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Welcome to AWC’s online library of Legislative Bulletin and CityVoice news articles and other updates.

13

Nov

2017

Capital budget remains locked up

Unfortunately, we do not have promising news to report on the capital budget front.

13

Nov

2017

Business license workgroup

The city workgroup developing the city business license model threshold required to be completed by July 1, 2018 under EHB 2005 has continued to meet.

13

Nov

2017

Business license portal participation

EHB 2005 requires all cities with business licenses to partner with either the state’s online business license service for business license administration by 2027 or the city-operated FileLocal system for local tax and license administration by 2020.

13

Nov

2017

Apportionment workgroup

The final workgroup created by EHB 2005 is a task force of city and business representatives to evaluate the two-factor apportionment formula for service-income for local B&O taxes and to recommend changes to RCW 35.102.130 by November 2018.

13

Nov

2017

Streamlined sales tax studies

EHB 2163 imposes new requirements on more out-of-state internet retailers to collect sales tax or report customer sales, and notify customers for use tax purposes.

6

Oct

2017

Washington State Supreme Court hearing to review state’s McCleary case progress scheduled for Oct. 24

The 2017-19 operating budget and the school funding bill HB 2242 were the major pieces of the framework for the McCleary fix that was the primary issue of the 2017 session.

6

Oct

2017

City-County Assistance Account 2018 estimates released

The Department of Revenue recently released its estimates of city-county assistance for distributions that will be made in 2018 under ESSB 6050.

6

Oct

2017

Task force on business licenses

The AWC business licensing model threshold workgroup created by EHB 2005 will be meeting later this week to hear about the model threshold from the business perspective, and to review some research on city business license systems and examples of thresholds in cities.

6

Oct

2017

B&O tax apportionment task force meeting update

The Department of Revenue task force to recommend changes to the two-factor formula for service income apportionment for local B&O taxes continues to meet monthly through July 2018.

6

Oct

2017

Streamlined sales tax (SST) mitigation committee input needed

EHB 2163 included a state version of a long-standing AWC priority, the Marketplace Fairness Act (internet sales tax) that takes effect on January 1, 2018.

8

Sep

2017

Capital budget update

The stalemate continues around the capital budget and the water availability legislation that the Senate is insisting on.

8

Sep

2017

Task forces on business licenses and B&O tax apportionment begin work

The task forces created by EHB 2005 had their first meetings in August.

14

Aug

2017

Several city priorities addressed in 2017-19 operating budget & revenue package, including internet sales tax, but disappointing outcome on property tax cap

After two special sessions and a new revenue forecast that did not bring much change, it was a relief when the Legislature enacted a new 2017-19 operating budget that provided state shared revenues historically distributed to cities such as liquor revenues, fire insurance premium tax, and funding for the Municipal Research and Services Center (MRSC).

21

Jul

2017

JLARC lodging tax report

On July 19, the Joint Legislative Audit & Review Committee (JLARC) heard a presentation on the use of lodging taxes by cities and counties in 2016.

21

Jul

2017

Implementation of business license bill

EHB 2005 took effect on July 23, 2017.
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