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Published on Friday, January 23, 2015

Lively hearing on county utility tax proposal

On January 22, the House Local Government Committee heard HB 1133, authorizing counties to impose a utility tax. The testimony was long and lively, with stakeholders weighing in on both sides. AWC testified that cities and counties each are advancing a number of fiscal bills designed to help address revenue sustainability, and legislators have asked for a variety of options in finding a path to help cities and counties manage a growing demand for services and increased population.

AWC is working with the prime sponsor, the counties, and committee staff to redraft the bill to do two things: ensure it only applies in unincorporated counties and not add a layer of utility tax on top of what cities may already impose for utility services provided. Until amendments are prepared, the bill will remain in this committee.

Categories: Budget & finance