City Budget

The City of Seattle faces a $67 million general fund deficit for 2011, meaning there are some very difficult budget decisions to be made in the months to come.  For example, SPD’s Crime Prevention Coordinator for Wallingford, Diane Horswill, told Wallyhood in August that the Crime Preventation program is at risk.

The City Council is tasked with balancing Seattle’s 2011-2012 budget, and requests input from residents as they try to figure out how to do that.  So, the Seattle City Council invites us all to participate in this year’s budget process:

  • Visit the new Ideascale page at Here you can share, comment and vote for ideas on how to balance the budget. Feedback is continuously reviewed, and the most popular ideas will be given consideration.
  • Submit thoughts about the budget using online comment form. Emails received will be tallied and shared with each Councilmember.
  • Attend one of three public hearings held in north, south or central Seattle:

Wednesday, September 29 (closest meeting to Wallingford)
Northgate Community Center Gym
10510 5th Ave NE, 98125
5 p.m. Sign-in, 5:30 p.m. Public Hearing

Wednesday, October 13
The Brockey Center at South Seattle Community College
6000 16th Avenue SW, 98106
5 p.m. Sign-in, 5:30 p.m. Public Hearing

Tuesday, October 26
Seattle City Hall
Council Chambers, 2nd floor
600 Fourth Avenue, 98104
5 p.m. Sign-in, 5:30 p.m. Public Hearing

For more information on Seattle’s budget, visit

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