Seattle City Council OK’s spending from emergency reserves

SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle City Council has voted unanimously to authorize spending $86 million from Seattle’s emergency reserves to provide additional relief to residents and small businesses struggling to deal with the public health and economic crises caused by the coronavirus pandemic.  The Seattle Times reports the council on Monday took the steps over objections from Mayor Jenny Durkan, who described them as fiscally risky. Council members celebrated the actions as essential to help Seattle’s most vulnerable households survive the pandemic and to build a more resilient tax system for the city in the years ahead, with large companies paying a greater share for public services.