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The council voted to approve the budget 8-1 in a meeting Monday afternoon Screenshot from Seattle Channel

After nearly two months of tweaking the Mayor’s proposal, the Seattle City Council approved its own version of the 2022 budget in an 8 to 1 vote Monday afternoon. The big-ticket items in the $7.1 billion package included $355 million for the Seattle Police Department, $194 million to fund affordable housing, and authorization for up to $100 million in bonds to fix Seattle bridges.

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