The City Council will hold a public hearing on the Mayor’s Proposed Budget on Notice of Seattle City Council Public Hearings on the Mayor’s 2014 Proposed Budget on Thursday, October 3, 2013, 5:30 p.m. at City Council Chambers, City Hall, Floor 2, 600 4th Avenue, Seattle WA.
Mayor Mike McGinn presented his Proposed 2013-2014 Budget to the City Council on September 24th. The budget preserves direct human services and adds funding for inflation increases for agencies, child care assistance, homeless families, domestic violence prevention, a pilot program to help young adults of color find career path jobs. For details about the budget and a link to the Mayor’s budget speech click here.
The City Council will hold two public hearings on the Proposed Budget, one on October 4th at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall, and one on October 25th, same time and location. The Council will review the Human Services Department’s budget on October 2nd beginning at 9:30 a.m.
The City Council’s Special Budget Committee heard an overview of the Human Services Department’s proposed budget from Council Central Staff at the morning session on Monday, Oct. 24th, 2011. Central Staff also highlighted issues of interest or concern. To see this video of the meeting click here.
Mayor Mike McGinn presented his 2011-2012 Proposed Budget to the community and City Council Sept. 27, and the good news is that the Mayor made every effort to preserve direct human services. Funding will be maintained at 2010 levels for most services that meet basic needs including homeless services, emergency food support, child care subsidies, and youth programs. This is the eighth straight year that funding for direct services to homeless people will be preserved.
However, because of a continued decline in revenue and the slow economic recovery, the Seattle Human Services Department (HSD) has had to make a 5 percent cut ($2.7 million) to its general fund budget in 2011. In order to preserve direct services as much as possible, the department looked at other ways of making reductions, including eliminating or reducing department administrative staff, and eliminating inflation adjustments to our agency contracts.
The City Council will now review the Mayor’s proposal, make adjustments, and vote of a final budget by the end of November. For more details on the Mayor’s Proposed Budget, visit the Mayor’s home page at http://www.cityofseattle.gov/mayor/