Preparing 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. The Council received 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 proposed budget.
Learn more about the King County budget and the challenges the County faces by reading the budget basics pages.