The Seattle City Council will announce its priorities for 2011 at 2:00 p.m. today in City Hall. Most of it is vague platitude ("advance strategies to foster economic development"), but some is worthy of specific mental note ("GIVE US YOUR MONEY ON NOVEMBER 1"). Here are a few:

On the Ballot: Working with Seattle Public Libraries, the council intends to ask taxpayers for money to pay for expanding library services while reducing its burden on the city’s general fund. (The library took cuts of about 8 percent last year.) Council President Richard Conlin says he wants to put forward a ballot measure in 2012, though he hasn’t set a price tag on the request. In wetter business, the council still intends to follow through with Mayor Mike McGinn’s idea for a ballot measure to fund the central downtown seawall replacement. But rather than fund the entire thing, as the mayor proposed, the council hasn’t made up its mind how much it will seek from voters later this year. Last summer, the council suggested a range of $165 to $235 million.

Redeveloping the Projects: The council wants to “increase low-income housing units” when the city redevelops Yesler Terrace on First Hill. That's a bold declaration, if the council means it.

The Seattle Housing Authority (a semi-autonomous entity that operates in tandem with the city) has said it may not, despite pleas from activists, keep all the low-income units on site when it adds up to 4,000 mixed-income units. So does this manifesto indicate that the council is putting its foot down, demanding more or equal on-site housing for the poor? “That kind of gets down to the level of detail we aren’t quite ready for,” says Conlin. That's too bad; this is a pressing major question, not a level of detail to be addressed at the last minute, that's been lingering for more than two years.

Da Tunnel: In broad language, the council says it wants more transit funding and “protection for portal neighborhoods.” These ambitions will be serious challenges: The governor vetoed Metro funding (authority to impose a motor vehicle excise tax) in 2009; the tunnel’s traffic diversion models show 40,000 to 60,000 more vehicles a day passing through in Pioneer Square near the tunnel’s southern portal, and the city has not a penny to mitigate that traffic. The council will also, “Consider legislation approving agreements with the State to advance the project on schedule while fully protecting Seattle’s interests.”

Public Safety: The council supports better response for juvenile sex trafficking and higher standards for domestic violence intervention. Unfortunately missing: Any mention of the council’s role in setting policy to increase police accountability.