Mayor Durkan’s New Budget Plan for Seattle

From the Office of Seattle Mayor, Jenny Durkan

“Earlier today at Fire Station 10, Mayor Durkan presented her proposed 2019-2020 biennial budget – her first budget as mayor. Her budget plan reflects the values and priorities that she has focused on as mayor over the past nine months:

  • Focusing on the basics, like public safety, transportation, and water – the essentials that our communities, our neighborhoods, and our businesses rely on;
  • Addressing our crisis of affordability, housing, and homelessness;
  • Standing up for what’s right – for inclusion and equity and our most vulnerable neighbors; and,
  • Investing in building a city of the future – one that is more welcoming, innovative, and vibrant.

The 2019-2020 proposed budget is balanced, totaling $5.9 billion, and is a sustainable budget that reprioritizes City spending. The budget reflects $49 million in savings that Mayor Durkan identified during the budget process, including through vacancies and efficiencies at departments. The Mayor’s 2019 budget includes:

  • $2.6 billion for utility services like power, clean drinking water, garbage and recycling at Seattle City Light and Seattle Public Utilities;
  • $695 million for public safety, including 40 new police officers and 120 new fire recruits;
  • $609 million for transit and transportation investments; and,
  • $89.5 million for homelessness across all departments without raising new taxes.

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New “Small Business Advisory Council”

Mayor Durkan Signs Executive Order to Establish Small Business Advisory Council

Annette (owner of Kaffeeklatsch in Lake City) talks with Mayor Durkan at the signing

On November 30th, LCFF Executive Director along with LCFF Board Member and Kaffeeklatsch owner, Annette Heide-Jessen, joined new Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan as she singed legislation to create Seattle’s first Small Business Advisory Council (SBAC). The signing took place at Elliott Bay Book Company in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, Mayor Durkan said that the new Council would help to ensure that small businesses have a role in informing policies and programs as well as access to resources. The council will provide input on impact of City decisions, make policy recommendations, and help increase access to tools and resources available to small businesses.

LCFF looks forward to working with the new Mayor and staff to ensure that issues and needs of our Lake City small businesses are being addressed.