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King County Councilmember Joe McDermott

Serving the communities of Council District 8

Joe McDermott
Council District 8
516 Third Ave., Rm. 1200
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: 206-477-1008
Toll Free: 800-325-6165
TTY/TDD: 206-296-1024
Fax: 206-296-0198

Serving the communities of West Seattle, North Highline, Vashon/Maury Islands, SoDo, Pioneer Square, Capitol Hill, and portions of the International District, Burien, SeaTac, and Tukwila.

 Prosecutor Dan Satterberg discussed a variety of ways his office has reduced costs.
Prosecutor Dan Satterberg discussed a variety of ways his office has reduced costs.

Budget deliberations underway

The Council's 2015-2016 budget deliberations are underway. I am again chairing the Council's Budget and Fiscal Management Committee. We have heard from the County's separately elected officials – the Elections director, the auditor, judges, the Sheriff, the Prosecutor –about their budget needs. And those needs are great. As a colleague put it, the County has been operating in a "managed bankruptcy" state for many years now. We have an ongoing gap year-to-year between our revenues and the cost of delivering our programs – which simply increase given inflation and population growth. The County's continuing shortfall is made worse by the decline of stable funding for core services.


Three panels will direct County Council’s review of Executive’s Proposed Biennial Budget

$8.9 Billion proposal will be assessed with goal of November adoption

Four members of the Metropolitan King County Council’s Budget and Fiscal Management Committee will direct the Council’s deliberation of the proposed King County Budget delivered September 22 by County Executive Dow Constantine.

Understanding the King County budget

Revenue sources, expenditures, and reasons for the deficit

Myths vs. the realities about the county budget

Closer look at the budget deficit and why it continues

“King County continues to face a massive budget shortfall in our General Fund which limits our ability to make wise investments that will save money in the long-run. That’s why I’m pleased the Executive announced that he will lead an effort to develop a levy to make the wisest investment possible – in our kids,” said Councilmember Joe McDermott, Chair of the Budget and Fiscal Management Committee. “I appreciate the hard choices Executive Constantine made while developing his budget. My council colleagues and I will now begin our review, continuing the Executive’s efforts to ensure our government is running as efficiently as possible.”

The proposed budget introduced today by County Executive Dow Constantine is King County’s first biennial (two-year) budget for all county agencies, including those contained within the County General Fund. After the budget is adopted, it will be updated as needed over the two-year period.

The Executive’s proposal would bring the County’s total spending in the 2015-2016 biennium to a total of $8.9 billion. The proposed budget includes a $1.5 billion General Fund budget, three-quarters of which is targeted for law, justice and public safety services.

All nine members of the Council serve on the Budget Committee during budget negotiations with Councilmember McDermott as Chair of the committee. For the 2015-2016 budget deliberations, three Councilmembers will direct panels that will review all aspects of the Executive Proposed Budget.

The Council's budget and Fiscal Management Committee will hold four public meetings in north, east, and south county, as well as downtown Seattle, at which the public may comment on the proposed budget.

Learn more about the King County budget and the challenges the County faces by reading the budget basics pages.

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