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Published on Friday, April 18, 2014

No action on infrastructure

Several of AWC’s priorities this year related to one idea: resources and tools to finance local infrastructure. Quality infrastructure is critical to our economy, our state, and our local communities. The Legislature failed to act on any infrastructure funding proposals that were before them this session. This includes not adopting a supplemental Capital Budget – something that has not happened since 1996.

Public Works Trust Fund

During the 2013 legislative session, the Legislature swept $277 million in cash from the Public Works Assistance Account (PWAA), and diverted most of the dedicated revenue streams from the account to education funding through the 2017-2019 biennium. During 2014, Rep. Derek Stanford (D-Bothell) and Sen. Ann Rivers (R-La Center) sponsored companion bills (SHB 2244/ SB 6546) to return the diverted revenue to the PWAA at the end of this biennium. SHB 2244 passed out of the House 87-11 with bipartisan support. The Senate did not even give SHB 2244 or its Senate companion a public hearing.

Value Capture Financing

Rep. Larry Springer (D-Kirkland) introduced HB 2349 that would have authorized a variation on tax increment financing. Cities or counties could have created apportionment districts. The local government would be authorized to impose a special property tax within the apportionment district on the incremental property value increase to finance public improvements within the district. Given all the reductions in state support for local infrastructure, this would have been an important tool for local communities to finance infrastructure. This bill was heard in the House Finance Committee, but never moved farther in the process.


BillTracker AWC priority Bill # Descriptive title Final status
    E2SHB 1484 Public Works Board policies Failed
    SHB 2186/SB 5995 Allowing for on-site septic systems in urban growth areas Failed
    SHB 2224/ESSB 6020 Supplemental capital budget Failed
Major SHB 2244/SB 6546 Restoring resources to the Public Works Assistance Account beginning with the 2015-2017 biennium Failed
    SHB 2331 Requiring certified payroll records for public works projects Failed
  Other significant issue HB 2349 Authorizing value capture financing Failed
  Other significant issue ESB 2618 Adjusting bid limits for public works projects of code cites Failed
    ESB 5514 Utility rates and charges for vacant lots in manufactured housing communities Failed
    ESSB 6008 Requiring a public vote for assumption of water/sewer districts Failed
  Major SB 6120 Restoring resources to the Public Works Assistance Account beginning with the 2017-2019 biennium Failed