This week in Council Chambers: July 19-23, 2021

With one month before the Council’s August recess,  the race to get a bunch of 2021 budget bills out the door begins.

Monday morning the Council holds its weekly Council Briefing. There are no special presentations or executive sessions currently scheduled for the meeting.

Monday afternoon at the weekly full City Council meeting, the following bills are up for final vote:

  • a bill delaying (for the second time) the implementation of a tax on heating oil;
  • a bill extending certain provisions of the Multifamily Housing Tax Exemption program due to COVID-19;
  • an ordinance creating a special fund for payroll tax revenues, to allow the Council to place restrictions on their uses;
  • an ordinance moving several Public Records Officer positions back into the civil service ranks to protect them from political interference;
  • an ordinance creating a new Office of Economic and Revenue Forecasts (which probably violates the City Charter — see this article).

This week’s Introduction and Referral Calendar includes the following new bills:

  • a land-swap with Seattle Public Schools in west Seattle;
  • an ordinance designating facial recognition technology as “surveillance technology” subject to the city’s surveillance technology review and approval process;
  • the 2021 second quarter grant acceptance and supplemental budget ordinances;
  • an ordinance lifting the proviso on $30 million for the Equitable Communities Initiative;
  • a set of three bills updating SPU’s rates for water, drainage, and wastewater services;
  • a long list of appointments to boards and commissions.

Tuesday morning the Finance and Housing Committee meets. On the agenda:

  • the bill lifting the proviso on $30 million of Equitable Communities Initiative funds;
  • recommendations from the Domestic Workers Standards Board;
  • The second quarter grant acceptance and supplemental budget ordinances;
  • an update on the second round of “Seattle Rescue Plan” 2021 grant funding appropriations;
  • several appointments to the Domestic Workers Standards Board.

Tuesday afternoon the Community Economic Development Committee meets. Its agenda includes:

  • an annual report from the Office of Arts and Culture on its public art program;
  • appointments to the Seattle Music Commission and the Seattle Women’s Commission.

Wednesday morning the Transportation and Utilities Committee meets. The agenda for the meeting has not yet been published, but it is likely to include:

  • the previously-mentioned updates to SPU’s rates;
  • appointments to Seattle City Light’s Review Panel and Seattle Public Utilities’ Strategic Plan Customer Review Panel.

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