Council establishes and operates utilizing a standing committee structure. County Council priorities in 2019 were developed at retreats of the standing committees and then presented to the Council for 2019.
Council funds public safety, infrastructure and permitting in supplemental budget
The Pierce County Council voted 6 - 0 on Tuesday, June 25 to adopt Ordinance 2019-32s2, a supplemental budget that supports ferries, property clean-up and permitting.
$350,000 to the Blighted Property Maintenance Fund for abatement and clean-up activities.
$45,000 for a Human Trafficking Awareness campaign.
Allocates $490,200 to the Pierce County Ferry Fund for law enforcement services, maintenance and repair.
Authorizes $415,00 for the Chambers Bay Regional Park Event Lawn project.
Provides for the hiring of a limited duration employee to address increased permit volumes.
The County’s first biennial budget (2020 – 2021) will be presented to the Council in the fall.
Council prioritizes broadband throughout Pierce County
The study’s recommendations include advancing the county’s franchise process, updating County regulations to assist in the build‐out of broadband infrastructure, and developing a plan to expand broadband technology into the lesser‐served parts of the county.
Council passed R2019-66, which is Council’s intent to authorize the issuance of bonds for construction of the voter approved Public Safety Communications Center housing SS911. This is the first-step in a two-step process. Council will also have to pass an ordinance authorizing the issuance of the bonds.
The Council is the legislative branch of Pierce County government and is the policy-determining body of the County, as provided by the County Charter. The Council has all powers of the County not otherwise reserved to the people, the Executive, or general law.
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.