King County Executive
King County Fire Marshal issues burn ban
With continued dry conditions in the forecast, the King County Fire Marshal has issued a Phase 1 burn ban in unincorporated King County starting July 15. The ban will remain in effect until further notice.
Executive Constantine to Council: Support our seniors, housing and vets
The King County Council is scheduled to vote on the Veterans, Seniors and Human Services levy on July 17. Executive Constantine urges councilmembers to pass a complete package that meets the needs of our growing region.
King County taxpayers fund McCleary fix; state budget continues to inadequately support local public health and safety
The 2017-2019 state biennial operating budget announced today funds education by raising taxes on property owners in King County school districts, while continuing to underfund local public health, safety and other services. What’s more, the Legislature relied on property taxes – an historic and important revenue tool for local government – while continuing to restrict local governments’ ability to pay for vital services such as public health and criminal justice.
King County now has one of the highest-performing animal care agencies in the nation – and will soon unite even more pets with families
Executive Constantine delivered on a promise to transform the county’s once-struggling animal service agency. Now, it's stellar reputation is helping King County earn grant funding that will connect even more pets with families.
El Condado de King tiene ahora uno de los más altos rendimientos en agencias de cuidado de animales en la nación – y muy pronto unirá a más mascotas con sus familias
El Ejecutivo Constantine cumplió con su promesa de transformar la agencia de servicios animales que antes estaba teniendo problemas. Ahora, su excelente reputación está ayudando al Condado de King a ganar fondos para conectar aún más mascotas con familias.
Executive Constantine on the sale of Convention Place Station: More funding for transit improvements, a boost for economic development
King County Executive Dow Constantine released the following statement after the King County Council approved the sale of Metro’s Convention Place Station to the Washington State Convention Center.
Executive Constantine on U.S. Senate health care bill: Don’t take King County backwards
In their review of the health care plan released today by U.S. Senate Republicans, experts from Public Health – Seattle & King County determined it falls short on all four key priorities laid out by King County Executive Dow Constantine: maintaining or increasing coverage; preserving access to women’s health, mental health, and substance abuse services; ensuring stability for local hospitals and clinics; and funding programs that prevent and control disease.
King County, City of Seattle release joint Request for Proposals for Legal Defense Fund
Local organizations providing legal services of immigrants can apply to a $1.55 million fund set up to respond to President Trump's threats to immigrant community.
Farmers, residents, fish and wildlife win in historic Snoqualmie Fish, Farm and Flood accord
King County Executive Dow Constantine today thanked Snoqualmie Valley farmers, residents and fish and wildlife advocates for achieving a landmark agreement balancing reduced flood risk to people and property, strengthening salmon populations, and growing a prosperous farming community.
Bringing together elected leaders from Washington and Oregon to discuss ways to accelerate the transition to safe, renewable energy
The alliance of local elected leaders from across the Pacific Northwest working together to protect communities from the growing risks and impacts of oil and coal transport is exploring ways to accelerate the transition to safe, renewable energy.
King County Emergency Management earns national accreditation
King County Emergency Management has earned accreditation from a nationally recognized peer-review organization. The Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP) evaluated King County's program against 64 specific capabilities that are essential to preparing for and responding to emergencies and disasters.
King County Metro and Sound Transit debut reduced summer ORCA youth fares
King County and Sound Transit announced special fares this summer for all youth who ride with an ORCA Youth card. Access to destinations across the county and region will cost only 50 cents per trip on King County Metro's bus network and $1 for Sound Transit's trains and buses. Metro will distribute free ORCA Youth cards to encourage more people to take transit.
Protecting a structure that tells the story of an entrepreneurial immigrant family and the devastating effects of Japanese relocation during World War II
An immigrant family on Vashon Island revolutionized how berries were distributed worldwide, creating a thriving family farm that never recovered after Japanese Americans were imprisoned during World War II. Thanks to state, county and private funding, King County will permanently protect the Mukai Fruit Barreling Plant.
Executive Constantine on President Trump's move to abandon the Paris Climate Accord
King County Executive Dow Constantine today released the following statement on President Trump's decision on the Paris Climate Accord.
Executive Constantine launches new initiatives that will create safer, healthier schools and neighborhoods throughout King County
King County will make it easier for kids to eat healthy, exercise and avoid harmful substances with the help of local nonprofits that successfully competed for Best Starts for Kids funding. Executive Constantine also announced that King County will open three new School-Based Health Centers this fall.
Executive Constantine thanks state House for passing key funding for local homelessness efforts
King County Executive Dow Constantine released the following statement on the passage of HB 1570
Renewing King County’s commitment to veterans and helping the region's growing senior population
The voter-approved Veterans and Human Services Levy has connected hundreds of thousands of King County’s veterans and vulnerable individuals and families with housing, employment, treatment and medical and mental health care. The levy will expire on Dec. 31. Executive Constantine’s proposal to replace the levy will increase the county’s capacity to serve veterans and vulnerable populations, and add new services to help the region’s rapidly growing senior population.
New state law enacts recommendations from King County task force to help cities and counties confront the opiate crisis
Gov. Jay Inslee today signed a bill that will enact several recommendations made by the King County Heroin and Opioid Task Force that will help cities and counties across the state confront the epidemic. It will help cities and counties lower barriers to treatment and reduce wait lists for opioid treatment.
Affordable Care Act repeal: Bad policy that weakens health care in King County
An analysis of the American Health Care Act passed by House Republicans would cut federal support to states and individuals, unraveling the most popular and successful aspects of the current law, according to Public Health – Seattle & King County. The legislation puts more than 200,000 King County residents at risk of losing their health care.
Executive thanks County Council for giving voters the opportunity to increase access to local arts, science and culture
King County Executive Dow Constantine today released the following statement after the King County Council voted to put Access for All -- an initiative that will make it possible for all residents to experience the region’s rich art, science and heritage offerings -- on the August ballot.