Budget Priorities Survey
Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier is preparing the 2024-25 biennial budget proposal for submission to the County Council for consideration in September. Similar to many other counties in Washington State, Pierce County’s costs are increasing faster than its revenues. The County projects it will need to reduce its planned general fund spending by $20 million each year – roughly 5% of the general fund budget – to maintain financial stability and avoid substantial cuts or tax increases in future years.
Given this reality, County leaders will face some difficult decisions in balancing the budget. To balance the budget in a way that speaks to the needs of the community, the Executive and County Council want to hear from you about your priorities and needs now and into the future.
Explore this online open house by moving through each station below to learn more about the budgeting process and contribute your feedback by clicking on the button “provide feedback” which will take you to an external survey.
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Pierce County Overview
As a resident of Pierce County, you are one of 937,400 people, and live in the second largest county in Washington. You may be one of the 47.3% who live in rural Pierce County or the 52.7% of Pierce County residents live in cities and towns.
From our world-class healthcare to our school districts and transportation, learn why Pierce County is a great place to live. Our unique combination of urban and rural areas create the perfect place to call home.
Pierce County operates on a biennial budget – proposing and adopting a two-year budget which is monitored and adjusted, as needed, throughout the biennium. The budget includes funding for all the services the County provides and aligns with the County’s mission of building strong communities. The General Fund is the primary County operating fund that accounts for all general government revenues and spending, except those required to be accounted for in another fund type. The General Fund is also the primary fund that will be reduced in the upcoming biennial budget.
Scroll down to learn more about how the budget is organized by fund and strategic priority. Click the strategic priority headings on the left to learn more about what types of services the County’s budget funds.
All counties across the state need to determine the priorities by which they allocate their limited resources. The areas below support Pierce County residents and are funded by many of the different funding sources noted above.
The primary County operating fund that accounts for all general government revenues and spending, except those required to be accounted for in another fund type. The General Fund is also the primary fund anticipated for reductions in the upcoming biennial budget.
Special Revenue Funds
Accounts for and reports the proceeds of specific revenue sources that are generally legally restricted to expenditure for specific purposes other than debt service or capital projects. Examples include: a fund for the County fair; and a fund for community block grants.
Capital Project Funds
Accounts for acquisition, construction, and remodeling of major capital facilities and for major capital equipment purchases. Examples include: a new bridge, or a new wastewater treatment plant.
Debt Service Funds
Accounts for the accumulation of resources for payment of principal and interest on County general obligation bonds.
Internal Service Funds
Accounts for centralized services provided to other County departments or agencies on a cost reimbursement basis.
Accounts for various business-type activities for which a fee is charged to external users for services such as sewer utilities, solid waste collection, ferry and airport operations, and public golf courses.
This year, we are seeking feedback on the budget before the Executive submits it to the Council. As you can see below, there will also be opportunities for public input during the process when the County Council considers the Executive’s proposed budget.
The following resources provide additional information about the 2022-2023 Adopted Biennial Budget, and links to Open Budget and Open Pierce County for the most up-to-date information.