Here’s another update on the continuing focus on the “spend or save” question when it comes to property & real estate tax revenue windfalls. The Seattle Education Association chimes in on the side of “spend,” requesting a big piece of the pie.
The Seattle Education Association (SEA), which represents the district’s teachers, instructional aides and office staff, called on the City Council and Mayor Greg Nickels to set aside for the district $25 million a year for the next five years. The city expects to collect about $55 million more than analysts had predicted in sales, business and real-estate taxes by the end of next year.
While the city is not immediately acquiescing to the request, it seems the debate isn’t whether to spend or save, but rather just how to spend.
Nickels’ spokeswoman, Marianne Bichsel, said the city has sustained $120 million in budget cuts over the past three years, and that the higher-than-expected revenue should be used to restore funding to public safety, transportation and human services.
Great idea. Then we can go through the exact same budget cuts a few years from now when the real estate money tree shrivels up and dies.
(Sanjay Bhatt, Seattle Times, 10.13.2005)