"The Seattle Metro Chamber has long advocated for more Seattle police officers as vital to the public safety of our city. A properly staffed, trained, accountable and responsive police department that keeps our city safe and welcoming to all residents and visitors is a vital element of keeping our city economically competitive.”
“Because we understand the urgency of this need, we are willing and open to considering Mayor Ed Murray’s proposal for funding additional police officers through a combination of existing funds and increases in the business and occupation tax and business license fee. The Mayor’s proposal is a thoughtful approach informed by careful research.”
“Over the long run, since residents and businesses alike benefit from safer communities, we encourage exploration of revenue solutions that share the cost. We look forward to continuing discussions on this topic over the next few months."
About The Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
The Seattle Metropolitan (Seattle Metro) Chamber of Commerce is the largest and most diverse network of influential business leaders in the Puget Sound region. Founded in 1882 by local business leaders, the Chamber today is an independent organization of 2,200 businesses representing a regional workforce of approximately 700,000 people. For more information, visit www.seattlechamber.com.