Focus on public safety, including fentanyl crisis, behavioral health, housing affordability, and climate resilience
SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash., September 27, 2022 – Today, Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers presented his proposed budget for 2023. He focused investments on public safety, including increasing pay for deputies, behavioral health, homelessness, housing affordability, climate resilience, and efforts to improve equity. The Executive’s proposed budget includes $80 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act spending.
“The 2023 budget is truly an historic opportunity for transformative change,” said Executive Somers. “We have bold proposals that can have a significant impact on reducing crime, improving the quality of life of our residents, and preparing for the challenges that are coming from climate change. With the help of one-time federal funding supplementing our own spending, we are looking to make strategic, long-term investments to address challenges and take advantage of opportunities.”
Some of the specific proposals include:
“There are tremendous needs across the County, and I believe we have provided a balanced, responsible path forward in our spending,” said Executive Somers. “We are taking great care with these public funds, since people work very hard for their money. I have no doubt that this budget is one of the best we’ve ever had for addressing short term challenges and also investing in long term strategies to preserve our quality of life, environment, and economy.”
“I appreciate the hard work the Executive team put into the 2023 budget proposal, and I look forward to working with my Council colleagues to consider and approve next year’s budget,” said Snohomish County Council Chair Megan Dunn. “We look forward to beginning the Council portion of the process which includes hearing from county departments, independently elected County leaders and our community. In the coming months, we’ll have a transparent process to allow input towards a budget that reflects our collective values.”
The total proposed General Fund budget for 2023 is $315,901,047. The total for all funds is $1,517,046,604.
You can access the Executive’s full speech and the online budget here: Budget Division | Snohomish County, WA - Official Website (snohomishcountywa.gov).