King County executive reflects on accomplishments
December 26, 2012
NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 26, 2012
King County Executive Dow Constantine reflected on the top 12 accomplishments of 2012, including same-sex marriage legalization and improvements in county agencies.
“Any list is going to be subjective, and not every story here was one that captured the public’s attention — but each held its own place in our agenda to create a sustainable government that works, and one that works for all the people,” he said in a statement. “My thanks to the work of all our departments and staff who helped make our successes possible.”
The accomplishments include the merger of once-incompatible business systems, a decision to place future schools in urban areas, procurement reforms, revitalization of Seattle’s Pioneer Square, a regional animal services contract, a voter-approved property tax levy for a juvenile criminal justice facility, a shift in the permitting office from Renton to Snoqualmie, honors for small business owners, a deal to build a sports-and-entertainment arena in Seattle, delivering a balanced budget and the acquisition of a rail corridor for Eastside rails and trails.
Constantine is poised to reflect on additional milestones and lay out the agenda for 2013 during the State of the County address Feb. 4.