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2017 BUDGET UPDATE – Budget Chair Burgess’ initial balancing package did not include $6,947 for District Council operating support, nor did it include Councilmember Herbold’s proposed amendment to the Mayor’s Community Involvement Commission to provide a formal role for District Councils in reviewing city grant proposals.
WHAT TO DO: Secure 2 additional Co-Sponsors to move CM Herbold’s proposals (above) forward BY 5 PM TOMORROW, NOV 4TH. This will allow them to be presented in the Budget Committee November 9/10.
REMIND CITY COUNCIL: Much of the city’s future public policy agenda requires deliberate and thoughtful public engagement at a neighborhood level, (Move Seattle Transportation Levy; HALA, Seattle Parks District; Seattle 2035 - Comp Plan Implementation; Sound Transit 3 if passed, current Neighborhood Matching and Neighborhood Park/Street Funds). In order for these initiatives to succeed, a very localized geographic based outreach to neighborhoods will be required.
FUNDING: - Council will soon be voting on the 3rd quarter supplemental budget, which includes $30,000 (copied below) for District Councils and other community and neighborhood-based organizations. Funding for a wide variety of groups is included in this separate ordinance which has not yet been presented publicly.
3Q BUDGET: 2.10 - Neighborhood District Council Technical Assistance (Department of Neighborhoods, General Fund (00100)) - This item adds $30,000 of appropriation authority to the Community Building BCL in the Department of Neighborhoods (DON). These resources will be used to provide technical assistance for community groups, District Council organizations and other community and neighborhood-based organizations. DON will work with organizations to provide assistance with sustainability and organizational development including, but not limited to, training, facilitation, outreach, recruitment, and communications.
NOVEMBER 20 – Mark your calendars for the upcoming District Council Workshop hosted by the North End District Councils – Overview Here // More info forthcoming