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Published on Tuesday, November 18, 2014

House Finance Committee Meets Again to Discuss City and County Fiscal Challenges

As reported in a previous Bulletin, AWC and the Washington State Association of Counties (WSAC) have been working this interim with the House Finance Committee on ideas that could help improve city fiscal conditions. In August, AWC and WSAC each submitted a list of ideas developed through discussions with stakeholders.

On October 29, the Committee met again, and asked the two associations to outline fiscal ideas that have emerged as priorities. The city presenters included AWC Vice President and Everett City Councilmember Paul Roberts, AWC Board Member and Buckley Mayor Pat Johnson, and Longview City Manager Bob Gregory. The cities outlined three priorities:

  • Replace the 1% property tax cap with a local option that takes into consideration inflation and population growth;
  • Share the revenue generated by taxes of marijuana-related business; and
  • Maintain shared revenues.

The Committee asked a lot of good questions during the hearing, and more data may be needed relating to some of these priorities. AWC and WSAC have asked the Committee Chair to convene a smaller group to draft written ideas for discussion at the Committee’s final interim meeting in December.

Thank you to city officials who are talking with legislators about these important priorities. Please visit AWC’s Operation: Strong Cities page for resources to help with these discussions.

Categories: Budget & finance