CITY BUDGET: One West Seattle amendment makes the semifinal cut, another doesn’t

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

What you might call the second-to-last version of the next city-budget plan is out this morning – the “balancing package” presented by the City Council’s budget chair, West Seattle-residing citywide Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda (video above). This incorporates both the recent projection of reduced city revenues and her decisions on amendments proposed by her colleagues; here’s her overview.

Last week we spotlighted two West Seattle-specific amendments sponsored by West Seattle/South Park Councilmember Lisa Herbold. Reviewing the newly released “balancing package,” we note that one made it through, one did not. The one that didn’t was the re-allocation of money for the Fauntleroy Boulevard project. The one that did is funding for keeping expanded Seattle Fire Department resources in the area beyond the end of the year; after the bridge closed in 2020, Ladder 13 was added at Station 37 in Sunrise Heights and Medic 26 was added at Station 26 in South Park, both doubling the number of those specific types of SFD resources available in this area. (A recent Herbold post/newsletter explained how that affects emergency-response times.) Searching the “balancing package” by keyword, we noted a few other West Seattle-specific items:

-The Seattle Public Utilities budget proposal includes $1+ million needed as part of the Fauntleroy Creek Culvert Replacement funding.

-SDOT is asked to “work in coordination with the City Archivist to identify the historic street names for those Seattle neighborhoods that were once separately incorporated municipalities, which were subsequently annexed to the City of Seattle. Those former municipalities include old Ballard, Georgetown, Leschi, West Seattle, and Bryant. The report should include a cost estimate, by formerly incorporated municipality, for replacing current street signs with street signs that include historic street names using the green and brown street sign design.” The proposal does not mandate that, but requests only that the council get a report by 2023.

There’s of course much of non-neighborhood-specific interest in the budget proposal too – while grazing it, for example, we notice that proposed cuts to the mayor’s proposals include reducing his requested funding to clean up more graffiti vandalism and a reduction in the amount of money proposed for play-area renovations (specific projects are not listed, so we don’t know whether this would affect the ones awaiting renovation in West Seattle).

WHAT’S NEXT/HOW TO COMMENT: This proposal is still subject to change, and the council is asking for feedback. You can see the full “balancing package” here. The council starts reviewing it at 1 pm today; you can watch via Seattle Channel. Tomorrow (Tuesday, November 15th) at 5 pm, you can comment online or in person at the council’s final public hearing on the budget – the agenda explains how. Before/after that, you can comment via email at council@seattle.gov. The final vote on this two-year plan is planned the week after Thanksgiving.

29 Replies to "CITY BUDGET: One West Seattle amendment makes the semifinal cut, another doesn't"

  • Jeff November 14, 2022 (1:03 pm)

    Why not tax Amazon and Starbucks etc. for all the density damage they’re doing to the city for free? There needs to be a renewed focus on corporate taxing long before leaf blowers and “safe streets” nonsense are prioritized. The mayor’s inhumane sweep efforts are a failure too.  Progressives wiped the floor on the election, so let’s get to work on actual progressive legislature please. The conservatives like Harrell and Davison are killing this city.

    • M November 14, 2022 (2:21 pm)

      Seattle has already implemented most of the progressive plan, just need to eliminate cash bail too!

      • Question Authority November 14, 2022 (5:23 pm)

        I know, cash is so outdated that we should institute high fee credit cards only as a criminal deterrent.  What’s next on the agenda, no laws?

    • WestSeattle November 14, 2022 (3:09 pm)

      Really? Conservatives are killing this city? Harrell is the 1st republican elected in Seattle in 30 years and he didn’t walk into an office full of flowers and pastures, he was handed a far left dumpster fire 

      • WSB November 14, 2022 (3:27 pm)

        The Seattle mayor position is officially nonpartisan. That aside, Bruce Harrell is considered to be a moderate Democrat, not a Republican.

      • The King November 14, 2022 (6:22 pm)

        Do you even know what you’re voting for when you fill out a ballot? 

      • Jeff November 15, 2022 (9:59 am)

        Harrell was on CC for 12+ years or something. So he created this mess that progressives have to clean! Durkan was NOT progressive. 

    • Pull Your Heads Out November 14, 2022 (3:11 pm)

      Yes, the last 20 years of absolute liberal and progressive domination at all levels from city to state governments have resulted in nothing but terrific outcomes!  Everything has never been better!  Let’s do lots more of whatever it is we’ve already been doing, which, by the way, hasn’t caused any of the massively systemic problems in our region, no sir.

      • Question Authority November 14, 2022 (5:31 pm)

        Word, chances are those rose colored glasses of old have been updated to obsidian lenses to equate this City and region to a utopia.

