How We Spend It

How does the City of Seattle spend its annual city budget? This project visualizes the 2015 Seattle budget, demonstrating how the city gets it money (via taxes, fees and fines) and where the money goes. Expenditures flow into two streams: Restricted Funds that must be spent on specific programs and a General Fund that is decided by various stakeholders including city staff, elected officials and residents involved in the public process. The value of this visualization is in how it shows the type and amount of funding that is allocated to each City Service.

The visualization was adapted as a spread for publication in Arcade Magazine issue 33.1 published in Spring 2015.

Catherine Lim