Economic development

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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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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Invest in energy efficiency.

I would suggest going more to energy conservation. Replace outdated fluorescent, incandescent, high pressure sodium, mercury vapor, and metal halide lights on roadways, signage, and in buildings with LED lamps. For roadway and sidewalk lighting, there are LED light poles with integrated solar panels and helical wind turbines. I would also suggest wind and solar power for city buildings. This will be more expensive up... more »

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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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Make this a travel-destination location!

Make this a travel-destination location!

 

Many cities have something to bring in travelers.

 

Seattle has its inherent beauty.

 

And some Summer travelers come here because it's so beautiful then, but if we had things that made this a big-time travel-destination location, visitors could majorly contribute to increased revenues, to both the city and to area businesses.

 

Make this a travel-destination location!

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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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Increase licensed downtown street vendors/kiosks

Increase sales tax revenue from foot traffic downtown in and around the convention center by allowing street vendors and kiosks to set up shop (particularly in the financial district, which gets a fair amount of foot traffic but which has not much in the way of afternoon or evening destinations for tourist dollars).

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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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Do we really want to punish our customers for shopping downtown?

To raise the price of the parking meters upto $4.00/hr will force patrons to shop outside of the city of Seattle!!! Huh? Can someone explain to me why the city wants to penalize the small business owner (which by the way, employs over 75% of the work force) and the customer for shopping in the dowtown area? Do we not have enough vacant leases already? Why should I renew our lease in our two downtown locations if you make... more »

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parking fee in Seattle

I am against raising the parking fee in Seattle. Especially on weekends and extending the time to 8:00 pm. This will keep me out of Seattle downtown. I will choose to shop elswhere. $4 an hour to shop, enjoy a theatre, or go to a restaurant in Seattle will make the difference in my decision to select another venue. We need a new mayor.

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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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