Seattle Mayor Tim Burgess proposed a 2018 budget Monday that would boost money for homeless services and respond to a surge in spending on claims and lawsuits against the city.

Seattle would again boost its spending to combat homelessness under a proposed 2018 budget Mayor Tim Burgess delivered Monday to the City Council.

The package calls for spending $63 million on homeless services next year, up from about $61 million this year and $39 million as recently as four years ago.

The council is expected to make changes to the budget before voting on it Nov. 20.

“The dramatic rise in homelessness that has accompanied our recent, rapid growth is troubling to all of us,” Burgess said in a speech to the council and others at City Hall. “It is a challenge to the conscience to see so many fellow Seattleites sleeping outside.”

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