Total: $42.5 million of General Fund programs in 2011
Agency data below are estimated impacts to expenditures supported by the General Fund. Some programs of the District Court, Office of Emergency Management, and the Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention generate revenue that will partially offset the impact to the General Fund.
King County Sheriff's Office: $9.5 million in 2011
Retain as many as 82 positions that are dedicated to protecting our community. By preserving these positions, the Sheriff's Office will be able to continue to investigate property crimes; provide School Resource Officers to 11 schools; provide storefront deputies who are key points of contact with neighborhoods; participate in regional crime, drug, and homeland security task forces; maintain current levels of investigation for homicides and other major crimes including sexual assaults, and domestic violence; and provide specialized services such as the Bomb Squad, Marine Patrol, fire investigation, and animal cruelty investigation.
Prosecuting Attorney's Office: $5.0 million in 2011
Preserve the equivalent of 36 deputy prosecuting attorneys (DPAs), which represents two-thirds of Civil Division DPAs, or all criminal DPAs assigned to Maleng Regional Justice Center (MRJC), or all DPAs assigned to Special Assault Unit and Domestic Violence Units. Preserving this level of service would maintain the region's responsiveness to crime, provide prosecutorial services to inform the courts to prevent the release of dangerous felons, and ensure the rights of victims are maintained.
Office of the Public Defender: $4.3 million in 2011
Preserve the equivalent of 21 defense attorneys and supervisors and 14 support staff. These positions are integral to providing a fair and just court system. The U.S. Constitution mandates that anyone not able to afford an attorney be provided one, as such the court system cannot function without public defense.
Superior Court: $4.3 million in 2011
Retain programs designed to reduce recidivism, assist court litigants, help crime victims, and ensure a smoothly functioning justice system. Over 75 percent of family law litigants do not have lawyers to help them through their divorce, child support or custody cases, and Family Court facilitators help people navigate the legal process. Other programs that would be preserved could include juvenile offender supervision, which uses programs proven effective to reduce juvenile involvement in the criminal justice system; and attorneys and supervisors who assist citizen advocates who volunteer to represent the best interests of abused children in dependency cases.
Department of Judicial Administration: $2.0 million in 2011
Preserve nationally-recognized programs and current levels of customer service to avoid lengthy delays in responding to public requests for information. For example, the Step Up program, the only domestic violence program in King County dedicated to addressing teen violence against parents would be preserved. Current hours of operation and level of staffing at the Clerk's Office would be retained and long waits for service minimized.
District Court: $2.0 million in 2011
Preserve programs, such as Probation Services, that are key components of the criminal justice system. These programs help to reduce the number of people involved in court matters and ensure that those who are sentenced receive appropriate supervision.
Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention: $4.7 million in 2011
Preserve significant programs in alternatives to detention for both juveniles and adults. These programs assist people in obtaining life skills to reduce recidivism, provide community work crews, assist offenders in meeting their community service hours, and reduce other costs in the criminal justice system. Also, retain the ability of police agencies to book and transfer inmates at the MRJC. Closing the MRJC for intake and transfer would require south county police agencies to drive to Seattle to book inmates, which would reduce the time officers spend patrolling the streets of their communities.
Jail Health Services (JHS): $1.5 million in 2011
Preserve the current level of services to the sick and mentally ill within the county's jail population. JHS provides medical, dental, and mental health services to people incarcerated in county jails. These services include screening for medical conditions at booking, psychiatric treatment, and treatment and monitoring for chronic conditions and are essential elements of a safe and humane jail system.
Defer Major Maintenance of Facilities: $1.3 million in 2011
Preserve major maintenance for county facilities, such as plumbing and wall finishes on a schedule that allows for optimum life of public assets.
Animal Control: $0.8 million
Preserve seven day a week animal control services by maintaining a second animal control officer in each control district. Include funding for dedicated staff and resources in the Sheriff's Office to conduct animal cruelty investigations.
Other Entities: $0.7 million in 2011
Retain services such as the printed versions of the Voters Pamphlet, assistance to rural property owners with development proposals and code compliance, and security screening at all current entrances to the King County Courthouse.
HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Public Health--Seattle & King County: $3.3 million in 2011
Retain key services Public Health provides to the public. The funding would preserve the current level of therapy to ensure tuberculosis patients take their medicine as scheduled, and will enable the Medical Examiner's Office to continue to make determinations of the cause and manner of death and conduct autopsies in a timely fashion so as not to unduly delay releasing remains to next of kin. Preserve funding for the Children and Family Commission, which provides grants to non-profit organizations that work to ensure safe communities and healthy families. Maintain critical support to the county's public health centers and the services they provide to the public, especially to mothers and children.
Department of Community and Human Services: $3.2 million in 2011
Allow for the continuation of General Fund support to human services such as Domestic Violence Survivor Services, Sexual Assault Victim Services, Senior Centers in unincorporated areas, and programs for youth (including homeless youth) involved in the criminal justice system. These programs provide direct services to people who have been victims of crime or young people who are at risk of becoming involved in the criminal justice system as adults. These services help reduce the number of people involved in the criminal justice system in the long run.
Mental Illness and Drug Dependency (MIDD) Supplantation: $5 million in 2013, $10 million in 2014, and $16 million in 2015
Enable the county to maintain the services temporarily shifted to the MIDD fund in the 2010 Adopted Budget. Programs such as Adult and Juvenile Drug Court, Mental Health Court, and Criminal Justice Initiatives are designed to address the underlying reasons people become involved in the criminal justice system. Under state law, the authority to use MIDD revenue to fund these programs (supplant) will ramp down starting in 2013. New sales tax revenue will enable the county to preserve these programs as MIDD revenues become unavailable.
Office of Emergency Management: $0.2 million in 2011
Preserve the county's preparedness for disaster response by maintaining programs and staff that provide an emergency notification system and emergency collaboration.