August News Update and Upcoming Events

dave upthegrove - king county council district 5

August News Update and Upcoming Events 

Bond Rating

In July, the King County Council unanimously approved our midyear budget. The midyear budget is our opportunity for adjustments. It is a chance to ensure King County is delivering public priorities, while maintaining a strong foundation of financial responsibility and restraint.

As budget chair, I am proud of our commitment to prudent stewardship of public dollars. Our careful budgeting has improved our long-term debt rating, or ‘bond rating’, to the highest AAA level by all three major rating agencies. This will allow the county to save money in loan interest, and shows that we are making strong financial decisions. 

Senior Center Funding

Senior Center

Earlier this month, senior centers across the county received funding through the Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy (VSHSL). These one-time funds will help centers attract more seniors, make facilities accessible and position them to better meet the needs of our growing senior population.

Senior centers are important community hubs, and I’m proud that in our district the Renton Senior Activity Center, the City of SeaTac Senior Program, the City of Tukwila Older Adults Program and the Des Moines/Normandy Park Senior Activity Center will benefit from a combined $273,000 in county funding.

Over the next twelve months, grant dollars will go towards facility repairs, housing stability services, meal program expansions and capital improvements, as well as outreach for the senior property tax exemption program.  

Summer Markets

This summer I have been out in the community, attending farmer’s markets and summer festivals. It’s been great to meet neighbors and new friends, and share a little about the services King County provides. 


Renton River Days

Upcoming Events in District 5

King County events and public meetings are happening across the county every day. For information on August events, visit my website for a list of opportunities to connect with resources and enjoy all that South King County has to offer.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any comments or concerns, I always appreciate hearing from you.



King County Councilmember
District 5