King County Council lists smart spending as top priority

March 17, 2011

By Staff

NEW — 10 a.m. March 17, 2011

The priorities for King County leaders for the five years include fiscal sustainability, a more responsive and transparent county government, and a focus on improving the quality of life for residents.

County Council offered unanimous approval Monday for the priorities, a list known as the Operational Strategic Plan. The goals build upon a framework established in countywide strategic plan adopted last year.

The adopted plan  lays out the council’s top priorities for the next five years: establishing policies to protect and enhance the economy, environment, health and safety county residents; maintaining and enhancing financial strength for the county; and maintaining and increasing public trust in the council and county institutions.

“One of the council’s main duties is to make sure we are spending taxpayer’s dollars responsibly,” Councilwoman Julia Patterson, Budget and Fiscal Management Committee chairwoman, said in a release. “The council’s strategic plan reflects our commitment to the oversight of the county’s finances to ensure that valuable county services are effective and cost efficient.”

The adopted plan also calls for the development of identifiable measures, so progress can be monitored and presented in quarterly reports to the public.

“The main focus on accountability in this strategic plan is a constant reminder about the imperative for government to serve its citizens in the most efficient, accessible manner,” Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, the Issaquah representative and chairwoman of the Government Oversight and Accountability Committee, said in a release. “Recently, we have expanded the use of technology to make King County government more open and accessible than ever before, and we will continue to update our procedures and practices to be responsive to the needs of the public.”

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