Council Priorities and Budget

2019 Council Priorities

Priorities

The Pierce County Council represents and serves the citizens of Pierce County, working to ensure that Pierce County is an exceptional place for families individuals, and business to grow and be successful. The Council acts in the best interest of its citizens by establishing policies that guide County government, allocating resources to implement policies and monitoring implementation. The Council is transparent in their actions to remain accountable to our citizens. 


The Council focuses their priorities in the following five areas: Facilities and Infrastructure, Economic Development, Behavioral Health & Homelessness, Public Safety, and Abatement & Public Nuisance.

2020-2021 Budget Process

One of the primary County Council duties is "to levy taxes, appropriate revenue, and adopt budgets for the County" (Charter, Section 2.20 (1)(a)).The County Council adopts a biennial budget by December 1 of each year ending in an odd number.

 

The Council passed Ordinance No. 2018-24 concerning amendments to Article 6 of the Pierce County Charter and in the November General Election the measure passed with over 62% of the public vote.  These amendments changed the County budget cycle from an annual one-year cycle to a biennial two-year cycle starting January 1, 2020. Pierce County will use its two-year biennial operating budget to monitor revenue and expenses, and to improve financial management and strategic planning. With the adoption of the biennial budget the County will be able to give greater emphasis on management and service delivery, program evaluation and monitoring, and will be able to improve long-term planning. The County budget is the single most important document the Pierce County Council uses to oversee the delivery of services, programs and resources to Pierce County residents. The budget is the official financial plan for the County. Between biennial budgets, the Council may consider supplemental budgets and other budget changes, such as provisos and companion budget proposals.


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Contact


Paul Bocchi

Senior Budget Legislative Analyst


Kate Kennedy

Budget Clerk


County-City Building

10th Floor, Rm 1046

930 Tacoma Avenue S.

Tacoma, WA 98402


Phone: 253-798-7777

Phone: 800-992-2456


Hours

Monday - Friday

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Council Budget Retreats

Council Budget Retreats are open to the public and held at the Pierce County Environmental Services Building, 9850 64th St W, University Place, WA.

Oct.
2

Wednesday, October 2 - 9:30 a.m.

Budget Retreat, Environmental Services Building
9850 64th St W, University Place, WA 98467

Meeting Information
Agenda, Packet and Presentations

Oct.
3

Thursday, October 3 - 9:30 a.m.

Budget Retreat, Environmental Services Building
9850 64th St W, University Place, WA 98467

Meeting Information
Agenda, Packet and Presentations

Oct.
9

Wednesday, October 9 - 9:30 a.m.

Budget Retreat, Environmental Services Building
9850 64th St W, University Place, WA 98467

Meeting Information
Agenda, Packet and Presentations

Oct.
16

Wednesday, October 16 - 12:30 p.m. 

County-City Building, 11th floor, training room
930 Tacoma Ave. South, Tacoma, WA 98402

Meeting Information
Agenda, Packet and Presentations

Committee Meetings

Committee of the Whole meetings are open to the public and held in the Council Chambers in the County-City Building, 930 Tacoma Ave. S. Room 1045. No public comment is taken at Committee of the Whole meetings. 

When available click on Meeting Information to view the agenda, packet, additional presentations and video.

Oct.
23

Wednesday, October 23 - 1:30 p.m.

Committee of the Whole
, County-City Building, 930 Tacoma Ave S. Room 1045.

Meeting Information
Agenda, Packet and Presentations

Oct.
24

Thursday, October 24 - 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Committee of the Whole
, County-City Building, 930 Tacoma Ave S. Room 1045.

Meeting Information 9:30 a.m.

Meeting Information 1:30 p.m.
Agenda, Packet and Presentations

Oct.
25

Friday, October 25 - 9:30 a.m.

Committee of the Whole
, County-City Building, 930 Tacoma Ave S. Room 1045.

Meeting Information
Agenda, Packet and Presentations

Oct.
30

Wednesday, October 30 - 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Committee of the Whole
, County-City Building, 930 Tacoma Ave S. Room 1045.

Meeting Information 9:30 a.m.

Meeting Information 1:30 p.m.
Agenda, Packet and Presentations

Oct.
31

Thursday, October 31 - 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Committee of the Whole
, County-City Building, 930 Tacoma Ave S. Room 1045.

Meeting Information 9:30 a.m.

Meeting Information 1:30 p.m.
Agenda, Packet and Presentations

Nov.
1

Friday, November 1 - 9:30 a.m.

Committee of the Whole
, County-City Building, 930 Tacoma Ave S. Room 1045.

Meeting Information
Agenda, Packet and Presentations

Nov.
7

Thursday, November 7 - 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Committee of the Whole
, County-City Building, 930 Tacoma Ave S. Room 1045.

Meeting Information 9:30 a.m.

Meeting Information 1:30 p.m.
Agenda, Packet and Presentations

Nov.
8

Friday, November 8 - 9:30 a.m.

Committee of the Whole
, County-City Building, 930 Tacoma Ave S. Room 1045.

Meeting Information
Agenda, Packet and Presentations

Nov.
13

Wednesday, November 13 - Noon

Committee of the Whole
, County-City Building, 930 Tacoma Ave S. Room 1045.

Meeting Information
Agenda, Packet and Presentations

Nov.
13

Wednesday, November 13 - Noon

Study Session
, County-City Building, 930 Tacoma Ave S. Room 1045.

Meeting Information
Agenda, Packet and Presentations

Nov.
15

Friday, November 15 - 8:30 a.m. 

Study Session
, County-City Building, 930 Tacoma Ave S. Room 1045.

Meeting Information 8:30 a.m.

Agenda, Packet and Presentations

Nov.
15

Friday, November 15 - 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Committee of the Whole
, County-City Building, 930 Tacoma Ave S. Room 1045.

Meeting Information 9:30 a.m.

Meeting Information 1:30 p.m.
Agenda, Packet and Presentations

Nov.
18

Friday, November 18 - 1:00 p.m.

Council Meeting
, County-City Building, 930 Tacoma Ave S. Room 1045. Public comment opportunity.

Meeting Information 1:00 p.m.

Agenda, Packet and Presentations

Additional Budget Information

2019 Budget

Budget documents reflect the adopted Pierce County budget. We hope it will enhance your understanding of how the County is organized, the services it provides, and the funding sources used to provide those services.

Past Budget Process

Budget documents reflect the adopted Pierce County budget. We hope it will enhance your understanding of how the County is organized, the services it provides, and the funding sources used to provide those services.