This week Council heard from the remaining county departments about their proposed budgets, budget requests and had the opportunity to ask questions of department directors and leaders. Topics included Finance and IT and a review of the Sheriff’s Department budget, including the Corrections Bureau.
The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department also presented about its budget process and reviewed its requested funding.
At the end of the week Council reviewed ordinance 2021-102, which proposed a 15.5% fare increase in 2022 and 2023 for Pierce County ferry users. Council ultimately adopted an amendment to the proposal that reduced the fare increase from 15.5% to an amount that reflects the inflation that occurred since the last time ferry fares were adjusted, which was January 2016.
If you missed any of the conversation you can watch the meetings at the links below.
Next week marks the final week of Council discussion around building the budget. It is anticipated Council will hold its first reading of the proposed budget at its Nov. 16, 3 p.m. regular meeting. This will be the public’s first opportunity to comment on the document. Final adoption is expected Nov. 23.
Below is a list of the remaining Committee of the Whole meetings planned for next week to review budget-related items. Join the meetings via Zoom.
- Tuesday, Nov. 9
- 9:30 a.m.: Review 2021-115 establishing a limited duration utility infrastructure partnership program, and 2021-94, an ordinance adopting the 6-year Transportation Improvement Program and 14-year Ferry Program.
- Wednesday, Nov. 10
- 9:30 a.m.: Review 2021-110s, an ordinance adopting the “Pierce County Capital Facilities Plan- 2022 Amendments.”
- Friday, Nov. 12
Visit the Council’s Budget and Priorities website to see the full meeting schedule and to find additional information about the 2022-2023 Biennial Budget planning process.