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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.

21

Jul

2017

Marketplace fairness and streamlined sales tax mitigation estimates updated

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

7

Jul

2017

Where to get more information on the McCleary education funding agreement

HB 2242 provided the majority of the framework for the McCleary fix that has been the primary issue of the 2017 session.

7

Jul

2017

Property tax bill not addressed in budget negotiations

While the Legislature changed the state property taxes as part of the funding sources for the McCleary “fix” for schools, we were disappointed that the budget proposal did not include a new local option to allow cities or counties to increase property taxes greater than one percent, or any other new “cap.”

7

Jul

2017

Long-standing AWC priority marketplace fairness act passes as part of budget revenue package

EHB 2163 passed on the last day of session with several pieces of provisions that cities supported in the previous revenue proposals HB 2186 and SB 5929, including passage of a state version of a long-standing AWC priority, the Marketplace Fairness Act.

30

Jun

2017

Cities fare well in adopted 2017-19 state operating budget

On the final day of the state’s fiscal year, and 175 days after coming to Olympia in January, legislators adopted an operating budget, thus avoiding a state government shutdown.
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