This morning’s news is full of reports on the upcoming election and on the bazillion of cities that submitted bids for Amazon’s HQ2. Nevertheless, there is a bit of local Council news in the mix…
After watching three days of budget discussions, I have a list of things that made me happy as well as things that made me very angry. Submitted for your (dis)approval, my 2018 Budget Rants and Raves.
(admittedly, it’s mostly rants)
There is plenty of fodder in here for every individual to agree with me on some points and disagree on others. No one who reads this should expect to come away satisfied. Just sayin’.
Today’s the day that cities’ bids for the new Amazon HQ2 campus are due. Just in case you were waiting to submit at the last minute…
Last Friday through yesterday, the Council held marathon Budget Committee meetings to walk through the Mayor’s proposed budget, discuss issues, and propose changes. Here’s what’s on the table.
With everyone’s attention turning to the upcoming election, and the Council holding marathon budget meetings, the news is pretty thin today.
Lots of budget discussion; plus Amazon HQ2 and a Convention Center deal.
Plenty of commentary to start the week.
The Council has a singular focus this week: the budget.
Today the Department of Justice and the Community Police Commission both submitted briefs to Judge Robart urging him to find the Seattle Police Department in “full and effective compliance” with the consent decree.
The biggest piece of bad news in the proposed budget package that Mayor Burgess delivered to the City Council was a big deficit in a line-item that almost no one has heard of: the Judgment and Claims Subfund. Subsequently, it became a point of debate between the two candidates for City Attorney, incumbent Pete Holmes and insurgent Scott Lindsay, with accusations that Holmes has been mismanaging his budget for outside counsel.
Let’s dig in to the Judgment and Claims Fund, look at what it is (and isn’t), and understand why it’s so far over budget this year.