King County Council passes its 2023-24 biennial budget

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King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn

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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

This week, the King County Council passed our 2023-24 biennial budget. This budget allocates the funding that supports County programs and services over the next two years.

I’m pleased to report that this budget maintains King County’s cash reserves and maximizes our rainy day fund. By putting aside these emergency dollars, we have a healthy financial cushion in place to safeguard against the possibility of an economic downturn in the years ahead.

I’m also proud that this budget puts much-needed funding into public safety and substance use disorder recovery—two big priorities of mine.   

Critical investments into substance use disorder recovery that I advocated for in this budget include:

In addition, nearly $30 million for the Sheriff’s Office will fund important law enforcement initiatives including:

  • $616,000 to add Major Crimes detectives to provide relief to the current staff given the high number of homicides, robberies, kidnappings, and felony assault cases
  • $1.2 million to provide training to deputies on infrequently used skills needed during high-risk encounters
  • $124,000 to restore the Marine Rescue Dive Unit
  • $1.7 million to create a Gun Violence Special Emphasis Team focused on preventing gun violence in high-risk communities

As we close out our biennial budget season, I want to say thank you to all of you who took the time to offer your comments and insights. Your engagement in the budget process helps me advocate for funding for the County services that are most important to you.

All my best,

Councilmember Reagan Dunn Signature

Reagan Dunn
King County Councilmember
District 9

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