Council Priorities and Budget

2021 Council Priorities

Council priorities front pages

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

2021 Legislative Priorities one page sheet

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

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.

 

In 2018 the Council passed Ordinance No. 2018-24 concerning amendments to Article 6 of the Pierce County Charter; in the subsequent November general election the measure passed by more than 62 percent of the public vote. These amendments changed the budget cycle from an annual cycle to a biennial cycle starting Jan. 1, 2020. Pierce County will use its two-year biennial operating budget to monitor revenue and expenses, and to improve financial management and strategic planning. 


With adoption of the biennial budget the county can give greater emphasis on management and service delivery, program evaluation and monitoring, and is able to improve long-term 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.


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Contact


Paul Bocchi

Senior Budget Legislative Analyst


County-City Building

10th Floor, Rm 1046

930 Tacoma Avenue S.

Tacoma, WA 98402


Phone: 253-798-7777

Phone: 800-992-2456


Hours

Monday - Friday

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

2019 Council Budget Process

As the 2020-2021 biennial budget was drafted Council held a series of Budget Retreats for the public to attend and view the budget process.


Following the four retreats a series of Committee of the Whole meetings were held for Council to review and discuss the proposed budget before finally taking action on the proposed budget at a Nov. 18, 2019 regular Council meeting.

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.