Growth in spending at the City of Seattle / by urbanexus

On December 21, 2017, the Seattle Times published an article by Daniel Gilbert and Daniel Beekman reporting on the surge in spending by the City of Seattle from 2007 through 2017. Key takeaways are:

  • Excluding operations that have revenues that cover their own costs, expenses are increasing faster than revenues.
  • The City added 850 full-time employees since 2012, a 12.8% increase during a time when the population increased by 11%.
  • Spending increases at the City of Seattle significantly outpaced those at the other two larger municipalities in the region--nearby City of Bellevue and the City of Tacoma to the south.
  • John Wilson, the Assessor for King County (in which Seattle is located) warns that the extent to which the City of Seattle has been raising taxes is not sustainable.