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The Reader – Budget Speech and Upcoming Town Hall

THE READER
From the Office of Mayor Mike McGinn
News, Updates, and Information

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2011


2012 Budget Proposal
On Monday, September 26th Mayor McGinn will transmit his proposed 2012 budget to the City Council. Like last year, he’ll give a speech to the community first before going to Council Chambers to deliver a second speech. Both are public events and you are encouraged to attend. Since space will be limited, RSVP at http://seattle.gov/mayor/budget if you’ll be able to attend in person. Overflow seating will be available.

Community speech at 11:00 a.m.
Seattle Central Community College (1701 Broadway)
5th Floor – Business, Information Technologies, & Creative Arts Division
Rooms 5156 – 5158
http://seattle.gov/mayorlive

Presentation to Council at 2:00 p.m.
City Council Chambers, City Hall
600 4th Avenue
http://seattle.gov/councillive

In advance of Monday’s speeches, we've rolled out two aspects of the budget proposal. Last week, Mayor McGinn announced a proposal to combine the Office of Economic Development and Office of Housing and yesterday he outlined some of the ways we’ll be investing in the maintenance, preservation and improvement of City-owned facilities.


Town Hall Tuesday
Join Mayor McGinn, City staff and community groups at our next town hall on Tuesday at South Seattle Community College’s Georgetown campus (6737 Corson Ave S, meeting room #C110/111).

The event starts at 5:30 p.m. with community groups and City departments hosting information tables. The group T’ilibshudub (“Singing Feet”) will perform at 6:30 p.m. and then Mayor McGinn will be answer questions until 8:00 p.m.


Asset Preservation
Yesterday, Mayor McGinn announced a plan for new investments in the City's infrastructure, including bridges, roads, City facilities and parks. These types of investments have suffered in recent years as a result of the Great Recession and weak Real Estate Excise Tax revenue collections. In a time of constrained revenue, we need to make extra effort to invest in existing community infrastructure and assets.

The projects include $5.5 million in bond funding to bring Building 30 at Magnuson Park up to code, $1.9 million for new roofs at six senior centers and community service facilities, and using $9.8 million in savings from the 2008 Parks Levy for 17 maintenance projects at community centers and parks.


Planning for Seattle’s transit future
The Transit Master Plan shows us how and where we need faster, more reliable transit in our city. What we found was that in the near future, 5 of the 15 corridors studied in the plan will have more riders than we can carry on conventional buses. These corridors include Ballard to Fremont to Downtown, the University District to Downtown via Eastlake, Madison from Capitol Hill to Downtown, Queen Anne to Downtown and Westlake to Pioneer Square. We have a responsibility to start connecting our neighborhoods.

As one example, the Transit Master Plan suggests that rail from Ballard to downtown can carry up to 26,000 riders – 12,500 of which would be new transit riders. We have to find a way to meet this demand. If we don’t, we won’t be able to compete with other cities across the country and around the world that are building transit.

To meet these needs, we must begin planning now. That’s why Mayor McGinn's 2012 budget includes $1.5 million to conduct that planning work. This money comes from the sale of the Rubble Yard property to the state. We received $19.8 million for that property, and while the bulk of it is going to maintain our roads, it’s also a good idea to use some of it to start planning for faster, more reliable transit to handle our growing needs. The $1.5 million will be used to further develop the top priority high capacity transit corridors identified in the Transit Master Plan. As our work to complete the Plan continues over the next weeks and months, that analysis will further clarify where those funds should be used to enhance transit in Seattle.

For more details, please see Mayor McGinn's blog post.


Upcoming Events (for more see http://seattle.gov/Engage/access.htm):
Sept 23: 2:30 p.m. – Mayor McGinn to sign Paid Sick Days Ordinance, Plum Bistro (1429 12th Ave)

Sept 26: 1 p.m. – 2011 Families & Education Levy Workshop – Middle/High School College/Career (2100 24th Ave S)

Sept 27: 5:30 p.m. – Mayor's Town Hall, South Seattle Community College’s Georgetown campus (6737 Corson Ave S, meeting room #C110/111)

Sept 28: 6 p.m. – Judkins Park Skatespot Public Meeting, Douglass-Truth Branch Library (2300 E Yesler Way)


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Posted by: Nathaniel Merrill

Comments

Comment from Sam
Time September 23, 2011 at 5:33 am

This will be interesting to see the outcome and where the future is headed.

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Comment from Sam Burns
Time September 23, 2011 at 9:30 am

I am interested in seeing the transit future