City Council Passes 2017-2018 Budget 11.21.16

The Seattle City Council passed a $5.6 billion city budget for 2017-2018 on November 21 in an 8-1 vote  - highlights below.  (Spreadsheet of Council amendments attached.  See page 5 for Department of Neighborhoods related items.)

  • City Council approved a 30-year, $29 million affordable housing bond, identifying transitional housing and seismic retrofitting to convert existing buildings into homes as possible uses for the funds;
  • $60 million to help the homeless - funds will be spent in a variety of ways, including a plan by Murray that would implement "rapid rehousing" placing homeless directly into rental housing rather than in transitional services;
  • $13 million to hire 72 new police officers over the next two years as part of the 2015-2019 plan to hire an additional 200 officers;
  • $2 million to restart a community-service officer program. Under the program discontinued in 2004, the city hired civilians to help the Police Department by mediating low-level disputes, making social-services referrals and patrolling neighborhoods;
  • Eliminating a special tax break for international investment firms — created in 2009 to woo Russell Investments — also helped the council pass a balanced budget.

More updates to follow.