Rosier budget outlook for King County, Seattle

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by LINDA BRILL / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on September 24, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Updated Monday, Sep 24 at 5:43 PM

Unlike the massive cuts of the past few years, the 2013-14 budget numbers for King County and the City of Seattle are looking up.
 
County Executive Dow Constantine on Monday delivered an up-beat budget speech, touting $60 million in savings achieved through more efficient operations.

"This doesn't mean saving money by reducing services. It means saving services by reducing costs," he said
 
There would be no cuts in county services under Constantine's proposed budget. But Constantine is asking for a $20 car fee in unincorporated King County to pay for a back-log of rural road maintanance.
 
Across the street at Seattle City Hall, Mayor Mike McGinn said the city's economy is improving because people are spending more. The resulting tax revenues will produce more funding for transit, human services and public safety, he said.

"We're having economic success and it looks good," said McGinn. "For the first time in years, we're not just making cuts, we have the opportinity to make investments."
 
McGinn's budget recommends hiring ten more police officers and extending hours at community centers.
 
McGinn's budget also would add money to the city's rainy day fund, which was nearly depleted during the recession.
 
There will be public hearings on both budgets before the city and county councils vote on them in late November. 
 

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