Today Mayor Tim Burgess issued a proposed 2018 budget to City Council. The budget, which is subject to approval by City Council, includes a number of investments directed towards reducing disparities in social, development and education readiness and learning for children.
Funding is proposed for assisting high school graduates to matriculate to college in an effort to reduce what is called the “Summer Melt.” Additionally, $1.38M is dedicated toward the 13th year program which provides one year of free tuition to Seattle Public Schools high school graduates.
Finally, funding is proposed to expand services for the birth-to-five population and their families. Funding would expand support for birth-to-3 child care providers, including coaching and professional development, developmental screenings, and nursing support for infants and toddlers in childcare. The funding would also provide ongoing support for families of children 0-3 with developmental delays and support the continuation of the Parent-Child Home Program and support for Family Child Care providers.
These resources come from the new tax that City has imposed on the distribution of sweetened beverages. The tax, which goes into effect January 1, 2018, is expected to generate $14.8 million during its first year and all funding is subject to review by the Sweetened Beverage Tax Community Advisory Board.
The City Council will hold public hearings in Council Chambers at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 5 and on Wednesday, November 1 regarding the proposed 2018 budget.