New KC Department of Local Services

Jan 24, 2018

Updated Through December 10, 2018

October 2, 2018 — King County Executive Dow Constantine appointed John Taylor as the Director of the new Local Services Department, to commence operations January 1, 2019.  Read about this appointment here: John Taylor Appointed DLS Director .  John is well known to the GMVUAC and rural area residents for his many meetings with the Council to present and discuss the Surface Water Management Fee program.  We look forward to working with John in his new position overseeing a vast new department that will affect each and every one of us in the rural area of unincorporated King County.

PLEASE NOTE that John Taylor will be the guest speaker at our February 4, 2019, meeting.  Please visit our meeting announcement (when published) for more information.  Please come to this important meeting if you have any questions, concerns, and comments regarding this new Department of Local Services and Mr Taylor’s vision for its operation and interaction with the public.

BACKGROUND

By unanimous vote, the Metropolitan King County Council on Monday, September 17, 2018, adopted Ordinance 2018-0312 to establish the new King County Department of Local Services.  As noted in this announcement from Executive Constantine, the new department will consist of a Permitting Division for development permit reviews, code enforcement, and subarea planning; a Road Services Division with responsibility for 1,500 miles of County roads and 182 bridges; and the Community Services Area program. The new department will also contract for services from other County agencies.  The Department of Local Services will be funded with existing revenues. The Executive will propose a 2019-2020 biennial King County budget on September 24. The Council will hold hearings on the proposal and is scheduled to adopt a County budget by Thanksgiving. Once that occurs, the new department will begin operations on January 1, 2019.  With this action, King County is prepared to continue working with you on communication, outreach, and engagement with the residents of the unincorporated areas. More than 700 residents attended this year’s Community Service Area Town Hall meetings, and at four of those meetings, people were able to type their questions directly into an online application. The answers are posted to their questions on KC’s Local Services webpage – look for the yellow “Town hall Q&A’s” box on the right. Also on this page, the County’s online survey, “King County’s Local Services: What do you think?,” remains open until the end of the year, and you are asked to please share it with your neighbors so they can offer their thoughts.  Executive Constantine released a one-minute video introduction to DLS which you are welcome to share with your neighbors. The Executive is expected to name the first Director of Local Services in October.

BACKGROUND

Revised proposed legislation regarding the Department of Local Services is available for review here: KC Council – File #2018-0312 – July 9, 2018 .

King County held its annual Town Hall/Open House on May 15, 2018, at the Hobart Community Church.  Read the announcement here: KC Town Hall-Open House-Notice-05 15 2018 .

Note that legislation has been introduced to create a new DEPARTMENT OF LOCAL SERVICES that will include the DPER together with various functions of the KCDOT and KCDNRP.  Inter-agency and -department agreements are intended with the PH-SKC On Site Septic Systems Program that could result in improved performance and customer service — time will tell.  Information regarding the Local Services Initiative may be read here: Local Services Initiative_Report , and more detailed information regarding this new Department may be viewed here:  KC Exec Proposes New Dept of Local Services_01 22 2018 .  On February 13 the KC Council was briefed and presented more detailed information on this proposal, which may be viewed here: Legislation Details (With Text)   2018-B0015_Dept of Local Services   LSI GAO presentation Feb 13 . At the KC Council’s March 12, 2018, meeting, a Motion was submitted at the request of the KC Executive outlining guidance regarding the establishment of the new Department of Local Services — documents may be read here:  2018-0159 Transmittal Letter    2018-0159 Legislation Details (With Text)    2018-0159 Legislative Review Form

The GMVUAC had Harold Taniguchi present and discuss details regarding this new department at our April 2, 2018, monthly meeting. At our meeting, Mr Taniguchi advised us that the present plan is to NOT include plumbing services, onsite sewage system services, and Boeing Field airport directly in the new Department — but to have inter-agency agreements with these services that will hopefully coordinate related programs to give residents better services.

All residents are encouraged to download, complete, and send to Harold Taniguchi (contact information on form) the Local Services Initiative Questionnaire that is available here: Local Services Initiative_Questionnaire .

The GMVUAC will endeavor to keep this post updated with relevant information, including legislative text and public hearings/meetings as such becomes available.