As the City Council works on adopting a 2021 budget, an online Lens article calls into question the spending priorities in Seattle.
The article questions whether the city’s current spending levels and priorities are helping to promote the business community and economic development. The retail community’s concerns center on proposed police department spending cuts as organized retail theft continues to grow as a crime.
The article notes that the city’s current $1.5 billion general fund has outgrown the growth of the city population. Some argue that cutting spending in the police force will discourage new companies from coming to Seattle and discourage others to leave for outlying urban areas such as Bellevue.