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Metropolitan King County Council

Earning public trust, enhancing quality of life, protecting public health and safety
Metropolitan King County Council
516 Third Ave., Rm. 1200
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: 206-296-1000
Toll Free: 800-325-6165
TTY/TDD: 206-296-1024
Fax: 206-296-0198

council@kingcounty.gov
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Preparing for the King County Budget

The county budget represents the single most important document through which the Council sets policy for county government and oversees the prioritization and delivery of critically important services. With the presentation of the Executive’s proposed budget on September 22, we will spend the next couple of months reviewing, refining, and amending the proposed budget, with the goal of moving forward with a final vote in November.

This year is the first time that all county agency budgets are on a biennial or two-year cycle. In 2003, the voters approved a charter amendment authorizing King County to implement biennial budgeting. Since then, King County has slowly been converting its agencies from one to two-year budgets. As a result, when comparing to previous annual budgets, some appropriations may appear to be significantly higher.

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 county budget. For dates (and locations, which are yet to be announced), please visit our budget calendar page.

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

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With the beginning of the month of September, the Council starts its planning for the consideration of the King County Budget. The budget represents the single most important document through which the Council sets policy for county government and oversees the prioritization and delivery of critically important services. 

With the presentation of the Executive’s proposed budget, we will spend the next couple of months reviewing, refining, and amending the proposed budget, with the goal of moving forward with a final vote in November. 

To find out how your tax dollars are spent, take a look at the graphs below, then click here to learn more about our budget process.   

 

 Where your property tax dollar goes  Where your sales tax goes
property_tax_breakdown   sales tax distribution
King County is the property tax collector for all taxing districts within the county. Although you pay your property tax to King County, the County receives only about 18 cents of every dollar. The rest goes to other agencies, including 54 cents to schools. (Figures have been rounded to the nearest whole number.) King County residents pay an average sales tax of  9.5 percent. The state keeps 6.5 percent; 1.8 percent goes to Metro Transit and Sound Transit; 0.2 percent is set aside for criminal justice, and mental health and substance abuse services; and the remaining 1 percent is split between cities and the County.

 

Give testimony online:
Let us know your budget priorities

Read the Executive Proposed Budget (coming soon)

You can sign up to follow the deliberations on Facebook and Twitter (#KCBudget)

Learn more about the county budget

Budget brochure (one page document explaining county budget)

Previously adopted budgets:
2014 King County Budget
2013 King County Budget
2012 King County Budget
2011  King County Budget
2010   King County Budget
2009  King County Budget
2008  King County Budget
2007 King County Budget
2006 King County Budget