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.