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Metropolitan King County Council

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Metropolitan King County Council
516 Third Ave., Rm. 1200
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: 206-296-1000
Toll Free: 800-325-6165
TTY/TDD: 206-296-1024
Fax: 206-296-0198

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Preparing for the King County Budget

With the delivery of the Executive Proposed Budget on September 22, the Council will begin its consideration of the King County Budget. The budget represents the single most important document through which the Council sets policy for county government and oversees the prioritization and delivery of critically important services.

With the presentation of the Executive’s proposed budget, we will spend the next couple of months reviewing, refining, and amending the proposed budget, with the goal of moving forward with a final vote in November.

To find out how your tax dollars are spent, take a look at the graphs below, then click here to learn more about our budget process.  

 Where your property tax dollar goes  Where your sales tax goes
property_tax_breakdown   sales tax distribution
King County is the property tax collector for all taxing districts within the county. Although you pay your property tax to King County, the County receives only about 18 cents of every dollar. The rest goes to other agencies, including 54 cents to schools. (Figures have been rounded to the nearest whole number.) King County residents pay an average sales tax of  9.5 percent. The state keeps 6.5 percent; 1.8 percent goes to Metro Transit and Sound Transit; 0.2 percent is set aside for criminal justice, and mental health and substance abuse services; and the remaining 1 percent is split between cities and the County.

 


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