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The Reader – Mayor to propose 2014 budget Monday

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Mayor to propose 2014 budget Monday
Mayor McGinn will present his proposed budget, in his annual speech at 2:00 p.m. on September 23, 2013 in Seattle City Council Chambers. City Hall is located at 600 4th Avenue and Council Chambers are on the second floor. All are welcome to attend the speech or watch a web stream at Overflow seating and viewing space will also be available.

The full budget will be released on Monday, but see below for several previews of new investments for 2014.

Mayor announces funding to hire 15 additional police officers in 2014
At Atlantic Street Center, Mayor McGinn announced funding for 15 new police officers in the 2014 Proposed Budget.

“We have heard from neighborhoods across the city that their number one safety priority is to see more officers walking beats in their communities” said McGinn. “Our improving budget situation allows us the flexibility to meet that need. These new officers will be recruited in partnership with community groups to ensure that they reflect the diversity of Seattle, and provided extensive training in the new standards and procedures that we have developed through our 20/20 reform plan.”

The mayor also released the Seattle Police Department’s new Code of Ethics, part of the SPD: 20/20 plan, which all new recruits (along with existing officers) will be required to study and sign.

New investment in Gender Justice Initiative
Mayor McGinn announced a $1.5 million reserve to fund future recommendations made by the Gender Equity in Pay Taskforce and help equalize the City of Seattle’s gender pay deficit.

“Gender disparity in pay is a real issue for the City,” said Mayor McGinn. “That’s why we launched a Gender Equity in Pay Task Force. I thank the Task Force for their diligent work toward understanding the City’s gender pay issues, and for their recommendations so far. This reserve will allow us to do the right thing and help balance the existing inequities.”

Earlier this year, Mayor McGinn directed the City Personnel Department to conduct a review of the City’s salary structure and determine if a gender pay disparity existed among City of Seattle workers. This study revealed that men employed by the City of Seattle make approximately 9.5% more than women on average.

Increased support for Seattle senior centers
Last week, Mayor McGinn announced $210,000 in new funding to benefit nine City-funded senior centers in Seattle in his 2014 Proposed Budget, as well as $631,000 to backfill federal and state cuts to programs serving older adults in Seattle.

“It is essential that we backfill state and federal cuts to programs serving older adults in our community,” said Mayor McGinn. “These programs help people age in their homes by providing meal services, transportation and case management. Support services like these can help people live longer and healthier lives. And new funds for senior centers would provide increased outreach to at-risk seniors and programming to address the social and health needs of older people.”

The City of Seattle currently funds nine senior centers at $614,141 per year. The Proposed Budget would provide an increase of $20,000 for eight centers ($160,000 total).

Funding to support victims of domestic violence
Mayor McGinn announced new City investments to support domestic violence victims in Seattle as part of his 2014 Proposed Budget.

A total of nearly $438,000 in investments would fund support for critically needed housing for domestic violence survivors and their children ($200,000); development of a domestic violence response center that would provide multiple, coordinated services in one location ($125,000); and a manager position in the Human Services Department to lead the city’s efforts to prevent domestic violence and sexual assault ($113,000).

“Victims of domestic violence are among the most vulnerable members of our community,” said Mayor McGinn. “We are committed to helping break the cycle of violence through access to housing and coordinated services.”

Upcoming events (for more see
Sept 19, 6:00 p.m. – Seattle Parks and Recreation Parks Legacy Plan Citizens Advisory Committee Meeting, 100 Dexter Ave N

Sept 21, 9:00 a.m. – 23rd Avenue Action Plan Workshop & Resource Fair, Garfield Community Center (2323 E Cherry St)

Sept 22, 2:00 p.m. – Rainier Beach Community Center and Pool community celebration, 8825 Rainier Ave S

Sept 23, 2:00 p.m. – Mayor’s Budget Speech, City Council Chambers (600 4th Ave, 2nd Floor)

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Posted by: Nathaniel Merrill