    • my two cents November 14, 2022 (3:37 pm)

      @Jeff. Tax policy is far more complex than you seemingly have proposed. Localized taxation policy can quickly discourage business location and/or expansion. Tax reform needs to occur at the the state level first and foremost if real substantive change is the desired outcome.

    • Al King November 14, 2022 (4:07 pm)

      Jeff. Amazon will listen when you, your friends,neighbors,co workers STOP buying EVERYTHING on Amazon and support their local businesses. The loss of sales will get them to the table. Same with Starbucks. Support your local coffee shop. Big corporations are laughing because they know your anger with them will disappear as soon as your next online order, made while sipping your Starbucks latte.

      • Scarlett November 14, 2022 (7:52 pm)

        Precisely.   Consumers have all the control in their hands if they choose to use it.   But when I mention that I never buy anything on Amazon, there is an awkward silence with friends and acquaintances.  Really, people, is it that challenging to put your money where your mouth is?   This behemoth is really neither in the spirit of conservatism nor progressivism.  If more people would not act purely out of self-interest,  we wouldn’t need as much government regulation.  

        • flimflam November 15, 2022 (7:09 am)

          Scarlet, me too…I have never purchased anything on Amazon. For all the hand wringing over them you’d think nobody in the city buys from them but it’s in fact the opposite. 

      • Jeff November 15, 2022 (10:01 am)

        I do not shop with either. Thanks.Still need to tax Amazon to oblivion for ruining this city. 

    • WSK November 15, 2022 (4:06 am)

      Jeff, what are you talking about (and I ask that respectfully)? Amazon and Starbucks both play significant taxes here in the form of property taxes, payroll taxes (including the JumpStart Seattle tax), etc. You may be thinking of the tax write off’s at the federal level which result in many corporations  tax rate effectively being zero however that does not apply to local, county, and state taxes (unless a specific provision in the state tax code exists, i.e. encouraging aircraft manufacturers, etc. but even then companies still pay local taxes). I agree with you completely regarding leaf blowers, etc. (matter of fact I just went out and purchased a gas one I don’t really need because I am not going to be told what I  “can’t” have).

  • Question Authority November 14, 2022 (2:01 pm)

    As part of budget cuts let’s start the financial review of all Homeless Service providers budgets and demand accountability, proof of success and start trimming the waste.

  • Rob November 14, 2022 (2:07 pm)

    So does this mean the Fauntleroy Boulevard project is off the table now?  I’m confused my the wording.  

    • WSB November 14, 2022 (3:22 pm)

      The budget’s not final till it’s final. But if the funding isn’t in this plan, it would have to come from somewhere else; we’ll follow up with SDOT once the budget’s final.

  • Gina November 14, 2022 (2:14 pm)

    I look forward to being on Vashon Avenue.

  • Andrea November 14, 2022 (4:16 pm)

    They need alot more money for Graffiti clean up. I hate the way this city is getting just trashed by graffiti “artists” . You can’t even read some of the highway signs , which is a matter of public safety. We’re not ” owned “by  gangs  here. Stop the destruction of property. Start arresting them, for petes sake. Its really gotten bad. 

    • WSB November 14, 2022 (4:59 pm)

      Data point – it’s vandalism no matter who does it – but most graffiti is NOT the work of gangs.

      • Reed November 14, 2022 (7:30 pm)

        Exactly. It’s bored no-talent affluent teenagers with non thing better to do.

  • Mj November 14, 2022 (5:44 pm)

    QA – Agreed!

  • Scarlett November 14, 2022 (6:02 pm)

    Yeah,  let’s tax Amazon, we deserve some of the plunder too!  But be careful, lets not kill the goose that lays the golden egg. There is no real desire to reel in Amazon, even from self-styled Marxist Sawant, herself a Prime account holder and one of the 1%.  It’s all political theatre.   As I’ve said before, after all the indignant high dudgeon, a fat bank account salves all political wounds. 

    • WSK November 15, 2022 (4:08 am)

      Scarlett, See my reply to Jeff. I am confused as to what you mean by tax Amazon?

      • Scarlett November 15, 2022 (6:25 pm)

        I was being sarcastic.  There are few voices on either side calling for anti-trust action against Amazon, or pressuring them for their dirty business practices, but they sure want a piece of the action.  

  • Peter November 14, 2022 (7:50 pm)

    The Fauntleroy boulevard project would have been done by now we’re it not for NIMBY obstructionism in the guise of coordinating with light rail construction. Thanks a lot, crybabies, you cost us a lot more money in the long term. 

  • Kyle November 14, 2022 (9:01 pm)

    They’re going to need to cut even more given the current budget projections. 

  • Mj November 14, 2022 (10:42 pm)

    Harrell proposes to spend $173,000,000 in the 2022 budget on homeless.  In 2018 the budget was $77,000,000 for the same issue.  The issue has continued to get worse!

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