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November 5, 5:43 PM click here to comment > 8

McGinn: Here’s what I’ll have to cut without my proposed CPT increase

Here’s the list of projects that would be impacted if my proposed 5 percent to the Commercial Parking Tax (CPT) is not approved. I shared with the City Council earlier this week.

The Council has questioned my budgetary priorities. When I developed my proposed budget, I was faced with a baseline budget that made it hard to cover the basics, much less add any extras. So I looked for new sources of revenue to pay for this mix of basic infrastructure, and biking and walking investments. I worked closely with the Seattle Department of Transportation to set these priorities. Without this increase, these will have to be cut.

Posted by: Mayor Mike McGinn


Comment from Judy Waleryszak
Time November 6, 2010 at 9:21 am

Mayor McGinn:
We are in a time of crisis; however, don’t say projects will be CUT but rather adopt a mindset of DELAYing projects that are not a basic need by ALL people of the city. Delaying the pedestrian and bike projects will not kill the city but the tax on parking (raised parking fees) will kill business and pleasure in downtown Seattle the heart of your city. Because you have to wait for something does not kill it and the end result will be much better.

Comment from Mike
Time November 6, 2010 at 12:45 pm

You want to save money and have more fire fighters on the street? Get rid of the 24 hour shifts they work, our police officers work 8 hour shifts, why not our fire fighters? How much money could be saved if we didn’t have to build a fire station with sleeping quarters?

The Seattle Fire Dept has 208 fire fighters on duty every day. They work in 4 shifts which require 832 fire fighters to staff:

33 fire engines staffed with 4
12 ladder trucks staffed with 4
4 aid cars staffed with 2
7 medic units staffed with 2
1 air truck staffed with 1
6 chiefs staffed with 1
1 staff car staffed with 1
1 medical service officer staffed with 1

If Seattle went back to the pre 24 hour shift to the 3 shift system working 10 hour days and 14 hour nights using the same number of fire fighters they have now could add up to 52 more 4 person units on the street every day. Or you could staff every engine & ladder with 5 ff’s so if someone calls in sick or is on vacation you wouldn’t have to pay someone to cover overtime and still add 32 more 5 person units on the street every day.

Comment from Mike
Time November 6, 2010 at 1:06 pm

Also, why are we giving our fire fighters extra pay for being an EMT which happens to be 75% of the job they were hired to do.

Comment from John
Time November 7, 2010 at 10:01 pm

Street repair is a priority. It is something that is paid from the general fund. It is also supplemented by the money paid by citizens from the levy to fix roads.

Maintaining existing mobility levels is paramount to move goods, services, and people around town. We should maintain this above other transportation priorities, like Walk Bike Ride, Bike Lane Restriping, Road Diets, and any other initiative that panders to the minority.

Comment from John
Time November 7, 2010 at 10:02 pm

We can maintain streets without increasing the Commercial Parking Tax.

Smaller government, only the essentials like street maintenance.

Comment from JB
Time November 8, 2010 at 8:28 am

Just wondering why you are being so belligerent to everyone that the city needs to work with in order to address citizen needs.

You are putting your own personal agenda (as you have from Day 1) front and center at the expense of the citizens of this city. You should be ashamed of yourself. Clearly you care about Mike McGinn and not the people who pay taxes.

Comment from Danny L LaTurner
Time November 9, 2010 at 2:16 pm

The first cut you should make is what’s being done to the streets just for the bicyclists. I feel how they are helping to cleanup the air. I also believe in good times their lanes should be improved. I just think their needs pale when compared to giving our kids good reliable education.

Second cut should be to the tunnel replacing the viaduct. I believe the viaduct should come down immediately. While we are waiting for better times to replace the viaduct lets let people go in and use the land for pea patches.

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