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

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.

16

Jun

2017

Priority property tax bill

AWC priority bill HB 1764 is another option in end-of-session budget negotiations.

16

Jun

2017

Cities support marketplace fairness and graduated REET in revenue proposals

One of the provisions that cities support in the revenue proposals HB 2186 and SB 5929 is a state version of a long-standing AWC priority, the Marketplace Fairness Act.

16

Jun

2017

More examples of impacts if the Legislature fails to adopt a budget before June 30

The state has been communicating about its contingency plan for what would happen if a budget is not in place by the start of the fiscal year July 1, which has never occurred before in our state.

8

Jun

2017

Now is a critical time to weigh in to protect infrastructure funding and other vital city priorities

Legislators still have not come to agreement on operating and capital budgets, nor have they addressed key outstanding policy issues that are important to cities and towns.

2

Jun

2017

Internet sales – city impacts of State Marketplace Fairness Act

One of the provisions that cities support in the revenue proposals HB 2186 and SB 5929 is a state version of the Marketplace Fairness Act requiring sales tax collections or reporting of customers for use taxes by internet retailers.

2

Jun

2017

Property tax bill expected to be in play in budget negotiations

AWC priority bill HB 1764, would change the annual property tax limit from one percent to a limit linked to inflation and population growth.

2

Jun

2017

Fire Insurance Premium Tax distributions

One of the issues that remains part of the budget negotiations is a change to the distribution formula for Fire Insurance Premium Tax distributions in the Senate-proposed budget.
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