In my last blog post, I described the County’s budget process as feeling like diving into the deep end of the pool. In the past three weeks, my colleagues on the Budget Leadership Team (Budget Chair Dave Upthegrove, Rod Dembowski, and Kathy Lambert) and I have swum the length of the pool and it’s time to assess how well we did. Throughout the collaborative process with my colleagues, I weighed each proposal against my personal commitment to provide core County services efficiently and well, to respond to the needs of residents, as we heard directly from them during our public outreach, and to respond to the most urgent needs of the day. Continue reading
The County’s budget process can feel like diving into the deep end of a very deep pool, but it is almost time to start swimming. In week two of our budget panels, we are reviewing everything the 731-page, $11B proposed County budget contains, what it does and what it doesn’t do.
In some ways, King County is like a huge conglomerate, with widely different lines of business, including and courts and jails, roads and transit, public health and human services, elections and tax assessments, and utilities – all on top of providing the full range of local government services to the 240,000+ residents of unincorporated King County. And, as I touched upon last week, our funding sources and allowed legal uses are even more complex than our government structure and web of services.
Last week, we began our review of the $11 billion Proposed Budget for the 2017/2018 biennium. Throughout our process, the Council will evaluate hundreds of proposals across the government, from increasing the property tax levy supporting the County’s walk-on ferry system, to what new behavioral health programs to fund, to adding 300,000 services hours to Metro Transit, among many other issues. Continue reading
We’re talking about Marijuana, again? Yes, we are.
Why? It’s complicated. Continue reading
This afternoon I joined the Sound Transit Board of Directors in voting to put the Sound Transit 3 plan on the November 2016 ballot. Now you, the voters, will have the opportunity to decide on this proposal to invest in a comprehensive mass transit system. I want to thank everyone who shared their feedback throughout this process – your input helped us shape the final plan.
You will likely be hearing a lot about this over the next few months, but I want to give you an inside look at the Eastside projects in the package today. Continue reading