New page for following the 2022 Budget

If you’re following along with the 2022 budget process, here’s a web page you’ll want to bookmark: SCC Insight’s new “all things budget” page. There you will find the most recent documents and presentations, as well as links to news articles about the budget process as it unfolds. Also, in case you haven’t heard, SCC Insight has teamed up with Omari Salisbury at Converge Media to bring you even more in-depth information and discussion on the 2022 budget. Check out the six “Budget School” episodes teaching you about how the budget works, as well as the most recent episode on …

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Understanding the Mayor’s Proposed 2022 Budget, Part II: The Payroll Tax

This is the second in a series of articles drilling into the details of Mayor Durkan’s proposed 2022 budget. The first installment, looking at city revenues, is here. This installment dives into the Mayor’s proposal for how to spend the forecast $235 million in payroll tax revenues next year, which has already raised some eyebrows among the City Councilmembers.

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Understanding the Mayor’s Proposed 2022 Budget, Part I: Revenues

Last week Mayor Durkan transmitted to the City Council her proposed budget for 2022. The Council immediately began its deliberations on the merits and drawbacks of the proposal, and things they might want to change — a process that ends the Monday before Thanksgiving when the Council votes to formally adopt a 2022 budget. This is the first part in a series of articles on the Mayor’s proposed budget. This installment focuses on the revenue side.

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Council updates SPD budget, says “yes” to several of police department’s proposals

Today the City Council’s finance committee finally got down to voting on a proposal from the Seattle Police Department on how to spend $15 million of salary savings accumulating due to the high officer attrition over the past year. And in the end it gave the department much, but not all, of what it wanted while also funding a few of the items on its own community safety wish-list.

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