Budget & Finance

The Budget and Finance Department provides accurate and reliable financial information on a timely basis. The financial integrity of our agency is imperative to South Sound 911’s success in carrying out its mandate to the citizens and the agencies we serve.

Our financial responsibilities include financial statement preparation and reporting, financial analysis and projection, accounts payable, accounts receivable, grant accounting, payroll, and purchasing. 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

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.

Budget

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 Public Safety Communications Center. 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 2018 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.

Auditing

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.