Council Priorities and Budget

2021 Council Priorities

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In January 2021 the Pierce County Council met for two days to review and discuss its priorities for the year.


From that facilitated discussion, 10 areas of high priority were identified and outlined in a report (click image to read the full report).


Council will emphasize these high-priority areas through its legislative and budgetary actions in 2021 and in its planning of the 2022-2023 biennium budget.

2021 State Legislative Priorities

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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. 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 its actions to remain accountable to citizens. 


For 2021 Council focused its priorities in the following seven areas: Public Safety, Community and Behavioral Health, Housing Attainment, Economic Development, Infrastructure, Fiscal Stewardship and Capital Budget.


Click to view 2021 Legislative Priorities flier

Creating the biennial budget

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Contact


Paul Bocchi

Senior Budget Analyst


Phone: 

253-798-7777

800-992-2456

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

 

Pierce County uses the biennial operating budget to monitor revenue and expenses, and to improve financial management and strategic planning. 


The 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.


2022-23 Council Budget Process

Council kicks off its 2022-2023 Biennial Budget process April 15 at 9 a.m. with a Special Study Session. The purpose of the meeting is to introduce new members to the biennial budget planning process and begin Council discussion around meeting Council's identified priorities through budget planning. Council will hold a second meeting April 16 at 1 p.m. to continue the conversation.


Following the retreats future meetings will be planned to continue the budgeting process. Ultimately Council will hold a series of Committee of the Whole meetings for Council to review and discuss the proposed 2022-2023 budget before taking final action at a regular Council meeting later this year.


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Additional Budget Information

2020-2021 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.