Mondays in May will feature the unique World Café format and are a chance to meet and engage your elected officials and neighbors in conversation, a place to learn about the basics of the City budget and choices faced by City policymakers and an opportunity to participate in the civic life of your home community.

These conversations are not a formal public hearing and do not require extensive knowledge of City politics, policy or history. The Council will hold public hearings on the 2013 City budget and Capital Improvement Program in the fall where members of the community will be invited to advocate for specific programs and services.

If you can't attend one of these sessions, discover other ways to let your voice be heard at City Hall.

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