Economic development

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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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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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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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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$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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