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Capitol Hill Community Post | Gang unit and massive investments in housing, homeless services, and transportation headline budget

From the King County Council

The King County Council unanimously adopts the 2019-2020 county budget, a plan that includes funding to restore the Sheriff’s gang unit, $100 million for affordable housing projects, and $230 million to combat homelessness.

Today’s passage comes after nearly two months of deliberation and review of the proposal delivered from the County Executive in September. Totaling $11.7 billion dollars, the budget is headlined by an array of key measures:

  • The restoration of the gang unit, a vital law enforcement tool an communities affected by gang violence.
  • Increasing shelter space for the homeless while increasing oversight of funding for programs.
  • Taking steps to implement a low/no-cost transit fares for Metro’s lowest-income passengers with the goal of having the program in place by 2020.
  • Providing funds to help meet the region’s growing transit needs, including 200,000 hours in increased bus service throughout King County. There are also funds to study new transit options, including Seattle ferry services to and from Renton and Kenmore.
  • Examining the impact of the wastewater system on orcas and salmon.

A budget summary is attached.

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