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McGinn's Budget Includes Boost to Rainy Day Fund, No Major Cuts

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Tim Durkan
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For the first time in four years, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn has proposed a budget that doesn’t include any major cuts to programs.

Instead, the budget gives the city 15 new police officers, more cameras in school zones, and additional money for the homeless.  

McGinn said the budget would position the city to be in the best possible situation in case of an emergency.

"By the end of 2014 with this budget, we will have rebuilt the Rainy Day Fund not just to pre-recession levels, but to a record level of $34.7 million," he said.

The mayor presented his $4.4 billion budget to the Seattle City Council on Tuesday. He said the city is benefitting by being in a “very different economy” with opportunities for new investments in both the people and the city’s infrastructure.

Florangela Davila is KNKX’s news director. A journalist in Seattle since 1992, she’s earned numerous individual and team honors in print, online and broadcast, most recently three regional Murrows for KNKX.