2017-Why Counties Matter

Counties are the Foundation of Our Communities

Counties in Washington State are “but arms or agencies of the state organized to carry out or perform some functions of state government.“ Washington States’ 39 counties deliver both regional and local services. Virtually all programs and services that counties deliver are required by the constitution, laws or rules of the state.

What County Government Does

StateRegional GovernmentLocal Government
Prosecuting AttorneySpecialized Law EnforcementLaw Enforcement
Public DefenderDistrict CourtRoads & Bridges
Superior CourtDomestic ViolenceLand Use Planning
Juvenile CourtMedic 1 AmbulanceZoning
JailE-911 & Central DispatchBuilding Permits
Juvenile DetentionTransit ProgramsParks & Recreation
Medical ExaminerCounty AirportsGarbage & Recycling
Mental HealthPublic Health ServicesSurface Water Management
Developmental DisabilitiesAging & Senior ServicesSewer Service
Alcoholism & Drug AbuseHousing ProgramsWater Service
ElectionsHousing Repair AssistanceWeed Control
TreasurerEnergy & Weatherization
Document RecordingVeterans Assistance
Vital StatisticsCooperative Extension
Property Tax Admin.Emergency Management
Vehicle & Marriage LicensesSearch & Rescue
Sewer Service & Treatment
Growth Management Policies
River Basin Flood Plans
Solid Waste Management
Economic Development
Tourism & Facilities
Arts Commissions
County Fair

General Fund Revenues

General Fund Expenditures

Top 3 General Fund Expenditures

  1. Law Enforcement
  2. Detention & Corrections
  3. Judicial Courts
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Josh Weiss started working in Olympia in 1998 and in addition to spending the last 8 years at WSAC, has served as nonpartisan counsel to the House of Representatives, Legislative Director for the Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Environmental Policy Director for the Washington Forest Protection Association representing private forest landowners. Josh is a graduate of Central Washington University and the Vermont Law School, and is a fourth generation Washingtonian.