The Seattle City Council approved a $5.9 billion budget on Monday, Nov. 19, with a lot of money focused on a few major themes: law enforcement reform, the city’s homelessness crisis, neighborhood improvements and support for vulnerable, minority and LGBTQ communities.

District 7 City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw issued a statement on her council website about the passage of the budget and outlined the major changes to support the above-mentioned issues, but nowhere in her list were any projects targeted specifically for Magnolia or Queen Anne residents.

Bagshaw’s office did not respond to a request for an interview with Queen Anne

News. She is chair for the Select Budget Committee.

“Our goals for this budget are action-oriented and reflect a proven person-centered approach that will bring critically needed services to more people,” Bagshaw states. “I wanted to move beyond studies to fund projects and pilot programs that work.”

Although some of the highlighted budget items did not include Magnolia or Queen Anne projects, a number of budget items outlined in the 2019-2024 Proposed Capital Improvement Program (CIP) are designated for the two large neighborhoods.

Specific Queen Anne and Magnolia budget items are:

• $2 million was allocated in 2019 and another $1 million will be allocated in 2020 for Americans with Disabilities Act improvements at a number of Seattle Parks and Recreation sites. Included in those sites are the Queen Anne Community Center and the Queen Anne Community Pool.

• SPR is also allocating $5 million in 2019 and $5.3 million in 2020 to replace the turf at multiple parks with synthetic grass, including the Queen Anne Bowl. The Queen Anne playing field will also be converted in 2020 at a cost of $3 million.

• $83,500 was allocated to the Seattle Department of Transportation for crossing improvements on Third Avenue West, near Fulton Street as a part of the city’s “Your Voice, Your Choice” program.

• $460,000 was allocated to make improvements to Magnolia Manor Park.

• $305,000 was allocated to update the turf at Interbay Stadium.

• $750,000 was allocated for the Northwest Native Canoe Center Development in Magnolia.

• $6.71 million was allocated for the Smith Cove Park Development project, which will create improvements and developments for the 4.9 acres of waterfront park.

• $8.87 million was allocated to convert the W Magnolia PF South Athletic Field from grass to turf fields.

• $2.43 million was allocated to help purchase and develop space in the city for P-Patches, including in Queen Anne.

• $16.5 million was allocated to improve six city-owned golf courses, including the Interbay Golf Course.

• $91.4 million was allocated for the West Phase of the Mercer Corridor Project, which includes converting Roy Street, between Fifth Avenue North and Queen Anne Avenue, into a two-way road with bike lanes.

• $570 million was allocated to the Ship Canal Water Quality Project, which will help keep polluted water out of local water systems, including Salmon Bay.

Nothing was budgeted in the next two years for the replacement of the Magnolia Bridge, according to the transportation portion of the 2019-2024 CIP.

The Magnolia Community Council sent a letter to the city council and budget committee in October, campaigning for funding to be earmarked for the 1:1 project.

“The 1:1 Magnolia Bridge Replacement should happen as part of a regional transportation corridor that involves freight mobility, Port of Seattle operations, emergency response, Sound Transit 3 and Metro,” the Magnolia Community Council letter states. “The city should add earmarked funds and/or grant opportunities in the budget for the Magnolia Bridge to be part of an arterial system. When such a placeholder appears in the City budget, that placeholder will give our State delegation a two-year window to prepare a comprehensive budget and plan to start replacing the Magnolia Bridge.”

According to the CIP, the project is on hold since current funding for the bridge’s replacement would only pay for half of the design and contract plans.

“Funding to complete the design, purchase the necessary right-of-way, and construct the new bridge has not been identified. The estimate to complete the project is $300-350 million,” according to the CIP.

The budget did not stray far from Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan’s proposal. The council passed the budget with an 8-1 vote. District 3 Councilmember Kshama Sawant voted against the budget as she has since taking office.

“On the burning crisis of affordable housing facing working people, the establishment was completely unwilling to match it’s flowery rhetoric with action,” Sawant wrote in a statement on the city’s website.  “It was less than 1 percent of the budget (Durkan) proposed, and it only included funds that legally could go nowhere else. Not one new dollar was proposed for affordable housing by Mayor Durkan.”

Bagshaw acknowledged a need for more effort from the city to combat the affordable housing crisis in her online statement.