$1.6 billion proposed budget focusses on public safety, helping the vulnerable, protecting natural resources, strengthening our economy, and serving all residents equitably
SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash., September 26, 2023 – Today, Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers proposed the 2024 budget for Snohomish County. This budget funds all County operations from January 1, 2024, until December 31, 2024.
“We have important and exciting work to do,” said Executive Somers. “The 2024 proposed budget reflects our values and priorities, the things we hope to advance on behalf of our residents. For me, those priorities are: improving public safety; saving lives by helping our most vulnerable residents; preserving and protecting our natural resources; ensuring we grow wisely; strengthening our economy; and serving all of our community equitably.”
“We appreciate the collaboration we have with the Executive and his staff,” said Snohomish County Council Chair Jared Mead. “The Council understands the hard work that goes into balancing the County’s many priorities. We look forward to working together to approve a balanced and forward-looking budget later this year.”
“The yearly budget is the opportunity for us to shape how Snohomish County will respond to today’s needs and tomorrow’s opportunities,” said Snohomish County Council Vice Chair Nate Nehring. “The process in Snohomish County is transparent and allows us to make decisions grounded on reality.”
There are a number of innovative programs addressing issues of particular concern to the public:
In addition to these priorities, the Snohomish County budget funds the County Council, Paine Field Airport, the Departments of Emergency Management, Finance, Human Resources, Health, Human Services, Information Technology, Facilities & Fleet, Conservation and Natural Resources, Planning and Development Services, and Public Works. It also funds the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office (both law enforcement and corrections), District Court, the Hearing Examiner’s Office, the Medical Examiner’s Office, the Office of the Public Advocate, the Office of Public Defense, the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Assessor, Auditor, Clerk, Treasurer, Office of Recovery and Resilience, the Office of Social Justice, and Superior Court.
The total proposed budget including all funds is $1,660,867,136. The proposed General Fund budget is $330,146,965.
Now that the Executive has submitted his proposed budget to the Council, they will begin their process of deliberations and public hearings. The Council generally approves a budget by the end of November.