At the Pierce County Council meeting today the 2017 supplemental budget was approved by a unanimous 6-0 vote. I congratulate the Council for its work to move a number of key initiatives forward for the benefit of our residents.
We are eager to begin implementing programs to strengthen and support the behavioral health of our community. Those programs include an increase in mobile resources to respond to people in crisis, and financial support for the Alliance for South Sound Health hospital currently under construction.
The supplemental budget also includes funds to develop a 16-bed facility in partnership with the State of Washington to provide evaluation and stabilization for behavioral healthcare clients.
With these initiatives we will be able to care for individuals with immediate, short-term and longer-term care needs.
The budget also funds important enhancements to our work in economic development. We want to make Pierce County an even better place to start and grow a business. Making it easier and faster to get permits is a key step in attracting more businesses and creating more jobs for our residents.
In addition to those priorities, the supplemental budget places an emphasis on youth and veteran homelessness, public safety, and abatement of nuisance properties.
I’m grateful to the members of the Council for their partnership and collaboration over the last several weeks as we worked through enhancements and revisions to the original supplemental budget introduced at my State of the County address in March. Together, we are creating a stronger, more vibrant Pierce County!
Libby Catalinich, Pierce County Communications Director