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2019 State Shared Revenue Estimator

This tool helps cities, towns, and counties in Washington State estimate the per capita shared revenues they can expect to receive from the state government, including liquor, criminal justice, gas tax, and multimodal distributions.

It is part of MRSC's series on Budgeting in Washington State.

The numbers below reflect estimates for the calendar year 2019 budget. We are currently in the process of developing estimates for the upcoming calendar year 2020, which we expect to be available in late July of 2019.


The State of Washington shares revenues from several sources with counties, cities, and towns across the state. These revenues come from a variety of sources and are often distributed on a per capita basis, although some shared revenues are distributed according to other criteria.

In our effort to assist local governments develop their budget forecasts, we provide estimates of the per capita revenues that the state is expected to distribute to cities and counties. This tool provides an easy way for your jurisdiction to see the expected amount of state shared revenues they will receive in the upcoming budget year.

Note: This tool only estimates per capita (population-based) shared revenues. It does not estimate other shared revenues that are distributed according to other statistical factors that are not directly population-based, such as county transportation distributions or certain criminal justice revenues. For a full discussion of state shared revenues, see our annual Budget Suggestions publication.

Historic distribution amounts, back to 2013, can be found on the Washington State Fiscal Distributions to Local Entities website.


To see your jurisdiction's estimated distributions, simply select the name of your city or county from the drop-down menu. To save or print this information, click "Download" in the bottom right corner and select "PDF."

A few notes:

  • These are estimates for the upcoming calendar year based on the current state budget, the most recent population numbers, and other factors. They are not official distribution numbers.
  • We no longer provide marijuana excise tax distribution estimates. The formula depends not only on population, but also on marijuana retail sales as a proportion of total retail sales, as well as the number/total population of cities and counties that prohibit marijuana, which continues to be in flux as local governments take action on regulating or prohibiting marijuana. Funds may only be distributed to jurisdictions that do not prohibit the siting of any state licensed marijuana producer, processor, or retailer (RCW 69.50.540).
  • While the city "Criminal Justice - Population Based" funds are distributed on a per capita basis, all cities and towns receive a minimum distribution of $1,000 regardless of population size, which is factored into our calculations (RCW 82.14.330(1)(a)(ii)).
  • County liquor distributions are calculated based on unincorporated population only.
  • For the population figures, we used the April 1, 2018 OFM projections.

If you have questions or concerns about these estimates, please contact us.

Last Modified: June 17, 2019