About the Budget Office
The Budget Office's mission is to make data-driven recommendations that support the development of a strategic, fiscally responsible, long-term county budget.
Clark County's budget process follows state requirements specified by RCW 36.40. The Board of County Councilors (BOCC) is the county's legislative authority and implements policy by allocating funding to internal service departments and offices of other elected officials. The county manager takes policy direction from the BOCC and guides the Budget Office, which is responsible for coordinating, preparing and updating the county budget. The county manager recommends to the BOCC a balanced budget that fulfills its policy direction and is within the county's available resources. Also, the county manager monitors internal service departments to ensure they adhere to their budgets.
The Budget Office monitors and forecasts revenues and expenses; provides support to departments for budget preparation and submission; manages budgeting software; develops forms and procedures as needed; and ensures compliance with state and local budget requirements. The office also provides oversight and assistance to departments and offices on behalf of the BOCC; monitors the status of revenues and expenses; monitors department compliance with state budget laws; and reports updates and findings to the county manager and BOCC, as needed. The Budget Office promotes open communication with all departments and elected officials' offices, and strives to find solutions within existing resources that comply with BOCC-directed policies and guidance.
For information about the county's current budget, call (360) 397-6097 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Requests for public records
To request public records involving the Budget Office, see the Public Records Request Portal.