A Tale of Two Budgets

Seattle upbeat; county struggles

By Keith Ervin and Bob Young, The Seattle Times

The 2013 general-fund budget proposed by Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn is more than 3 percent higher than this year’s budget, while King County Executive Dow Constantine’s budget represents less than a 1 percent increase.

Seattle, buoyed by economic growth and a voter-approved library levy, could hire dozens more employees next year, while struggling King County considers a $20 car-tab fee for residents of unincorporated areas to maintain roads.

The 2013 general-fund budget proposed by Mayor Mike McGinn is more than 3 percent higher than this year’s budget. County Executive Dow Constantine’s budget represents less than a 1 percent increase.

Sales-tax revenues grew by 13 percent in Seattle while rising less than 5 percent in the rest of King County between the first quarter of 2010 and the first quarter of 2012, according to city officials.

The two executives presented biennial budget proposals Monday to the city and county councils, which have final say on the spending plans.

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