City Council prepares for more budget changes
January 10, 2012
City Council members adopted a 2012 municipal budget late last month, but the spending plan still needs some refinements to reflect changes in the year ahead.
The council is expected to adjust the budget further in order to implement a staff reorganization recommended by Seattle consultant Moss Adams.
The reorganization process started in December, as leaders announced up to 20 layoffs and city employees received information about a voluntary separation program.
The timing for budget changes is not yet firm.
In October, Mayor Ava Frisinger sent to the council a $32 million general fund budget — dollars used to fund police and fire services, community development and planning, parks and recreation, and municipal government.
Then, per standard procedure, council members adjusted the budget to add projects and shift spending to other priorities. Overall, council members’ changes amount to $4.1 million.
The total city budget — including dollars for capital expenses and from other accounts — is $85.7 million.