For the third year in a row the city council has passed nearly a quarter billion dollars in the budget to provide permanent shelter for homeless people. In the last budget (also about a quarter of billion dollars) approximately 1100 homeless accepted permanent housing. 17% of them left after weeks or a few months at a cost of $60,000 per relocation. Something is wrong with this solution.
• $355 million for the Seattle Police Department including funds to hire 125 officers in 2022, a more than $7 million decrease from last year and a $9.9 million reduction from Durkan’s proposed budget.
A $194 million investment in affordable housing, including $97 million funded by revenue from the council’s JumpStart payroll tax.
Authorization of up to $100 million in bonds to repair bridges around the city.