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October 8, 2020


Photo by Anna Stoffel on Unsplash

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

As a longtime Seattle resident, I felt a wave of nostalgia upon learning today that the Pink Elephant Car Wash is closing after I found out yesterday that Bartell Drugs - a local chain with a 130-year history here - has been bought out.  This has certainly been a year of shocking events, and we have all been forced to remember the importance of flexibility and resiliency in living our lives. 

The same lessons apply to government.  The Council has started the process of reviewing the Executive’s proposed biennial budget at a time when the economy is in recession and the reliability of federal funding is uncertain.  As Budget Chair, I am mindful of the enormous demand for County services, and the imperative to make sure funds go where they are most needed.  Please see below for more details on the budget process and opportunities for public input. 

As always, I would like to hear from you. You can call me at 206-477-1004 or you can reach me by email at jeanne.kohl-welles@kingcounty.gov. 

All the best and I hope you are staying safe.