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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:   
3/18/2009  2:58:00 PM
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Tom Van Bronkhorst, Godden Office, 206.684.8807 Dana Robinson Slote, (206) 615-0061

Councilmember Jean Godden

City Council Prepares for Deeper Budget Cuts This Spring
Public Hearing Set for Thursday March 26, at 5:30 p.m.

SEATTLE - The Seattle City Council will hold a public hearing on Thursday, March 26 at 5:30 p.m. in Council Chambers to hear from citizens their priorities for city government, including programs and services that they would like to see preserved.

Designing a city budget works best when there is thoughtful and constructive input from citizens, said Councilmember Jean Godden, chair of the Councils budget committee. Its going to take all of us to make the difficult choices and steer us in the right direction.

Since the budget was passed just over three months ago, the Citys sales tax and other revenues have significantly declined and continue to do so. This steep drop mirrors what is happening across the country. As a result, the City finds itself facing an estimated budget gap of more than $25 million dollars - and growing - for 2009.

Council meetings are cablecast live on Seattle Channel 21 and Webcast live on the City Councils website at www.seattle.gov/council. Copies of legislation, archives of previous meetings, and news releases are available on www.seattle.gov/council. Questions about Council news releases can be directed to Kimberly Reason, Council Communications, at 206-684-8159, or by e-mail at kimberly.reason@seattle.gov.

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