Arts and culture

New phrase for your desktop: "It's the arts, stupid!"

You cannot make a city an attractive place to draw a tax base by cutting services. You have to increase revenues. That said, if cutting must take place, do not fall into the trap of trimming a little off of everything so that nothing is sustainable. One of the most important, cost-effective, employment-drawing, revenue-increasing, pollutant-free industries this city has is its arts industry. Irrespective of the... more »

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Human services

Eliminate the Ride Free Bus Zone Downtown.

This is not a benefit for tourists or business in downtown Seattle. This causes overcrowded buses with people getting on and off riding only one stop. It makes the buses less safe with people that want to cause trouble and not pay.

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Parks

Sustainable Parks and More Trees

Lets make our parks lower maintenance and more sustainable. Tons of grass that always needs to be mowed is expensive to maintain and is not needed. We need more natural areas with trees and ferns that require less maintenance.

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Transportation

Park & Ride

I suggest you expand the park and ride program by dramatically raising street parking rates and taxes on parking lots.

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Effective government

Furloughs for managers

All the cities second level managers and higher could take a one week furlough every 6 months. Since they are managers, the would be expected to still work 3 of the 5 days. Unpaid. The Mayor and his staff would work all 5 days to set good example. Once again, unpaid.

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Economic development

$25 Head Tax

I suggest you implement a $25 "head tax" on local employees who commute alone by car. Employees who commute by bus, light rail, commuter rail, streetcar, water taxi, bicycle, walking, carpool, or vanpool would be exempt. This would raise over $4.5 million per year, closing almost 10% of the 2011-2012 budget gap. It would be a sustainable revenue source, allowing the city to implement human services, road maintenance,... more »

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Effective government

overpaid workers

The Department of Neighborhoods Director gets paid a 6 figure salary, besides this person there are 2 other employees in this same Department making 6 figures. Does anybody doing what these 3 people do at Neighborhoods, really require getting paid $100,000 a year? Please cut their pay or cut them.

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Libraries

Libraries

Consolidate libraries and/or library hours. There are many adjoining neighborhoods which all have libraries (i.e. Fremont and Wallingford; Queen Anne and Magnolia). Either consolidate and close one if there are adjacent ones, or at least share hours, for example Fremont is open Wed.-Sat. and Wallingford Sun.-Tues. Most people just use libraries to pick up holds, so you could also reduce hours for everything else and just... more »

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Economic development

More revenue

You must increase revenue.

 

If initiative 1098 does not pass, implement a city income tax for higher income people and reduce the sales tax so the lower income are not disproportionately affected by the taxation.

 

Initiate a car tax, $20-$25/annually per car.

 

I like the idea of a taxing authority for parks department and libraries.

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Arts and culture

MOHAI

Please leave the negotiated MOHAI compensation intact. There was an agreement made last fall about the museum doing its own negotiating with the state and was successful at getting more than expected. Now, leave that money where it was intended to be used, the relocation of the Museum of History and Industry.

 

Balance the budget? I can't balance mine in these trying times. Lynn Burnett

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Effective government

A Radical Change - City Light

Posted on http://soundpolitics.com/archives/011193.html July 29, 2008 Sell City Light - Endow Parks A consortium has offered to buy Puget Sound Energy (PSE) for $7.4 billion. Determining a price for PSE involved looking at assets and liabilities, ROI (return on investment), cash flow, future sales and profitability among other factors. A similar process would be involved in establishing a sales price for Seattle City... more »

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Transportation

No more suggest traffic speed signs!

Immediately stop any further funding or future installation of those ridiculous new lighted signs that supposed regulate traffic speeds on I-5. The first time I saw them, all northbound lanes were inching along at about 3-5 mph and the signs were brightly lit, indicating we should be going 45. The next time I drove up the same stretch -- just south of downtown Seattle -- it was the same ridiculousness, The lit indicated... more »

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