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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