King County Council to hold 2012 budget meeting in Kent Oct. 19

Residents will get a chance to tell the Metropolitan King County Council budget committee what they think county priorities should be in the 2012 budget.

The budget committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19 in Courtroom 3F of the Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center, 401 Fourth Ave. N., in downtown Kent.

“King County Council must adopt a balanced budget for 2012 that protects the public and preserves the most critical functions of county government,” said Councilwoman Julia Patterson, of SeaTac, chairwoman of the budget committee, in a Sept. 19 county media release to announce the meetings . “These public hearings are an opportunity for the residents of King County to make their voices heard on the issues that matter most to them.”

The council also will hold a hearing 6:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at the King County Courthouse, County Council Chambers, 10th floor, 516 Third Ave., in downtown Seattle.

Council members Kathy Lambert, Jane Hague and Joe McDermott, members of the budget leadership team, will join Patterson at the meetings.

King County Executive Dow Constantine presented his proposed $5.3 billion budget to the council on Sept. 26. Over the last two weeks, the budget committee has reviewed the proposal, which contains no cuts to the $648 million General Fund budget, more than three-quarters of which is targeted for law, justice and public safety services.


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