This morning, the City of Seattle held auctions for a handful of bond issuances. It did very, very well, and that matters.
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.
Monday, Council member Herbold will introduce a resolution affirming the city’s intention to pass an income tax ordinance by mid-July.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This afternoon the Council approved an ordinance lifting restrictions on money budgeted for rolling out body-worn cameras to all Seattle Police Department officers.
After many years of discussion and debate, this morning a Council committee started the next step to broad deployment of body-worn cameras on Seattle’s police officers.