Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda
(Position 8, Citywide) announced the Select Committee on Budget schedule to
consider Councilmembers Kshama
Sawant and Tammy
J. Morales’ progressive
revenue tax proposals, which would fund COVID-19 relief.
Mosqueda created the
committee schedule, which will start April 22, in consultation with the Office
of the City Clerk, Council Central Staff, Council Communications, the bill
sponsors, and the Council President’s office, to ensure public comment and
input can be heard on the legislation and that the legislation is heard with
the urgency the crisis calls for.
“The need for financial
resources to address the COVID-19 crisis is overwhelming, and I appreciate
Councilmembers Sawant and Morales’ efforts to address our community’s needs
during the coronavirus emergency and beyond,” said Mosqueda. “My committee will
ensure any conversation surrounding new revenue will take into account the
current economic crisis, while also considering the inequities many Seattle
residents face, which the virus and economic impacts have exacerbated on
vulnerable community members and small businesses. I look forward to discussing
this important piece of legislation with my Council colleagues in the weeks to
The following committee
schedule is subject to change and it is the prerogative of the Chair to add
more committee dates if necessary to ensure a transparent process:
- Committee Meeting April 22, 10:00 a.m.: Council will receive a preliminary economic forecast update provided by the City Budget Office, and an outline of the legislation’s three bills (CB 119772, CB 119773, CB 119774) from Council Central Staff.
- Committee Meeting April 29, 10:00 a.m.: Council will receive an outline of any legislation not covered in the previous meeting; Council Central Staff will answer Councilmember questions.
- Committee Meeting May 13, 10:00 a.m.: Council will consider any amendments, possible committee vote.
Committee meetings will be conducted remotely, and streamed live via Seattle Channel. The public is able to watch through seattlechannel.org/watch-live, or by listening through the Council’s listen line by calling 206-684-8566.