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Originally published September 24, 2012 at 2:05 PM | Page modified September 24, 2012 at 2:15 PM

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City will add jobs, fix more potholes under mayor's budget

Under Mayor Mike McGinn's two-year budget proposal, librarians and police officers would be added, and road maintenance would be beefed up.

Seattle Times staff reporter

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A continuing rebound in tax revenues, voters' approval of a library levy and various cost-saving measures will allow Seattle to hire more workers next year and avoid a budget shortfall, Mayor Mike McGinn will tell the City Council today.

Under McGinn's two-year budget proposal, libraries would hire 46 employees; 10 police officers and eight parking-enforcement officers would go to work for the city; and road maintenance would be beefed up.

The mayor is appearing before the council this afternoon to present his plan for spending $951 million in the general fund and $4 billion citywide in 2013.

In contrast to a $32 million general-fund shortfall his budget office projected earlier this year, McGinn will propose fully replenishing the $30 million rainy-day fund, which at one point fell to less than $11 million.

The proposed budget would expand afternoon or nighttime hours at seven community centers for the benefit of at-risk youths, subsidize child-care for 75 more children, widen the Third Avenue sidewalk outside the downtown Macy's, and put $9 million into a reserve to implement a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice concerning police practices.

With an upswing in construction, the Department of Planning and Development would hire 15 more staffers.

Also helping the city's financial outlook were labor unions' agreement to a reduction in cost-of-living increases when inflation is low.

Some fees would go up under McGinn's budget, including a mandatory $4 adult admission fee to the Volunteer Park Conservatory, and a 50-cent increase in one-time fees at swimming pools.

The outline of the budget was provided to news organizations this morning.

Keith Ervin: 206-464-2105 or kervin@seattletimes.com

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