You may recall that about the time The Office's Michael Scott's own miscalculations forced him to negotiate his job back at Dunder-Mifflin, King County found itself in the same position, using the same bluffing strategies to try to get a larger-than-originally-agreed-upon share of a federal criminal justice grant. It was true brinkmanship: If the county and cities couldn't agree on the distribution, no one would get any money.
Well, today the various municipalities agreed to terms. King County was originally slated to get a little over $400,000, but it said it wanted $2 million. It basically split the difference, ending up with $1.3 million. Not a bad start for Mr. Triplett. (Still, by contrast, Scott was able to get his job back, get Stringer Bell fired, and add Pam and Ryan to the sales staff.)
Seattle/King County joint press release on the agreement after the jump:
Cities and King County reach agreement on how to split federal stimulus funding
SEATTLE -- King County and 18 of its cities have reached agreement on the allocation of a $4.9 million federal stimulus grant awarded earlier this year. These Department of Justice's Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program funds are available for state and local law enforcement and criminal justice assistance. The federal procedure for allocating JAG grants is based on a formula of population and violent
crime statistics. In some cases local jurisdictions have to decide the funding split themselves, as was the case here.
King County will receive $1.3 million. Seattle will receive $2 million, 3.7 percent of which will support grant administration by Seattle on behalf of all recipients. Seventeen cities will receive allocations ranging from $11,000 to $307,000:
? Auburn $161,101
? Bellevue $96,935
? Bothell $21,192
? Burien $103,999
? Covington $20,800
? Des Moines $64,755
? Federal Way $183,079
? Kenmore $16, 875
? Kent $307,485
? Kirkland $45,524
? Maple Valley $11,185
? Redmond $44,739
? Renton $143,245
? SeaTac $83,396
? Shoreline $74,566
? Tukwila $104,980
? Woodinville $12,755
"I want to thank the Obama Administration for recognizing the need in local jurisdictions for additional criminal justice money," said King County Executive Kurt Triplett. "I also want to thank our regional partners for working together to decide how best to use this funding."
"We appreciate the help President Obama's stimulus funds provide. This money will go a long way to help make our cities safer and the work the cities did to reach this agreement strengthens our regional partnerships," said Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels.
"Representing both the city of Burien and the King County Police Chiefs Association receiving the JAG funds, I am pleased with the collaborative efforts to secure this much- needed funding to address the public safety issues in our communities and on a regional level," said Burien Police Chief Scott Kimerer, chair of the King County Police Chiefs Association.
The agreement reflects the cities' contributing 10 percent of their initial allocations to King County plus an additional $450,000 from Seattle in recognition of the county's costs associated with operating the court, prosecution, and jail systems for felons.
JAG Program funds can be used for a variety of efforts, such as law enforcement programs, prosecution and court programs, prevention and education programs, and drug treatment programs. In addition to program-specific efforts, projects funded under the Recovery Act should be designed to further one or more of the general purposes of the Act. These include preserving and creating jobs to promote economic recovery, assisting those most impacted by the recession, and stabilizing state and local government budgets
to avoid reductions in essential services.