Council Legislation

Proposed Ordinance No. 2021-100s2

Title: An Ordinance of the Pierce County Council Adopting the Biennial Budget of Pierce County for Fiscal Years 2022 and 2023; and Setting an Effective Date.

Status: Passed

Sponsors: Councilmembers Derek Young

Final votes

November 23, 2021
Aye Aye Nay Aye Aye Aye Aye

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Public Comments

Name Date Comment
Timothy Reynon 11/23/21 2:35 PM Chairman Young, Honorable County Council Members, haʔł sləx̌il txʷəl gʷəlapu, siʔiʔab dʔiišəd. Tim Reynon ti dsdaʔ. spuyaləpbapš čəd. Good day to you honorable and noble people, my dear people. My name is Tim Reynon. I am a Puyallup Tribal member and I am coming to you today from my home in the historical homelands of my spuyaləpbapš people. I come before you today to ask you to approve the Budget Request Application for Tahoma Community Land Trust. I have had the honor and privilege over the past 10 months to work with some amazing community leaders and staff as part of the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department’s Participatory Policymaking Co-Design Team to explore various policies and programs that are restorative, particularly for historically underrepresented communities, that empowers community, reduces stigma, and provides an opportunity to address behavioral health. Based upon our research and review of these policies and programs, we determined that community land trusts align with these values and are an effective way to address housing accessibility and affordability, especially among our low-income and marginalized communities here in Pierce County. In addition, community land trusts ensure affordability for a longer period, limits gentrification and houselessness, and builds generational wealth for families who historically have not had access to resources to do so. This is particularly true for many from our Native community here in Pierce County. Despite living on our historical homelands, many in our Native and tribal communities lack the resources and opportunities to build generational wealth through home ownership. Community land trusts provide those opportunities and resources to help marginalized communities overcome barriers to homeownership and build generational wealth. Another important feature that led us to support Tahoma Community Land Trust and the community land trust model is the importance placed on community involvement in governing the land trust. CLTs are led and governed by the very residents that live in those communities. Who knows better on how to fulfill the needs of the community than the community members themselves? Establishing and empowering community-led neighborhoods will lead to more equitable and resilient communities and that is why we support the CLT model and we urge you to do the same. Therefore, I sincerely, and humbly request that you approve Tahoma Community Land Trust’s two-year budget request so that they will have the support and funding they need to provide housing and support for our community members and assist you in your efforts to provide affordable housing opportunities for all of Pierce County’s residents. ʔəsk’ʷədiidəxʷ ćəd txʷəl gʷəlapu. I am grateful to each and every one of you. hišəbəʔ. hisk'ʷuʔ siʔiʔab dʔiišəd. Thank you honorable and noble people. Huy əxʷ ćəd. I am finished.