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City Budget Process has Begun

2014BudgetDocIt’s time again for the budget season! Last month, Mayor McGinn presented his 2014 Proposed Budget to Seattle City Council. It focuses on support to public safety, human services, transportation, and neighborhoods. The next step is for Seattle City Council to review the Mayor’s Proposed Budget over the next two months.

There are several ways you can share your budget priorities. The Council will be hold a public hearing to receive comments on Thursday, October 24 in the Garfield High School Commons (400 23rd Ave). The sign-up for public comment opens at 5 p.m. and the hearing will start at 6 p.m. If you can’t attend, you can also tune in through the Seattle Channel. You can also send an email to or call as well.

The schedule for Council meetings is as follows:

  • October 8-10 – Department presentations: City departments present their proposed budgets
  • October 23-25 – Issue Identification: Council discusses proposed budgets and possible issues
  • November 1, 6-8 – Presentation and Discussion of Options: Council discussion of specific proposals
  • November 18-19 – Final Decisions and Votes
  • November 25 – Vote on Final Budget

More information about the budget process is available or you can view this helpful two-page handout. If you want to know how the Proposed Budget affects Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, Director Bernie Matsuno provides an overview.