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Published on Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Cities talk fiscal challenges with legislators and other stakeholders

A presentation on why cities matter, why cities face growing financial challenges, and what cities need to serve their expanding population base was the topic of conversation in a recent House Finance Committee interim work group meeting. Mayor Vern Little of Lake Stevens and Finance Director Tracey Dunlap of Kirkland did a great job addressing these three topic areas to a crowd of local government stakeholders, state agency interests, and legislators. At the end of this first meeting, Chair Reuven Carlyle (D – Seattle) and attendees outlined an interim work plan to closely examine the fiscal challenges of local governments and identify potential legislative proposals for the coming year. The group is expected to meet about once a month, with sub-groups meeting more frequently.

This is a rare opportunity to have legislators and stakeholders take an exhaustive look at local funding tools, financial constraints, and obstacles to serving local communities. At the next full meeting, there will be a presentation and full examination of county fiscal challenges.

Check out the city finance presentation here.

Categories: Budget & finance