My 2019-20 proposed biennial budget

Dear fellow King County employee,

King County Executive Dow Constantine

Today I transmitted my 2019-2020 proposed biennial budget to the Metropolitan King County Council.

It is a budget that tackles major issues facing our communities, including homelessness and reforming the juvenile legal system. It preserves and protects more of our region’s natural resources and beauty on land and water. It restructures county government so we can serve our customers even more effectively. And it makes sure Metro Transit continues to serve an ever-increasing number of riders.

Some of the highlights include:

  • $12 million for modular congregate shelters, micro dwelling units, and permanent supportive housing.
  • $3 million to expand Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion programs to three south King County cities to facilitate treatment and community services instead of jail for people with behavioral health challenges.
  • $170 million to control combined sewer overflows and update the long-term control plan.
  • Using new debt financing to support $148 million to protect key habitat, urban open space, and forest and farms.
  • Increasing bus service by 177,000 hours while investing in bus bases to maintain current and future fleets.

For this budget I have created a series of five short videos that tell the story of why we are making these investments, and I encourage you to watch each one:

Transmitting my proposed budget is the first step in a two-month public process, leading to Council adoption in November of a final County budget.

Thank you for your continued hard work and commitment to serving the people of King County.


Dow Constantine
King County Executive