King County Council sets priorities

May 4, 2010

By Staff

Officials want county government to protect public health and safety, enhance residents’ quality of life and earn the trust of constituents, King County Council members decided April 19.

The council adopted a “21st Century Governance” motion last week to track 45 actions the county plans to complete or begin by December. Find the progress report here.

Councilwoman Kathy Lambert — who represents Issaquah and other parts of the Eastside on the council — cosponsored the motion.“This list of priorities specifically calls out King County’s dual roles as a regional and local service provider and highlights our commitment to leadership in partnership with other cities and agencies on issues such as jails, animal services and emergency management,” she said in a statement. “This includes providing essential government services to the unincorporated areas of King County that depend upon us for their municipal services such as public safety, roads and land use.”

The scorecard will monitor policy goals established by the council as key priorities. The council hopes to increase trust in government by making county government more transparent, accountable and accessible; and provide financial stewardship by exercising sound financial management and adopting a balanced budget. Other goals include better relationships with local governments and community organizations. Officials also reiterated their commitment to economic development and the environment.

The priorities set by the council complement the strategic plan laid out by County Executive Dow Constantine. The plan will set the direction for county government during the next five years, and will be completed by the end of the year.

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