THE VIEW FROM DENNY
News and Views from the Superintendent
No. 40. August 15, 2003
J. Nickels, Mayor
Kenneth R Bounds, Superintendent
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Superintendent Ken Bounds
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I wanted to inform you of some important budget news before it hits
the papers tomorrow morning.
Mayor Nickels made public today (Friday, Aug. 15) a new revenue
forecast showing a growing gap between expenses and projected
revenues. The continuing recession in the Northwest will force
us to make reductions throughout City government. As first steps,
the Mayor has ordered:
- an immediate hiring freeze by all City departments;
- a restriction on travel by City employees; and
- immediate steps by all departments to spend less than their
budgets for this year.
I share the Mayors goal of making sure the City lives within
its means. Over the next few weeks, I will be working closely
with the Mayor and his staff and Parks staff to find additional
reductions in our departments spending.
While we are not sure of the extent of the reductions, I will
do my very best to minimize service cuts and look for efficiencies
in our management and operations.
Ive attached a copy of the Mayors
press release and economic forecasting information (charts
on declining revenue*
and how the revenue forecast
I received today. Details of the revenue problem are available
at the Mayors web site at www.seattle.gov/mayor
I will keep you informed as decisions are made.
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