The Pierce County Council unanimously adopted the $2.4 billion 2020-21 biennial budget, making significant investments in public safety, human services, and parks. The budget takes effect Jan. 1, 2020, pending signature by the County Executive.
Public safety and human service funding includes, but is not limited to:
- Addition of a sheriff’s detective and sergeant positions.
- $700,000 to the safe streets program.
- $10,000 to provide housing for people experiencing homelessness in inclement weather.
- Funds for the Pierce County Sheriff to provide Naloxone training and distribution to all sheriff deputies.
The Council also provided funding in the budget to Pierce County Parks, economic development programs, and community services which includes, but is not limited to:
- Up to $425,000 for the Planning and Public Works Department to conduct solid waste community clean-up events in unincorporated urban and rural areas.
- $120,000 to the Lidford Playfield and $80,000 to Frontier Park fair buildings for maintenance improvements.
- Funding for a new part-time economic development specialist to support arts programming and creative businesses within Pierce County.
To view the budget in full, visit this website.