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Mayor Mike McGinn presents budget that supports public safety, human services, transportation and neighborhoods
SEATTLE - Mayor Mike McGinn's 2014 Proposed Budget, presented today to the Seattle City Council, prioritizes investments to enhance and expand public safety, human services and the city's transportation infrastructure, as well as to empower residents and strengthen the vitality of Seattle's diverse neighborhoods. The total proposed budget is $4.4 billion, including the city's $1 billion General Fund. The mayor's proposed budget also increases the city's Rainy Day Fund to $34.7 million and the Emergency Subfund to $48 million - the largest dollar values ever.
"Our 2014 budget outlook is the best it has been since 2009. Employment growth in Seattle far outpaces the rest of the state, and the U.S as well. Thanks to a slowly improving economy and solid financial management, we're investing in emerging needs in a way that has not been possible until now," said McGinn. "My 2014 budget focuses on key priorities, such as putting more police office on our streets, protecting children by improving road safety around our schools, supporting seniors and other vulnerable populations, strengthening the vitality of our diverse neighborhoods, and maintaining and expanding our transportation infrastructure while also boosting financial reserves to protect us from unexpected future challenges."
As the gradual recovery from the Great Recession continues, the mayor's 2014 Proposed Budget is the first since 2009 that does not include major programmatic reductions in the city's General Fund. Rather, the 2014 Proposed Budget makes a series of investments to address needs that have emerged since 2009.
The mayor's 2014 Proposed Budget:
The 2014 Proposed Budget eliminates six full-time equivalent (FTE) positions, and adds
The City budget contains complex financial information covering $4.4 billion in spending. To improve usability, accessibility and transparency of budget information, the mayor directed the City Budget Office (CBO) and Department of Information Technology to develop an interactive webpage displaying budget details. "Rather than going through the budget book, you can use this website to more quickly find the budget information you're interested in," McGinn said. CBO will use this same website to present individual department budgets to the City Council this year, eliminating the need for departments to create separate presentations. The website also makes it easy to follow along if you're not in Council chambers. Also new this year, detailed budget information is available to the public in several data tables accessible on data.seattle.gov.
The mayor's complete 2014 Proposed Budget and 2014-2019 Proposed Capital Improvement Program Budget will be available online this afternoon at www.seattle.gov/citybudget.
The City Council will spend October and most of November reviewing the mayor's 2014 Proposed Budget and capital improvement program (CIP). The budget and CIP must be adopted no later than Dec. 2 and the Council's calendar currently calls for adoption on Nov. 25. State law requires Seattle to adopt a balanced budget.
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