I post a lot on the Blog about new businesses, job growth, and new investments in Kent.
Those are good news stories on their own but there’s also good news stories behind those stories.
Besides providing great places to go out and eat and enjoy time with friends and family, economic vitality contributes to the City’s tax base which allows the City to turn around and provide some financial assistance for program areas that can make a difference in people’s lives but have limited funding.
We don’t look at economic development as the end goal as much as it is also the means by which the community can have the opportunity to invest in services that are in high demand but struggle with funding.
In Kent’s strategic plans dating back over 25 years the Kent community has always placed a high value on helping people in need. That’s a great aspiration but affording it on a fixed budget is difficult.
Local social service agencies have stepped in to fill a big part of the gap but there’s always more needs than resources to fulfill those needs.
Thankfully, as the City’s economic base has grown, it has reduced some of the day to day stress on the budget and as a result the City is able to allocate funding to assist people in need through local service agencies.
Here’s a summary of the 2018 City Social Service Funding: