Economic development

Economic development

Text messaging tax

Add a city tax on text messaging. That will help reduce dangerous texting while driving (yes, it's illegal but that doesn't stop people who text a lot).

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$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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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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Ramp up vending in existing facilities at public parks

Ramp up vending in existing facilities at public parks! Every park, cf. Magnusson and Matthew Beach to Greenlake and most others, have facilities for renting or selling equipment. However, these facilities are NEVER staffed or in operation. Allow vendors to sell snacks or whatever else from such facilities during all normal business hours for a cut of proceeds. This will create a more welcoming, vibrant atmosphere in ...more »

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Outdoor street seating

Rather than charging businesses a higher fee to have outdoor seating, set up a system where the city just gets a cut on turns on outdoor tables. This would promote a more vibrant street culture and probably also bring in more revenue to the city.

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Spending & Waste

How about any persons receiving welfare type benefits must provide labor of some sort in exchange.

There are several community based programs that need help. This doesn't balance a budget however,

it can help alleviate waste. How about going after the Ferry system waste a little harder as every penny counts! "Special interest" spending should be nixed as everyone is special.

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Reduce excess car exhaust in traffic jams

Stop making 2 lane, traffic snarled, gas wasting, roads out of efficient 4 lane arterials. It is dangerous to the neighborhoods as I often slalom around traffic islands, actually its pretty fun, on the side streets to avoid the artificially induced traffic jams.

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New Tax Revenue Source for Seattle, Bellevue, Tacoma

Tax Dino Rossi, Patty Murray, and all of the political ads for the privilege to advertise to Seattle, Bellevue, Tacoma residents. Each city could levy a % tax on their advertising budget. Since we have to waste our time watching their repetitive ads they can help pay for some of our urban needs. They have millions to spend, so they must care about us, then they can pay some of their money to our budget crisis.

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Sponsorships

Allow sponsorships or ads to be displayed on some vehicles, services or facilities. Buses have advertisements on them, why not put ads on other vehicles, services, sites.

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Timberlands

The city of Seattle owns hundreds of thousands of acres of timberlands These lands were harvested for years and the city recieved millions every year until they thought it was more fashionable to play enviormentalist. Now they cry they have no money. Maybe Mayor (sierra club) Mike woul rather increase taxes and fees rather than cut down a tree? Lets cut the b.s. and put people back to work and money back for our schools ...more »

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Improve accessibility to internship opportunities

I suggest you... End restictions on City of Seattle internships. In a down economy or a tough job market, an internship can provide valuable experience to someone looking to launch or jumpstart their career. Seattleites are generally well-educated, community-focused and willing to help out. Where labor is an issue, working students could alleviate some of the pressure for budget cuts and lay-offs. There are plenty ...more »

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