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Published on Friday, June 12, 2015

House Finance Committee moves revised city and county fiscal sustainability proposal

As expected, HB 2156, promoting the fiscal sustainability of cities and counties, passed out of the House Finance Committee on a 13-3 bipartisan vote on Monday, June 8. The version that moved contained just four items: allowing assessments for nuisance abatement, establishing cost recovery for commercial public records requests, accepting small political subdivisions in PEBB health coverage, and modifying the annexation sales tax credit.

The section providing cost recovery for commercial public records requests was revised before moving from committee. The most significant revision authorizes local agencies to prioritize non-commercial purpose public records requests before commercial purpose requests.

At the same hearing, the committee heard, HB 2263, which contains the funding for cultural and heritage access programs in the original version of HB 2156 and a new 1/10th local option sales tax for affordable housing, mental health, and related services.

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