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SUMMARY: The 2011-2012 City of Seattle budget and the Green Lake Community Center

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Confused about the 2011-2012 City of Seattle Budget and what it could mean for the Green Lake Community Center (GLCC)?

Here’s a summary of the mayor’s proposed budget and the next steps from here:

The mayor’s proposed budget

The City of Seattle is facing a $67 million general fund deficit for 2011.  On Sept. 27, Mayor McGinn presented his budget recommendations to City Council.

McGinn proposed that, beginning in January, the GLCC operate under “Limited-Use Status.”  Parks Department offices would be moved to the top floor of the GLCC, displacing some classes and programs to the Northgate Community Center and the Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center.  The Toddler Play Space would be moved to the gym, and drop-in play hours would be shortened.  The preschool would be affected as well, although the Parks Department has not yet announced to what extent.  Seasonal special events, including the Pathway of Lights, would be canceled.  The GLCC would lose 6 FTE staff.

Evans Pool, the gym, and the pottery studio would still be available.  The building would be open to the public during business hours Monday through Friday and would serve as the new Parks Central Customer Support and Visitors Center.

City Council

Final decisions about the 2011 City Budget are now in the hands of City Council.

City Council has held two public hearings about the budget and Councilmember Rasmussen hosted a community discussion in Green Lake.  There will be a third and final public hearing on Oct. 26.   You can find more details here.

Until Oct. 27 at 5 p.m., you can share your thoughts with City Council via the online tool IdeaScale.  Contact information for individual city council members can be found here.  City Council will continue to accept written and e-mailed comments on the budget up to the date that they adopt the final budget, which is anticipated to be Nov. 22.

If you would like more details about the 2011-2012 budget, you can read previous My Green Lake stories about local politics here.

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