Seattle Mayor Ed Murray today issued the following statement after the Seattle City Council Budget Committee, which includes all 9 members of the Council, advanced the City’s 2016 budget to final approval, expected next Monday:
“Many thanks to the Council for their very hard work on the City budget. I appreciate their thoughtful debate on our City’s priorities. Given that 25 percent of our sales tax revenue is currently generated by our construction boom, they have wisely preserved our reserve funds. Throughout the budget process, the Council has demonstrated a careful and deliberative approach.
“Thanks to Council, we will launch our new Office of Planning and Community Development to help manage our city’s growth. We will have the resources available to fund body worn cameras for every patrol officer. And we will expand our Youth Employment Initiative for hundreds more Seattle young people.
“Most of all, I appreciate the Council’s approach to our work to address our current state of emergency on homelessness. We are a generous City, as the Council has shown yet again. But Seattle cannot do it alone. The state and federal governments must step up and do more as well. This issue must once again be a national priority.”