Transportation

License Cyclists

License cyclists. Vehicle drivers and motorcyclists pay licensing fees which help pay for roads and similar infrastructure; however cyclists pay no sort of licensing fees to use the roads. The roads have recently been renovated and a lot of tax payer money has gone into the transition of making Seattle more conducive to cyclists. A licensing fee for cyclists would surely boost the city budget and provide the funding for... more »

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15 votes
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Arts and culture

Inside/Outside Bonding

By cutting approximately $76,000 from the Cultural Facilities Budget Control Level (which is a part of the Seattle Center budget), we can have a push to better connect events that are hosted outside with the Center House, which would give the Center House more revenue, therefore making up a portion, if not all, of this budget cut. It is important that we create the sense that all of the Seattle Center is connected, and... more »

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Parks

Campus Grounds

By cutting money from the Campus Grounds section from the Seattle Center Budget, we could save money while maintaining the open air meeting spaces that make Seattle center a cultural hub of Downtown Seattle. We could cut the money from reducing the frequency in which we work from things like landscaping and to cutting the grass. We would save money by switching the people who work maintenance to part time if they are... more »

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4 votes
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Economic development

Cut from future acquisition programs

Decrease budgets for future acquisitions, so we can maintain current program delivery. We cannot afford to start up an array of programs; we should be focusing on the programs affecting us today. For example, cut the Golf Capital Reserve budget and the Planning, Acquisition & Development program (both in the Parks & Rec Department).

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Public safety

Lower the starting salary of firefighters.

Currently, the starting salary for Seattle firefighters is $59,196 per year (www.seattle.gov/fire/). The nation's average salary for firefighters is $41,060 (www1.salary.com/Fire-Fighter-salary.html). The city of Seattle should lower the initial starting salary, though not by much, until our economy is again stable.

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Effective government

DON

I suggest that you look at the Dept. of Neighborhoods budget carefully and see that they propose to cut service to the puiblic while keeping in place three (!) directors/deputy directors. Three may not sound like too many until you realize that the departmwent will have less than 75-80 employees. Both the Deputy Director and Director of Planning and Community positions were created within the last couple of years. Also,... more »

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6 votes
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Parks

Cut Aquisition

Cut from the aquisition part of the parks and rec budget. If we dont have money to clean the parks, how can we justify spending money on aquiring new ones?

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3 votes
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Arts and culture

Focus on Key Arena and McCaw Hall in the Seattle Center Budget!

Besides parking, Key Arena and McCaw Hall are the top sources of revenue in the Seattle Center Budget. Focus on maintaining the programs that both venues provide in order to continue to gain the same amount of revenue or possibly increase the revenue. That way, our city can better financially support the smaller, less expensive programs, such as Teen Tix or Winterfest, that provide less expensive, generally free entertainment... more »

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Community centers

Keep ALL Community Centers Open

Please do not cut staff from the community centers that provide vital services to our city. What other department interfaces more with the public to connect city government to everyday citizens' voices and needs? Even if it is more furlough days, even if it is pay freezes, even if it is cutting other benefits, keep the staff and resources of these centers available. A city that wants to pride itself on civic engagement... more »

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5 votes
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Parks

Save Money Long Term

I suggest that when cuts are being made to the Parks Department that the Mayor makes a serious effort to not cut from Recreational Facilities and Programs along with Facility and Strucure Maintenance. I believe that these areas of the budget are important and will end up saving Seattle more money in the long run because more maintenance means that as a city we will be able to use our old facilities for a longer time and... more »

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3 votes
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Economic development

Restore Landmarks Board position and support property owners

The proposed budget cuts one of two Landmark Preservation Board Coordinators. Loss of this position significantly delays legally required landmark nominations and design reviews. This hurts property owners' ability to make investments that create jobs and support small businesses. Please restore this position and help Seattle weather this economic storm.

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