King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn is calling for audits of the King County Regional Homelessness Authority to begin next year. In a letter to King County Auditor Kymber Waltmunson, Dunn requested that the Auditor’s Office add both financial and performance audits of the Authority to the Auditor’s 2023 Work Program.
“I believe now is the appropriate time to begin assessing the financial and operational performance of the Authority,” Dunn said. “Audits now would ensure that King County and, more importantly, our tax-paying residents are getting the value promised when the Authority was established, while providing information to policy makers as we consider continued funding and allowing the ILA past the initial five-year term.”
Dunn cited KCRHA setbacks and other causes for concern that led him to suggest the audits. Some of these reasons included: a significant increase in the count of individuals experiencing homelessness in King County; delays in finalizing community partner contracts; guiding principles and mission of the interlocal agreement that established the KCRHA not being met; a major budget increase being requested by the KCRHA Board of Governors; and the lack of a five-year plan, as requested in the agreement.
“While I understand the important work that the Authority is tasked to do, I would like to see that the King County Regional Homelessness Authority has met its initial expectations and goals, as listed in the ILA, before committing to a continuation of the ILA and/or funding, let alone the significant budget increase the Authority is requesting,” Dunn said. “Most importantly, we owe it to the stakeholders, our taxpaying County residents, that current systems in place are effective and that their hard-earned money is being spent wisely.”
The King County Regional Homelessness Authority recently approved a budget requesting an additional $90 million, a 75% increase over its current budget, and has not yet completed its initial five-year plan.