Select Budget Committee



Beginning on Wednesday, September 28, 2022, the Select Budget Committee’s annual budget deliberation process commences after the delivery of Mayor Bruce Harrell's Proposed 2023 Budget to the Seattle City Council. Budget deliberations will conclude when the Seattle City Council passes the 2023 Adopted Budget, which is scheduled for a final vote on November 29, 2022.

Committee Members

  • Teresa Mosqueda, Chair
  • Lisa Herbold, Vice Chair
  • Debora Juarez, Member
  • Andrew J. Lewis, Member
  • Tammy J. Morales, Member
  • Sara Nelson, Member
  • Alex Pedersen, Member
  • Kshama Sawant, Member
  • Dan Strauss, Member

Committee Materials

You can find agendas, presentations and other materials for the Select Budget Committee on Legistar, the system the City uses to manage legislation and committees.

View Budget Committee Agendas and Materials

Demystifying the Budget Process

Demystifying the Budget Process, An Interactive Guide

This interactive guide, Demystifying the Budget Process, is the most straightforward and simple way to understand the Council's budget work. Most importantly, this resource is intended to highlight when and how the public can make their voices heard. There is also more information about that below.

Understanding Council's Budget Amendments

Understanding Council's Budget Amendments

This interactive tool is meant to make the Council's budget amendments more transparent, engaging, and accessible. You will find detailed information about the 100 amendments for the proposed 2023-24 budget sponsored by Councilmembers. They were discussed by the Seattle City Council in the Budget Committee between October 25 - 27, 2022. For each amendment, you can see which department it pertains to, a short summary of what it does, the Councilmembers who originally sponsored it, a link to read a policy memo about each amendment, as well as a link to watch the Council's discussion of it.

Learn About Council's Amendments

Chair Mosqueda's Balancing Package

Chair Mosqueda's Priorities for the Balancing Pacakge

On Monday, November 14, 2022, Budget Chair Teresa Mosqueda unveiled her balancing package: a proposal for a balanced budget that factors in all the input she’s received, as well as her priorities.

More information about the balancing package can be found below:

How to Participate in the Budget

Your input is a critical part of the budget process! There are three ways to participate in the budget, sharing your perspective during Budget Committee meetings, Public Hearings, or sending written comment.

Ways to Participate in the Budget Process

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Summary of the Budget Process

There are six main steps in the budget process, outlined in the graphic below:

The Six Stages of the Budget

    1. City Budget Office Overview of Proposed Budget | Sept. 28
    2. Budget Hearings (Budget Discussions & Issue Identification) | Oct. 11 - Oct. 14
    3. Budget Deliberations (Discussion of Member Proposals) | Oct. 25 - Oct. 27 | View Deliberation Schedule
    4. Balancing Package | Nov. 14
    5. Vote on Balancing Package | Nov. 21
    6. Final Action, City Council Vote | Nov. 29

The Select Budget Committee will convene between September through November 2022, specific dates below. Additional meeting dates may be scheduled as needed. Committee agendas can be viewed here.

Download the Fall 2022 Budget Calendar

September 27 Mayor delivers Proposed Budget
September 28 @ 9:30am

City Budget Office Overview of Proposed Budget

Oral Public Comment @ 9:30am

October 11 @ 9:30am

Budget Hearings - Discussion of proposed budget by department and issue identification

Oral Public Comment @ 9:30am

October 11 @ 5:00pm Public Hearing
October 12 @ 9:30am Budget Hearings
October 13 @ 9:30am Budget Hearings
October 14 @ 9:30am Budget Hearings
October 25 @ 9:30am

Oral Public Comment @ 9:30 AM

Budget Deliberations - Discussion of Councilmember budget proposals
View Deliberation Schedule

October 26 @ 9:30am

Budget Deliberations
View Deliberation Schedule

October 27 @ 9:30am

Budget Deliberations
View Deliberation Schedule

November 8 @ 9:30am -1pm Public Hearing
November 14 @ 9:30am Balancing Pcakge, Presented by Chair Mosqueda
November 15 @ 5:00pm Public Hearing
November 21 @ 9:30am Vote on Balancing Package
November 28 @ 9:30am Budget Committee, Final Recommendations
November 29 @ 2pm Final Action, City Council Vote


Five Councilmembers constitute a quorum for this Select Committee.

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The Seattle City Council establishes City policy through enactment of ordinances (laws) and adoption of resolutions. The City Council also approves and adopts the City's budget. The nine Council members and their legislative assistants are part of the City of Seattle Legislative Department.