This week in Council Chambers: November 15-19, 2021

The big week for the 2022 budget is finally here.

Monday morning’s Council Briefing will include two executive sessions with city attorneys to discuss legal issues.

Monday afternoon’s full City Council meeting will include final votes on:

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

  • A pair of bills extending the emergency bill assistance programs for Seattle City Light and Seattle Public Utilities;
  • An ordinance exempting city-funded affordable housing projects from compensating the city for street or alley vacations;
  • An update to the City Council’s Rules and Procedures;
  • Several bills associated with the 2022 budget;
  • A resolution modifying the Mayor’s emergency order authorizing hiring bonuses for SPD officers and 911 dispatchers. This version, offered by Councilmember Herbold, allows the hiring bonuses to continue for both SPD officers and 911 dispatchers, but it caps the amount that may be spent at $500,000 and terminated the executive order on December 31, 2021 — the last day of Mayor Durkan’s term as Mayor;
  • A resolution expressing the Council’s intent to establish a right to portable paid time off for domestic workers in Seattle.

Thursday morning at 9:30am, the Budget Committee will hold its final public hearing on the proposed 2022 city budget.  Following the public hearing at 11am, the Budget Committee will take up the 2022 chair’s “balancing package” and last-minute amendments proposed by the Councilmembers. That session will continue into the afternoon and on Friday if necessary, though barring unforeseen circumstances the Council will try to finish it up on Thursday.

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