skip navigation
Share this:

2021 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 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 (population) 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.

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

Important Notes

Before using this tool, please read the following information:

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.

These figures are point-in-time estimates only. These projections reflect our best information for the upcoming calendar year and are updated at the end of July each year when we publish Budget Suggestions. This information is based on the current state budget, the most recent population numbers, state revenue forecasts, and other factors. They are not official distribution numbers.

Some of these distributions are relatively stable and are not likely to change much unless there is new legislation. However, other distributions may fluctuate. In particular, gas tax (MVFT) and liquor excise revenues depend on actual gallons sold at the pump and actual liquor sales, which are impacted by economic conditions, weather disruptions, and other factors. To mitigate these fluctuations, consider reviewing the state's quarterly Transportation Revenue Forecast (for MVFT distributions to cities and counties) and Revenue Forecast (for a glimpse at overall liquor revenues).

We do not 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).

Other miscellaneous notes:

  • All cities and towns receive a minimum distribution of $1,000 for "Criminal Justice - Population" regardless of 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 city and county population figures, we use the most recent April 1 OFM population projections, adjusted to reflect any new annexations that occurred between April 1 and June 30.

Estimate Your Shared Revenue Distributions

After reading the "Important Notes" section above, simply select the name of your city or county from the drop-down menu below to view your jurisdiction's estimated per capita distributions. To save or print this information, click "Download" in the bottom right corner and select "PDF."

Excel spreadsheet option: As an alternative to the data visualization tool below, we have also compiled these estimates into a downloadable Excel spreadsheet.

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

Last Modified: April 02, 2021