This calendar shows the 2016 deadlines for each of the budget preparation steps for preparing a 2017 county budget as provided by Washington State statute.
The annual budget timeline requirements for counties in Washington are found in chapter 36.40 RCW. According to RCW 36.40.071, the board of commissioners may set alternative dates for the budget process to conform to the alternative preliminary budget hearing date of December.
We recommend that each county develop a time line that best meets the needs of the county, assures compliance with the statutes, and provides sufficient time to prepare this vital financial plan. A detailed explanation of the budget requirements, deadlines, and procedural tips are provided on Budget Preparation Procedures for Counties.
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Note: Dates shown are the statutory deadlines. RCW 36.40.010 actually provides “on or before the second Monday in July,” etc. Therefore, pursuant to statute, that step (and certain others) could be taken before the dates listed.