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Biennial Budgeting

About Biennial Budgeting

All cities and towns that wish to begin budgeting on a biennial basis must pass an ordinance to that effect at least six months prior to the beginning of the fiscal biennium.The fiscal biennium is defined in the statute to mean the period from January 1 of each odd-numbered year through December 31 of the next succeeding even-numbered year. Therefore, at a minimum cities and towns wanting to begin a biennial budget must pass an ordinance no later than June 30th of an even numbered year in order to begin the succeeding odd-numbered year biennium.

Counties can start a biennial budget in any year. They are not limited to an odd-numbered year as cities are. And, their biennial budget statute gives no indication of when the ordinance or resolution providing for a biennial budget must be passed. From a practical standpoint, it probably needs to be done during the first half of the year so that departments can prepare the estimates that are due to the auditor in August.



List of jurisdictions with biennial budgets for 2015-2016

Links to the 2015-2016 biennial budgets for the cities and counties listed can be located on the Washington City and Town Profiles and the Washington County Profiles pages.


  • Auburn
  • Bainbridge Island
  • Battle Ground
  • Bellevue
  • Bellingham
  • Bonney Lake
  • Bothell
  • Burien
  • Federal Way
  • Fife
  • Hoquiam
  • Kenmore
  • Kennewick
  • Kirkland
  • Lake Forest Park
  • Lakewood
  • Longview
  • Lynnwood
  • Mercer Island
  • Mill Creek
  • Mountlake Terrace
  • Normandy Park
  • Oak Harbor
  • Redmond
  • Renton
  • Sammamish
  • SeaTac
  • Steilacoom
  • Sumner
  • Tacoma
  • Tukwila
  • Tumwater
  • University Place
  • Vancouver
  • Walla Walla
  • West Richland
  • Woodinville


  • Benton
  • Clark County
  • Cowlitz County
  • King
  • Whatcom County

Last Modified: January 08, 2016