Meeting with residents of District was opportunity to hear from the “best asset in policy making”
StoryMetropolitan King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn has completed his annual listening tour through County Council District 9. The visit included City Councils, Commissions, Rotaries, Chambers and Unincorporated Area Councils. Dunn addressed each group about his legislative priorities and fielded questions about the County budget and other issues.
“I spoke to and took questions from over 25 different groups in my district since the beginning of the year to listen to the citizens for whom I work,” said Dunn. “To best serve those groups, it is vital to build relationships and have open channels of communication with the community. I will continue to meet and speak with groups throughout the year, but I wanted to make sure I addressed most of them in the first half of 2009.”
Councilmember Dunn delivered speeches to the City Councils of Bellevue, Black Diamond, Covington, Enumclaw, Kent, Maple Valley, Newcastle and Renton. He also spoke to two Unincorporated Area Councils – Four Creeks and Greater Maple Valley – and addressed several Chambers of Commerce, Rotaries, the King County Agricultural Commission, and other citizen groups in his district.
At each gathering, Dunn highlighted his responsibilities on the 2009 County Council and his goals towards making the County more fiscally sustainable. Although this is an annual event for him, Dunn felt this year was particularly important given the current economic downturn. “Everywhere I went, I was told by residents that taxes are too high and times are tough,” said Dunn. “King County needs to stop spending and expecting our citizens to bail them out.”
The speeches highlighted his work in 2008 and talked about his goals for 2009, including putting together a solid, comprehensive budget plan for 2010 that does not place the burden on taxpayers. Dunn also wants to continue supporting the Sheriff’s department through the County budget process and continue to find innovative ways to keep drugs out of neighborhoods. Last year, Dunn introduced an ordinance that required landlords to kick meth users out of the neighborhoods where citizens had been powerless to improve their safety.
“Most good ideas I get come from residents who live in King County, not from inside King County office buildings,” said Dunn. “It is important that I listen to residents because they are the best asset I have in policy making.”