Photos by Olivia Sullivan/Sound Publishing

Photos by Olivia Sullivan/Sound Publishing

King County Council approves $631 million emergency COVID budget

  • Staff reports
  • Friday, May 28, 2021 12:12pm
  • News

Staff reports

The King County Council approved a seventh round of emergency funding in response to COVID-19, this time totaling more than $631 million.

The supplemental budget, funded largely by the American Rescue Plan Act, is larger than all previous King County COVID budgets combined and will provide support for a variety of services as King County looks toward recovery from the pandemic and its many collateral impacts.

These investments align with the Council’s set priorities around housing stability and homelessness services, food security and access, mental and behavioral health, economic recovery, and workforce support, childcare and access to justice.

“Today we passed the largest supplemental budget in the history of King County,” said Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles, who is also budget chair. “This is transformational — providing support for the mother struggling to provide for herchild, for the renter on the edge of eviction, for the business owner getting relief from the new BIPOC economic resiliency fund, for the survivor of sexual assault or gender-based violence seeking justice, and many, many more.”

The major spending areas include:

• Community supports (e.g. food security, rental assistance, etc.): $255 million

• Vaccination Efforts including mass vaccination sites: $117 million

• Public health response to the pandemic: $114 million

• Economic recovery, jobs: $67 million

• County operations in response to the pandemic: $41 million

• Arts, entertainment, culture and science: $36 million

Of the total, $367 million will come from King County’s allocation of ARPA funds, $16 million from the General Fund, and $249 million from various revenue sources included state and FEMA grants.

“As more people are vaccinated, it seems we may be at the beginning of the end of one of the most horrendous, unnerving, and challenging times in our history,” Kohl-Welles said. “But COVID isn’t going away completely and people in our region are still suffering, especially in communities that have been disproportionately impacted by COVID, including refugee, immigrant, and BIPOC communities. This is why today’s passage of this supplemental budget is so critical, and I am proud to have supported it.”


Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing editor@federalwaymirror.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.federalwaymirror.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) Please keep letters to 300 words or less.

More in News

File Photo
Data released on fireworks-related injuries in Washington

Last year fireworks caused $122,000 in damage.

Aladdin and Jasmine made an appearance at the July 24, 2021 Movies in the Park in Federal Way. Photo courtesy of Shelley Pauls
Free movies in the park this summer

Two movies on the calendar for July and August.

Mediterranean Gyro Grill owner Jay Barbour, right, and his restaurant manager pictured at the Taste of Federal Way in 2019. Olivia Sullivan/staff photo
Federal Way restaurant owner shot in NE Tacoma road rage incident

Mediterranean Gyro Grill owner Jay Barbour, 45, was shot in the spine; one suspect facing charges.

File photo
Boy robbed, shot near Steel Lake Park | Federal Way Police Blotter

The following is a sample from the Federal Way police log June 22-28.

Seattle Shakespeare Company photo
Summer sounds at Steel Lake Park

Upcoming free concerts and a Shakespeare play.

Photo by Bruce Honda
Here’s your go-to guide for the Red, White & Blues festival in Federal Way

The festival begins at 4 p.m. at Celebration Park.

Dr. Faisal Khan. Courtesy of King County.
Dr. Faisal Khan appointed as next King County health director

Dennis Worsham will continue to serve as interim director until September 6.

Runners cross the finish line during the annual Miles for Meso 5k on July 4 in years past. File photo
Miles for Meso 5K run/walk returns for 11th year

The running, walking, wheelchair, youth and virtual races are held Monday, July 4.

Most Read