UPDATED: see below
This afternoon the City Council plans to decide whether to divert $2.3 million of surplus funds from the Families and Education Levy to cover Seattle Public Schools’ busing costs for switching from a 3-tier to a 2-tier schedule. And the debate is getting ugly.
Continue reading Showdown this afternoon on funding school switch to 2-tier schedule (UPDATED)
There was one big item on Monday afternoon’s Full Council agenda: the soda tax. But before the Council could get to it, it took a ten-minute digression into a tense debate on whether to throw some money at the Seattle Public School District to help it dig out of some of its problems.
Continue reading School schedules and crossing guards send the Council off on a tangent
This morning, the City of Seattle held auctions for a handful of bond issuances. It did very, very well, and that matters.
Continue reading Seattle’s credit rating pays off again
Wednesday morning, the Council took up its quarterly update to the city’s budget. Normally these discussions are an excellent cure for insomnia, and the first quarter update especially so since it involves retroactive cleanup of last year’s budget, rolling over small amounts of leftover funds from the pervious year’s budget, accepting grants, and correcting all the mistakes and oversights in last fall’s eight-week-long annual budget development marathon as well as any new projects that need to be funded (like $46,000 to reopen five wading pools at city parks this summer). But a bit of grandstanding by Council member Sawant brought some drama to the deliberations this time.
Continue reading Some days budget discussions aren’t so boring
Monday, Council member Herbold will introduce a resolution affirming the city’s intention to pass an income tax ordinance by mid-July.
Continue reading Resolution on local income tax coming on Monday
This morning the City Council got a briefing from the City Budget Office on the national and regional economic outlook, and what it means for the city budget. As predicted last year, things are beginning to cool off.
Continue reading Budget and economic forecast: tapping on the brakes
Wednesday afternoon in his Education, Equity and Governance Committee, Council President Bruce Harrell pushed the Seattle IT department to go farther and faster in investigating public Wi-Fi as an alternative to municipal broadband in key areas of the city.
Continue reading Harrell pushing for expanding public Wi-Fi in Seattle
This morning, the Council took up their quarterly update to the city government budget. In the package of proposed changes was a gem of a proposal aimed squarely at giving more protection to domestic violence survivors.
Continue reading Protecting domestic violence survivors from gun violence
This morning the City Auditor’s office presented its report on the NCIS billing system that Seattle City Light and Seattle Public Utilities launched last September after running $34 million over budget and well over schedule.
Continue reading The City of Seattle sucks at IT development projects
This morning the Council held a brief discussion, led by the Office of Intergovernmental Relations, on what the Trump administration’s “skinny budget” proposal means for Seattle.
Continue reading Council discusses local effects of Trump’s budget proposal