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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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European-style public bathrooms

Keep public bathrooms in parks open year-round during normal business hours by allowing vendors to staff and charge money to use them, the way they do in Europe.

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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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Emulate Portland as they are getting it right!

The pearl district in Portland and yaletown in Vancouver,bc is what Seattle should be striving to achieve. Planning committee should be created to analyze what they are doing right and why we are failing?

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Raise Revenue!

Raise Revenue!!!!

 

Why is the word TAX so reviled. When I moved here from NYC I could not believe a city, county and state could run without income tax.

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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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QVC Store for downtown Seattle

Bring more new stores to the downtown core. What about a QVC store in downtown Seattle?

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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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