Council Priorities and Budget

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The Pierce County Council adopted the 2022-2023 Biennial Budget Nov. 23, 2021. View the Budget Summary here.






2023-2025 Council Priorities

In 2023 the Pierce County Council established a comprehensive list of priorities to guide its legislative and budgetary actions. This is a dynamic document and will be updated as goals and priorities are achieved. 


View the full report.

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2023 State Legislative Priorities

2023 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 2023, Council is focusing its priorities in the following areas: 

  • Housing and Homelessness. 
  • Economic Development and Fiscal Sustainability. 
  • Public Safety, Public Health, and Human Services.
  • Environment and Land Use.
  • Infrastructure Needs.


Creating the Biennial Budget

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Contact


Paul Bocchi

Senior Budget Analyst

Office of the Pierce County Council


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.

Additional Budget Information

Steps outlining how the biennial budget is crafted

Budget Documents

Budget 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.

2024-2025 Council Budget Process

Council kicked off its 2024-2025 Biennial Budget process on March 8, 2023, with a Committee of the Whole meeting. The meeting introduced new members to the biennial budget planning process and began a discussion around American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) appropriations, with a focus on Housing and Homelessness, and budgeting reporting requirements. Budget conversations have continued throughout the year, including the adoption of Resolution R2023-106, which established the Council's preliminary 2024-2025 biennial budget priorities. 


On Sept. 19, 2023, Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier presented his proposed 2023-2025 Biennial Budget to Council. Find the proposed budget, including an abbreviated executive summary, online.


The Council is currently going through a 10-week process to finalize the 2024-2025 budget which consits of Committee of the Whole Meetings, Council Budget Retreats, and budgeting work through the Council's Standing Committees. You can follow along on the Council's 2024-2025 Budget Development website