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

8

Jul

2014

City Revenue Discussions Continue

AWC and the Washington State Association of Counties (WSAC) continue to lay out the “problem statement” with legislators about why current revenue is inadequate to serve growing populations and the subsequent demand for services.

30

Apr

2014

Cities talk fiscal challenges with legislators and other stakeholders

A presentation on why cities matter, why cities face growing financial challenges, and what cities need to serve their expanding population base was the topic of conversation in a recent House Finance Committee interim work group meeting.

18

Apr

2014

No changes to city business licensing and taxing this year

Since this was the second year of the biennium, legislative proposals from the 2013 session were eligible to be revived and advanced.

21

Mar

2014

Tribal property tax exemption passes

The bill establishing a property tax exemption for all tribally owned property used for economic development passed both chambers and awaits the Governor’s signature. 

28

Feb

2014

Senate and House release budget proposals

This week, the Senate released and passed their supplemental state budget.

21

Feb

2014

Making changes to voter approval rates for fire benefit charges

The legislature recently reduced the voter approval threshold for emergency services levies from 60 percent to a majority approval.

21

Feb

2014

No movement on EMS levy bill

Last week we predicted that HB 2428, which makes changes to EMS levy approvals, would pass the House before the February 18 deadline. It did not and is likely dead for the session.

21

Feb

2014

Tribal property tax exemption bill moves to Senate

As our Bulletin was being sent to your inbox last Friday, the House passed the bill exempting from property tax all tribally owned property used for economic development, HB 1287.

19

Feb

2014

Forecast predicts little new revenue for state, marijuana revenue beginning next biennium

This morning the Washington State Economic and Revenue Forecast Council gave their quarterly briefing to legislators on the revenue forecast for the remainder of this biennium (ending June 30, 2015) and the next biennium (July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2017).

14

Feb

2014

EMS levy approval

Last week, we told you about HB 2428, changing the requirement that a county get approval from each city with a population greater than 50,000 before placing a countywide EMS levy on the ballot.

14

Feb

2014

Tribal property tax exemption eligible for House floor vote

The House version of the bill providing a property tax exemption for all tribally-owned property used for economic development, HB 1287, remains eligible for a vote by the full House.

7

Feb

2014

EMS levy approval

The House Finance Committee is considering a bill, HB 2428, that would make two changes to Emergency Medical Services levies.

7

Feb

2014

Tribal property tax exemption

This week, the Senate Governmental Operations Committee passed a substitute version of SB 6162, providing a property tax exemption for all tribally owned property used for economic development, and the bill has been referred to the Senate Ways & Means Committee.

7

Feb

2014

Extending the annexation sales tax credit

Last week we wrote about HB 2681, which extends the annexations sales tax credit to annexations commencing by January 1, 2017.

31

Jan

2014

Extending the annexation sales tax credit

On Monday, the House Local Government Committee will hear HB 2681, extending the annexation sales tax credit to annexations commencing by January 1, 2017.
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