Council Priorities and Budget
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.
2022-2023 Biennial Budget planning meetings
Proposal R2021-128 adopted by the Pierce County Council on Aug. 10, 2021 established the following meeting dates and times to review the proposed 2022-2023 Biennial Budget.
Biennial Budget planning retreats (special study sessions)
The tentative committee meeting schedule is listed below and is subject to change without notice. Find the official weekly meeting schedule here Version OptionsCouncil Priorities and BudgetCreating the biennial budget2022-2023 Biennial Budget planning meetingsHeadlineAdditional Budget Information2021 Council Priorities2021 State Legislative Priorities Biennial Budget planning retreats (special study sessions).
|Meeting date and time|
|Oct. 7, 9:30 a.m. (Topics: budget overview, Planning and Public Works and general government)|
|Oct. 8, 9:30 a.m. (Topics: Human services, housing and homelessness and legal and judicial)|
|Oct. 14, 9:30 a.m. (Topics: Public Safety and Parks and Recreation)|
|Oct. 15, 9:30 a.m. (Topics: Facilities, ARPA, Council Discussion)|
Biennial Budget Committee of the Whole (COW) meetings
|Meeting date and time|
|Oct. 20 |
|Nov. 10 |
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.
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
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.