Budget & Finance

The financial integrity of the agency is imperative to South Sound 911’s success in carrying out its mandate to the citizens and the agencies we serve.

The Budget & Finance department’s responsibilities include financial statement preparation and reporting, financial analysis and projection, accounts payable, accounts receivable, grant accounting, payroll and benefits, and purchasing, as well as the processing of personnel actions, such as new hires, reclassifications, merit increases and employment verification. South Sound 911’s finances are reviewed on a continuous basis, and frequent analysis is done to provide feedback on both revenue and expenditures.


Purchasing involves the acquisition of equipment, contractual services, and supplies within pre-established budgetary constraints. South Sound 911 strives to ensure the procurement process is fair, competitive and efficient, and will post open contracting opportunities on the Solicitations & Bids page. Instructions and related/required standard documents are available on the Purchasing page.

Employment Verification

Employment verification requests must include the employee’s signed authorization. Please fax the signed authorization and verification of employment documents to 253-287-4822. Faxing is the preferred method, but you may also attach the documents and send by email to Payroll&Benefits@southsound911.org. Please do not leave a voicemail message requesting a return call to verify employment. All faxed and email requests will be processed as soon as possible.


The annual budget discloses South Sound 911’s financial needs and resources, including salaries and benefits, capital and operating expenditures, allocation revenue, public service counter revenue, and revenue generated from current sales tax initiatives.

For instance, in 2018, South Sound 911’s budget includes $16.5 million in sales tax revenue, which funds the Regional Radio Network and the design and construction of the new facility. Additionally, the agency receives its share (approximately $2 million) from the E-911 tax collected through phone bills, as well as allocation revenue from the agencies served by South Sound 911. For more information, please see the 2022 annual budget.

Current and historical budget information can be found in the Archive.

Partner police and fire agencies pay for services provided by South Sound 911 through cost allocation. The cost allocation model is a valuable cost-sharing tool which ensures fair and equitable charges to the partner agencies.  All of the participating agencies are billed on the level of service they receive. This “fair share” cost allocation model is updated on an annual basis and uses distinct methodology for each operational division.

Emergency Communications Sales Tax

In November 2011, the citizens of Pierce County approved Proposition 1, which increased retail sales and use tax by 0.1% for emergency communications. The tax sunsets in December 2036 and was established to upgrade countywide radio systems and construct a regional communications facility for 911. Since the tax was implemented, it has supported other regional capital projects to improve public safety communications and offset operational costs funded by the police and fire departments throughout Pierce County. See South Sound 911’s Tax Accountability Detail  report for more information.


Requirements for governmental accountability include periodic financial audits, compliance audits, and single audits triggered by federal grants. South Sound 911 undergoes regular audits conducted by the Washington State Auditor’s Office.