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November 21, 2011 at 3:03 PM

Seattle City Council OKs budget that includes layoffs, no new police

The Seattle City Council approved a $913 million general-fund budget Monday afternoon that lays off 74 city workers and eliminates 85 unfilled positions, but also protects some health and human services.

City leaders warned that with the economy still struggling and more budget cuts projected in the coming years, the city’s ability to protect vulnerable residents could be badly strained.

Despite raising concerns about Mayor Mike McGinn’s plan to not hire new police officers in the coming year, the council went along with McGinn’s proposal to leave 26 patrol positions vacant in the 2012 budget, saving $2.4 million. Neighborhood business associations had also called for additional patrol officers to address street crime and open drug sales.

The budget approved Monday calls for hiring to begin again if the number of vacant positions climbs to 27.

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