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The City deposits basic taxes and fees it collects into the General Fund. These funds are the City’s most flexible revenues and can be spent in support of any general government purpose. The General Fund is the primary source of funding for functions such as police, fire, courts, parks and libraries.  Revenues from state and federal sources supplement these resources, and such outside funding is particularly important for departments such as human services and transportation. With regard to uses, note that police, fire and public safety (including courts) use more than 50 percent of the General Fund’s total resources.  Parks and Libraries are another significant share of the total expenditure "pie."

The City budget is reviewed every year to evaluate the distribution of the General Fund. This money is distributed throughout all departments within the City of Seattle. Each year the amount of money each department receives can change based on the amount of money in the General Fund. Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) received approximately $43,472,000 in 2007 and $48,946,000 in 2008 from the General Fund and is expected to receive $41,760,000 in 2009. Transportation receives about 5% of the General Fund.

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