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

17

Jan

2014

New version of tribal property tax exemption bill heard

Yesterday morning, the House Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs Committee heard a substitute version of HB 1287, the bill that provides a property tax exemption for all tribally-owned property used for economic development.

15

Jan

2014

Legislators hear about city fiscal challenges

On Tuesday, the House Finance Committee conducted an initial hearing on local government financing.

10

Jan

2014

Sister city accounts

Soon to be introduced is a bill allowing cities and counties to create a special account for grants and donations dedicated to international relations and sister city activities.

10

Jan

2014

AWC seeks to restore local liquor profits

AWC and a number of cities are working to restore the historic sharing of liquor profits between the state, cities, and counties.

10

Jan

2014

Expanding tribal property tax exemption

Next week, the House Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs Committee will hear HB 1287, which extends the tribal property tax exemption to all tribal economic development purposes.

4

Oct

2013

Update on local liquor tax distributions

When legislators passed the state’s 2013 – 2015 biennial budget, they intended to redirect 50% of local liquor taxes to the state general fund.

3

Sep

2013

Lodging tax

The 2013 legislation that maintained most uses of lodging tax revenue, HB 1253, requires cities and counties with a lodging tax to make annual reports to the Joint Legislative Audit & Review Committee (JLARC) instead of the Department of Commerce.

3

Sep

2013

Sales tax now being collected on all residential telephone service

As we reported in our Final Bulletin, the Legislature passed a telecommunications bill with significant impacts to cities.

12

Jul

2013

Business licensing and taxes dominate municipal finance issues

During the regular session, AWC and individual cities worked to ensure local control was retained for city business licensing and taxing authority.

26

Jun

2013

Countdown to the first of July

With five days left, we remain optimistic that the Legislature will pass a state operating budget and avoid a partial government shutdown.

7

Jun

2013

Lodging tax webinar now posted

Did you miss this week’s webinar on changes to local lodging taxes?

24

May

2013

Lodging taxes: Beyond the sunset

Recent legislation preserved most of the current uses of local lodging taxes while changing awarding and reporting requirements.

12

Apr

2013

Lodging tax bill moves with amendments (again)

AWC’s priority bill that would maintain the expanded uses of lodging tax revenue, HB 1253, is eligible for a vote of the full Senate at any time.

12

Apr

2013

Don’t forget to submit lodging tax reports by May 1

Cities have been asking whether lodging tax reports need to be submitted to the Department of Commerce this year.

12

Apr

2013

Mandating city use of the state’s Business Licensing Service

This session, cities have been opposing SB 5656, which originally required cities to participate in the state’s Business Licensing Service (BLS) and was subsequently amended to give cities a choice between BLS and a city-developed licensing portal.
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