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Fact!

FireFighters Wages are ridiculous!! look at that when you decide to cut jobs and programs.

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Cost saving measures for City budget 2011-2012

August 25, 2010 the City Council of Bainbridge Island approved buy outs to employees as method of relieving the city's budget troubles, The program offers lump-sum payments of up to $30k (based on seniority) who agree to quit their jobs. Quitting job avoids City having to pay for unemployment. Both unions agreed to allow members to participate. Employees can earn an addition $5k if they leave by the end of September.... more »

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conserve energy

dont heat any city building to over 65 degrees. or use A/C to cool any building below 75 degrees. People can wear a coat or sweater and/or lighter clothing in hot weather

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Market-based parking rates on public land

I suggest you set market-rate parking rates for parking on public land. This includes parking meters, city parking lots, and street parking. Parking would remain free or very low cost in less dense neighborhoods where the market rate is close to $0. It would be higher in dense areas like downtown, Capitol Hill, and Belltown. Businesses would not be hurt because parking costs would be based on what the market will... more »

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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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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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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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Secure funding for Seattle Community Access Network (SCAN)

Continue City of Seattle Funding of Seattle Community Access Network (SCAN) at the current level. SCAN is funded by the cable companies through negotiations with the City of Seattle. SCAN provides a unique and critical link between community and neighborhood activities and Seattle residents. Often SCAN is the only medium through which these voices can be heard.

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Customer Service Bureau Wasteful and Ridiculous Staff Salaries

I suggest you look at the outrageous salaries of the Customer Service Bureau staff, with a specific eye on the Director and Supervisor positions. In 2007, the Director's salary almost doubled with no additional responsibilities and a "supervisor" position was added to supervise 3 Complaint investigators and 2 admin staff.This supervisor position is totally unnecessary and was rejected as such by Personnel for years.

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Cut supervisors and management

Level the layers and layers of supervision and management. If the Seattle Public Schools had the same ratio of students to teachers as the City of Seattle has line staff to supervisors and managers, our students would be in learning utopia. Supervisors and Managers should have a minimum of 8 staff reporting to each to justify the position and compensation.

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