I. What happened?
a. 30 cityworkers to lose their jobs, library to be closed for a week in the Summer
b. Mayor Greg Nickels will cut $13.3 million out of the 2009 general-fund budget and will spend $5 million of the city’s rainy-day fund
a. To close a budget gap caused by lower-than-expected tax revenue, $29.5 million shortfall
b. Worst economic crisis in Seattle in decades
a. Most city departments will take between a 1 and 3 percent cut
b. Mayor Nickels plans to cut $400,000 he set aside for public toilets after they were deemed a failure
IIII. How are people reacting?
a. A group of city employees is planning an “informational picket” outside City Hall on Monday morning from 7 to 8:30 a.m. to protest the mayor’s cuts.
b. Nickels will brief the City Council on Monday about the cuts, and some members of his staff will attend a public hearing Wednesday at City Hall