King County government services
King County provides regional services to all residents of the
county, including people who live in cities. These include courts
and related legal services, public health services, the county
jail, records and elections, property tax appraisals and regional
parks and facilities, including the King County International
Airport (Boeing Field). With the voter-approved merger of Metro and
King County, county government has also assumed the responsibility
for public transit and sewage disposal.
King County provides subregional services in many suburban cities,
such as animal control.
In unincorporated communities, King County provides the services
listed above and many local services, including land-use
regulation, building permits, police protection, roads and local
parks. Other local services in unincorporated communities are
provided by fire, water, library and hospital districts which
operate independently of county government.
The Metropolitan King County
Council is the legislative branch of county government. It
adopts laws, sets policies and holds final approval over the
budget. Councilmembers represent geographic districts. Every county
citizen, including city residents, has an opportunity to vote for a
representative on the County Council.
The King County Executive is the
elected executive officer of county government. Every citizen of
the county has an opportunity to vote for the Executive, who is
elected on a countywide basis.