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County Council passes $12.6 million 2017 supplemental budget
The Pierce County Council unanimously passed Ordinance 2017-13s at its June 20th Council Meeting.
“The real beneficiaries of this supplemental budget are the residents of Pierce County, “ said Doug Richardson, District 6 Representative and Chair of the County Council. “Early in 2017, the Council established four priorities: homelessness, behavioral health, economic development and public nuisance properties. This supplemental budget reflects those priorities and is a real win for the residents we serve. There is still much work to be done and we look forward to working with the Executive on the 2018 budget. This supplemental budget is an outstanding building block for that work.”
- $500,000 to contract with the local Behavioral Health Organization to enhance existing mobile crisis outreach services.
- $1 million in a one-time appropriation to the Alliance for South Sound Health for the new behavioral health hospital.
- $500,000 for a Mobile Intervention Response Team pilot, including the purchase and operation of one van designed to bring services to residents.
- $100,000 for up to two Mental Health professionals to deliver co-responder services in conjunction with the Pierce County Sheriff.
- $100,000 to evaluate a potential Behavioral Health Diversion Center, which could be authorized in the 2018 budget.
- $100,000 to hire a Behavioral Health Manager.
- $250,000 to the Betsy Ross Project for women veterans experiencing homelessness.
- $250,000 for the Arlington Drive Youth Facility for teens.
- $250,000 to support the existing Young Adult Overnight Shelter.
- $80,000 for continued patrol of Puyallup River levees to deter repopulation of homeless camps.
- Authorizing the hiring of three additional Sheriff’s Department Deputies.
- $50,000 for additional Corrections Bureau training
Economic Development funding includes:
- Six additional positions in Planning and Public Works for plan review and permitting.
- $110,290 to fund an additional position in Economic Development.
- Funding for the establishment of an Agriculture Advisory Board.
- $55,000 for Frontier Park .
- $25,000 to support the development of a boat ramp to the Puyallup River.
- $200,000 to purchase property adjacent to the Buckley Forest Preserve for Parks and Recreation.
The Pierce County Council makes it easier to clean-up nuisance properties
The Pierce County Council will hear Ordinance 2017-22s on May 16 at 3:00 p.m. in Council Chambers. This ordinance streamlines the code enforcement process for cleaning up abandoned homes, solid waste and nuisance property violations.
Nuisance Property Code Enforcement Process
Past Council Action on Nuisance Properties
The seven members are elected from each of seven contiguous and equally populated districts. Each county councilmember represents a district having a population of approximately 115,000 people (as of the 2010 Census) and is elected to a 4 year term.
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