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KING COUNTY

1200 King CountY Courthouse

5l6ThirdAvenue Seattle, WA 98104

Signature Report November 18,2014 Ordinance 17941

Proposed No.

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Sponsors McDennott

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AN ORDINANCE that proposes the 201512016 Biennial

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Budget and makes appropriations for the operation

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county agencies and departments and capital improvements

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for the fiscal biennium beginning January 1,2015, and

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ending December 31, 2016.

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PREAMBLE:

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Despite continued fiscal challenges created by the Great Recession and an

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ongoing structural gap - caused by revenue growth that is slower than

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inflation - King County continues to provide critical services for its

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residents through reforms, reotganization and technology. But without

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action by the federal and state government, our public safety,

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transportation and public health infrastructure

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with the quality of life these services provide.

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This budget makes necessary spending cuts to balance the county budget.

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We have chosen these cuts based on our priorities and in away to do the

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least amount of harm while still maintaining suff,rcient levels of reserves to

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maintain the county's AAA credit rating.

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BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF KING COTINTY:

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1. Findin gs: The council 1.

will continue to erode along

makes the following fìndings of fact:

Ordinance 17941

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A. King County government

is responsible for providing a variety of services to

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all residents of the county. These include: regional services, such as criminal justice,

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public health, wastewater treatment, solid waste and transit; subregional services through

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contracts with many suburban cities for police protection, jail services and support for

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court services; and local services to unincorporated areas, such as sheriffprotection,

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support for agriculture, roads, surface water management, local parks and land use

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regulation.

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B. Under

the King County Charter, the metropolitan King County council sets

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policy and adopts budgets for the county. This is the first complete biennial budget for

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the county at just over $9 billion with a $1.5 billion general fund.

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C. Fiscal restraint and increasing effrciencies in internal

services and operations

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enable the council to focus this budget on services and programs that result in greater or

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continued effrciencies and services and programs to ensure public safety, public health

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and well-being.

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Increased Services for Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.

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This budget funds a domestic violence unit in the King County sherifls office. This

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includes detectives and community resource ofhcers who specialize in working with

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survivors of domestic violence. The council has been a strong supporter of funding

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services for domestic violence programs for many years. This investment reafftrms that

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commitment. The council also continues its sup