Seattle mayor says no to new taxes to address $229M budget gap

(The Center Square) – Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell said that he would not look at new revenue streams to address the city’s $229 million budget gap.

Harrell gave his State of the City address with an emphasis on improving public safety, increasing the city’s affordable housing stock, addressing the drug epidemic and replacing aging infrastructure.

“The size of this deficit means that we will have difficult financial decisions ahead,” Harrel said.

The mayor added that passing a new and higher taxes will not address the fundamental issues needed to close the gap over the long run.

“While there are some who would suggest that the answer lies simply in new revenue, the fact is that passing a new or expanded tax will not address the fundamental issues needed to close this gap in the long-run,” Harrell said.

The mayor is now proposing a data-driven approach to addressing the budget gap.

“Our pace of
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