Relatedly, this Friday morning would be a good time to give public comment about the SPD budget and/or budgeting for alternatives to public safety. Public comment starts at 9:30am and you can sign up starting at 7:30am. And thanks to everyone who gave public comment at the first budget hearing last night!
From the first budget issue identification meeting this morning, it sounds like there is going to be some wrangling related to the JumpStart spending plan and how the Mayor chose to allocate those dollars. CM Sawant will also be trying to bring forward an amendment to increase the JumpStart tax, but we’ll see if she can get enough co-sponsors. It does seem that in order to maintain funding for the Equitable Communities Taskforce and participatory budgeting beyond this year, the Council will need to identify a new revenue source.
And here’s my live tweet thread of Monday’s Seattle Council Briefing: