Seattle councilmembers are gearing up for a key vote during a special Tuesday session, where they’ll decide whether to override Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan’s veto of a budget balancing package that would enact a series of cuts to the city’s police department.
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City council originally approved the cuts in a 7-1 vote in early August. While it would technically only need six votes to overturn Durkan’s veto, it would actually need seven to ensure that the money is appropriated as laid out in the legislation.
That being so, there are concerns that sentiments on the council have shifted in the weeks since it initially approved the budget cuts, and that it may no longer have enough votes to override the mayor.
That has Council President Lorena Gonzalez — who herself vowed to vote in favor of the override — presenting an alternative “compromise” package to vote on should the council fall short of the requisite seven votes.
The new bill scales back the council’s cuts to the SPD’s budget on a number of levels, including reducing promised community investments in public safety from $14 million down to $2.5 million. It would also walk back most of its previously-approved reductions to the city’s Navigation Team, cutting just two full-time positions from the team (which at this time remain unfilled), rather than eliminating it entirely.
“I continue to stand by what we did this summer, and I continue to believe that those were the right policy choices,”

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