Saturday, October 23, 2010

Federation meets Thursday, October 28, 7:00 p.m. - Seattle Budget Crisis

Regular Meeting
NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency), Pacific Marine Center on Lake Union
Thursday, October 28, 2010


Seattle’s Budget Crisis—Preserving Essential Services in the Economic Downturn
featuring Councilmember Jean Godden and Dr. Ben Noble

Councilmember Jean Godden, Chair of the City Council Budget Committee, and Dr. Ben Noble, Director of Council Central Staff, will update you about the city budget process and answer questions.  How will the City Council close the $67 million budget shortfall?  Will the Council agree with the Mayor’s proposed tax and fee increases and cuts to essential services?  Is there logic to the Mayor’s proposed budget?

Will the City lose neighborhood service center coordinators?  How can the City’s neighborhood policing program function with the loss of crime prevention coordinators?  Is it fair to target five of the City’s 26 community centers for major cuts and closure?  Are the cuts to the highly cost-effective Neighborhood Matching Fund reasonable?  Will Linden Avenue really get its planned sidewalks or will that long-awaited project go on the chopping block? 

The budget that the City Council will adopt in November may be the most important for City government in a generation.  Several statewide ballot measures on the November ballot could further reduce the available revenues, so City Council decisions are not yet solidified and YOU can make a difference. 

Find out the latest and bring your issues and questions.  Help decide what recommendations should go into the Federation’s budget letter. 

7:00                 Call to Order and Introductions
1.     Changes to the agenda
2.     Treasurer’s report
3.     President’s report
7:15                 Seattle’s Budget Crisis:  Councilmember Jean Godden and Dr. Ben Noble
8:30                 Round Robin:  Bring your issues and budget priorities
9:00                 Adjourn
NOAA is a federal facility on high security alert, so attendees must enter by the security gate and may need to present photo ID. If you haven't attended a recent Federation meeting, please send your name, contact information, and address to  to be added to the entry list. No e-mail? Call 206-365-1267. The building is ADA compliant, with ample parking in front.

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