MYNORTHWEST NEWS

Public safety spared as Seattle Mayor Harrell grapples with budget shortfall

Jan 23, 2024, 5:43 AM

Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell. (Photo from KIRO 7)...

Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell. (Photo from KIRO 7)

(Photo from KIRO 7)

Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell has got to find at least $229 million in 2025.

That’s the lowest the number could be.

He issued a hiring freeze for most departments on Monday, but public safety will be spared.

Police and fire departments will continue to hire as planned, as will other jobs deemed “essential.”

What will be on the chopping block is just about anybody’s guess.

The shortfall is being blamed on a downturn in commercial real estate revenue, as well as an increase in labor costs.

A city spokesperson has told the Seattle Times that everything is on the table, “including the potential for new or adjusted revenue sources.” In other words, taxes or fees.

How the next budget process will go is unclear as the Mayor will have to contend with an untested new City Council.

This year, there are also some unanswered questions as budget forecasts are falling short of predictions.

 

MyNorthwest News

Photo: A law enforcement vehicle's lights....

James Lynch

SPD: Armed good Samaritan saves pregnant woman from attacker

Seattle police said an armed good Samaritan came to the rescue of a woman during a domestic violence incident and shot her attacker.

12 hours ago

NAACP kamala harris...

Sam Campbell

‘It’s about time’: NAACP leader in WA applauds possibility of Harris as presidential nominee

NAACP members reportedly scrambled to regroup following President Joe Biden’s sudden withdrawal from the race on Sunday.

15 hours ago

hit-and-run lake city...

Frank Sumrall, MyNorthwest; James Lynch, KIRO Newsradio

Hit-and-run in Seattle’s Lake City kills one early Monday morning

A man was killed in a hit-and-run in Seattle’s Lake City neighborhood at Northeast 125th Street and 30th Avenue Northeast Monday morning.

20 hours ago

kent kidnapping...

Frank Sumrall

Kent Police: Second attempted kidnapping in less than a week

A 911 caller contacted Kent Police July 19 after an unknown adult male reached inside a window of the caller's home and grabbed their young daughter.

22 hours ago

Photo: Detectives are investigating a Seattle drive-by shooting that happened early Saturday mornin...

Julia Dallas

Seattle police: Woman shot in both hands in early morning drive-by shooting

Detectives are investigating a Seattle drive-by shooting that happened early Saturday morning. A woman was shot in her hands.

1 day ago

Photo: President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the 75th anniversary of NATO at the Andrew W. Mellon...

MyNorthwest and KIRO Newsradio staff

‘Bring it on:’ Washington officials react to Biden dropping out of the race

Washington officials have reacted to President Joe Biden dropping out of the 2024 presidential election.

2 days ago

Public safety spared as Seattle Mayor Harrell grapples with budget shortfall