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2017 Pierce County Budget
2017 BudgetOne of the primary duties of the County Council is “to levy taxes, appropriate revenue, and adopt budgets for the County” (Charter, Section 2.20 (1)(a)).

The County Council adopts an annual budget by Dec. 1 of each year, after review and consideration of the preliminary budget prepared by the County Executive. During the rest of the year, the Council may consider supplemental budgets and other budget changes, such as provisos and companion annual budget proposals.

View the Executive Budget

Below is a short video on the County budget process and how it impacts you as a citizen. Additionally, you will be able to find a link to the County Executive’s preliminary budget, along with a schedule of County Council meetings that help the Council to get to an adopted budget by Dec. 1.

Council Budget Schedule
Executive Presents Budget to County Council
The Council received a presentation by the County Executive at its Tuesday, September 20, 2016 Council Meeting

Council Holds a Series of Budget Retreats
The Council held three Budget Retreats on October 5 - 7, 2016 to review the budget.

Committees of the Whole (COW)
All Committee of the Whole meetings are held in Council Chambers, 
930 Tacoma Ave. S. Room 1045.

Wednesday, October 19 - 1:30 pm
 Agenda   Packet   Video
     - Budget Overview
     - Overview of Budget Ordinances and Resolutions

Thursday, October 20 - 9:30 am
 Agenda   Packet  Video
     - Human Resources Department

Thursday, October 20 - 1:30 pm  Agenda  Packet  Video
     - Auditor's Office
     - Assessor-Treasurer's Office

Friday, October 21 - 9:30 am  Agenda  Packet  Video
     - Public Works Department
        -- Sewer
        -- Roads
        -- Surface Water
        -- Airport
        -- Ferry
        -- Solid Waste

 Wednesday, October 26, 9:30 am  Agenda  Packet
     - Risk Management
     - Parks and Recreation Services

Wednesday, October 26, 1:30 pm   Agenda  Packet  Video
     - Planning and Land Services Department

Thursday, October 27, 9:30 am
 Agenda  Packet  
     - Prosecuting Attorney
     - Department of Assigned Counsel
     - Clerk of Superior Court

Thursday, October 27, 1:30 pm  Agenda  Packet  
     - District Court
     - Superior Court

Friday, October 28, 9:30 am  Agenda  Packet  
     - Public Works Department

Wednesday, November 2, 9:30 am  Agenda  Packet  
     - Sheriff's Office
     - Corrections Bureau

Wednesday, November 2, 1:30 pm  Agenda  Packet  
     - Reserved

Thursday, November 3, 9:30 am  Agenda  Packet  
     - Juvenile Court
     - Information Technology

Thursday, November 3, 1:30 pm  Agenda  Packet  
     - Community Connections Department

Friday, November 4, 9:30 am  Agenda  Packet  
     - Reserved

Thursday, November 10, 9:30 am
                                  1:30 pm
 Agenda  Packet  
     - Possible action on:
         -- budget ordinance
         -- fee ordinances
         -- implementing ordinances and resolutions
     - Public testimony will be taken on action items

Final Council Hearings

All Council Meetings are held in Council Chambers, 
930 Tacoma Ave. S. Room 1045.

Tuesday, November 15 - 3:00 p.m. First Reading Council Meeting,
Council Chambers

Tuesday, November 22 - 3:00 p.m. Possible Final Action Council Meeting,
Council Chambers

 Terms to know:
COW- Committees of the Whole
A tool in which the council sits as a single committee with all members being present. The difference between a COW and Council meeting is at a COW the committee can focus on one particular topic versus the business of the county and there can be question and answers instead of speeches.

Budget Retreat
Council retreats to review and discuss the Executive’s budget and council budget priorities.

First Reading
When the Council presents to the public the first reading of their proposed budget. 

General Fund
Primary County operating fund and accounts for all general government financial resources, except those required to be accounted for in another fund type. The general fund pays for sheriff, courts, auditor, assessor, jails.

Debt Service Funds
Used to account for the accumulation of resources for payment of principal and interest on County general obligation bonds.

Special Revenue Funds
Used to account for and report the proceeds of specific revenue sources that are generally legally restricted to expenditure for specific purposes other than debt service or capital projects.

Enterprise Fund
Various business-type activities for which a fee is charged to external users for services such as sewer utilities, solid waste collection, ferry and airport operations, and public golf courses.

Internal Service Fund
Account for centralized services provided to other County departments or agencies on a cost reimbursement basis.

Capital Project Fund
Account for acquisition, construction, and remodeling of major capital facilities and for major capital equipment purchases.

Fiduciary Fund
Are used to account for assets held in a trustee capacity or as an agent on behalf of others.

Contact Us
Paul Bocchi
Senior Budget Legislative Analyst

Kate Kennedy
Budget Clerk

County-City Building
10th Floor, Rm 1046
930 Tacoma Ave. S.
Tacoma, WA 98402

Ph: (253) 798-7777
Ph: (800) 992-2456
Fx: (253) 798-7509

Contact Budget Staff

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

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