This afternoon, the City Budget Office delivered a mid-stream budget update to its revenue forecasts for 2018-2020. Little has changed in the last two months, and that’s bad news for the City Council as it deliberates on the budget for the next two years.
Continue reading Little good news in the city’s revenue forecast update today
In June of 2017 the City Council passed a sales tax on sweetened beverages, to take effect on January 1, 2018. Now, with some initial data in hand, the Mayor and City Council are deciding how to spend the tax revenues over the next two years. But things haven’t turned out the way the experts predicted, raising questions about whether the “soda tax” was such a good idea in the first place. It equally raises questions about the motives of the city officials charting the tax’s future.
Continue reading There’s plenty of bad faith actors in City Hall when it comes to the sweetened beverage tax
On October 3, the Mayor’s Office walked through for the City Council the parts of the proposed budget related to responding to the homelessness crisis, which span several departments. Let’s dive into the details.
Continue reading Understanding the Mayor’s Proposed 2019-2020 Budget: Homelessness Response
Last week I posted a review of the revenues side of the Mayor’s proposed budget. Here’s the flip side: how the money’s being spent.
Continue reading Understanding the Mayor’s Proposed Budget: Expenditures
We tend to focus all our attention on the spending side of the city budget, but the revenue side is equally important: you need to know how much money you have to spend before you can effectively plan to spend it. Let’s take a look at the city’s revenue sources, and the bottom line.
Continue reading Understanding the Mayor’s Proposed Budget: Revenues
As promised, Mayor Durkan delivered her proposed 2019-2020 budget to the City Council today. It’s going to take several days for me to go through all of the details, but here’s a high-level first take on it, with highlights and lowlights of what’s new.
Continue reading First take on Mayor Durkan’s proposed budget
For the next two months, the Council is going to put nearly all of their usual work aside to focus on writing the city government’s budget for the 2019-2020 biennium. Here’s what’s going to happen between now and November 19th.
Continue reading A preview of the budget process
In 2016, the City Council added money into the 2017-2018 city budget to revive the highly regarded Community Service Officer program, with a target roll-out in the second half of this year. But Mayor Durkan has delayed that plan, and suggested that her budget priorities may lie elsewhere.
Continue reading Community Service Officer program on hold, possibly on the chopping block
This morning, the Council put its finishing touches on the 2018 city budget, and this afternoon it became law.
Continue reading The budget’s done.
In order to dig themselves out of their budget hole (after failing to enact an employee-hours tax), the City Council raided the Mayor’s budget today. Their additional cuts today, on top of a couple that were already in their budget, lopped over $1 million from a budget originally proposed to by $6.4 million — about a 17% cut.
Continue reading Cutting the Mayor’s Office Budget