Council Priorities and Budget
In March 2022 the Pierce County Council met to review progress on its 2021 priorities and discuss priorities for 2022.
Through its review, the 2021 priorities were refined to reflect progress made in the previous year and updated to carry into 2022. While the 10 theme areas from 2021 remain priorities in 2022, a key priority that emerged for 2022 was Public Safety.
Council will emphasize the identified high-priority areas through its legislative and budgetary actions in 2022.
2022 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 2022 Council focused its priorities in the following six areas: Pandemic Response, Housing and Homelessness, Public Safety, Economic Development and Fiscal Sustainability, Environment and Landuse, Infrastructure Needs.
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.
Budget DocumentsBudget documents reflect prior adopted Pierce County budgets. 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.
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)
In Fall 2021 the Pierce County Council held a series of budget planning special study sessions to review budget requests and prepare the 2022-2023 biennial budget for final adoption. The schedule of those meetings and topics discussed are listed and linked below.
|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 |