1200 King CountY Courthouse
5l6ThirdAvenue Seattle, WA 98104
Signature Report November 18,2014 Ordinance 17941
AN ORDINANCE that proposes the 201512016 Biennial
Budget and makes appropriations for the operation
county agencies and departments and capital improvements
for the fiscal biennium beginning January 1,2015, and
ending December 31, 2016.
Despite continued fiscal challenges created by the Great Recession and an
ongoing structural gap - caused by revenue growth that is slower than
inflation - King County continues to provide critical services for its
residents through reforms, reotganization and technology. But without
action by the federal and state government, our public safety,
transportation and public health infrastructure
with the quality of life these services provide.
This budget makes necessary spending cuts to balance the county budget.
We have chosen these cuts based on our priorities and in away to do the
least amount of harm while still maintaining suff,rcient levels of reserves to
maintain the county's AAA credit rating.
BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF KING COTINTY:
1. Findin gs: The council 1.
will continue to erode along
makes the following fìndings of fact:
A. King County government
is responsible for providing a variety of services to
all residents of the county. These include: regional services, such as criminal justice,
public health, wastewater treatment, solid waste and transit; subregional services through
contracts with many suburban cities for police protection, jail services and support for
court services; and local services to unincorporated areas, such as sheriffprotection,
support for agriculture, roads, surface water management, local parks and land use
the King County Charter, the metropolitan King County council sets
policy and adopts budgets for the county. This is the first complete biennial budget for
the county at just over $9 billion with a $1.5 billion general fund.
C. Fiscal restraint and increasing effrciencies in internal
services and operations
enable the council to focus this budget on services and programs that result in greater or
continued effrciencies and services and programs to ensure public safety, public health
Increased Services for Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.
This budget funds a domestic violence unit in the King County sherifls office. This
includes detectives and community resource ofhcers who specialize in working with
survivors of domestic violence. The council has been a strong supporter of funding
services for domestic violence programs for many years. This investment reafftrms that
commitment. The council also continues its sup