Hold contractors accountable for both time and cost on every project. Make it a firm part of the bidding process for any project. Projects in this city take twice as long as other munis and likely cost more. How many times do you see workers at a road project standing around!?
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.
No parking fee increase: it will make the citizenry hostile to the goverment, and stop people from driving into Seattle.
Cease all enforcement of laws against marijuana possession (by law this is supposed to be the lowest priority anyway, but more cases have been brought since that law was passed than before). This will save money in terms of police resources and in terms of court/legal resources.
Reduce public-sector salaries across the board to bring them in-line with the private sector
I suggest you eliminate the SPD horse patrol and move officers to street patrol.
Lets make our parks lower maintenance and more sustainable. Tons of grass that always needs to be mowed is expensive to maintain and is not needed. We need more natural areas with trees and ferns that require less maintenance.
13% reduction in energy use
saved as much as $6 million in gasoline costs.
cut the state's greenhouse-gas emissions by more than 12,000 metric tons a year.
82% of state workers say they want to keep the new schedule.
overtime and sick leave among state employees decrease
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Stop paying someone to create walking maps showing walking routes and their mileage. Anyone can go for a walk in their neighborhood without a walking map. Noone will use these. These are not necessary and a waste of our tax money.
Cut Executive pay; Mayor, City Council, and Department Directors. Seattle pays executives some of the highest salaries in the nation. Executive pay can be cut immediately, whereas lower level jobs are subject to union contracts and negotiations. Start at the top, cut pay!
Eliminate, or at least downsize. the Seattle Office for Civil Rights. It has a hefty budget, (1.8 Mil I believe) and finds only a few of the cases filed every year to have any merit at all. Too little benefit for this cost!
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