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

17

Feb

2017

Proposal to restore city liquor revenue moves out of committee

The House version of AWC’s priority liquor bill, SHB 1113, moved out of committee on February 9.

17

Feb

2017

Property tax bills changing the levy limit heard this week

The Senate Local Government Committee took testimony on SB 5772 that would allow cities and counties to replace the 1 percent property tax limit with a new limit that would account for inflation and population increases.

17

Feb

2017

Fiscal flexibility bills scheduled for hearing

Two bills providing additional flexibility on local revenues will be heard this week.

17

Feb

2017

Lodging tax bill introduced

A lodging tax bill SB 5827 which would change the definition of tourist under the lodging tax statute was introduced last week.

10

Feb

2017

Local officials express overwhelming support for new limits on property tax increases

Last Friday, the House Finance Committee heard AWC’s priority bill to link annual property tax increases to inflation and population growth, HB 1764.

10

Feb

2017

Bills impacting city finances introduced

As the sixth week of session begins, there is an increase in the number of bills related to local government finances.

10

Feb

2017

Business license and tax bills to be heard in House and Senate – HB 2005, SB 5777

Two bills HB 2005 and SB 5777 were introduced in the last week that reflect several recommendations of the 2016 task force on local business tax and licensing simplification final report.

3

Feb

2017

AWC priority property tax bill gets hearing

On Friday, February 10, the House Finance Committee will hear the bi-partisan proposal to lift the one percent cap on annual property tax increases, HB 1764.

3

Feb

2017

Ask your legislator to support proposal to restore city and county liquor revenue

As we mentioned in last week’s Legislative Bulletin, slightly different proposals to restore city and county liquor revenue were introduced in the House and Senate.

27

Jan

2017

Proposal linking annual property tax increases to inflation and population growth introduced

Last week a bi-partisan proposal to lift the 1percent cap on annual property tax increases was introduced in the House, HB 1764.

27

Jan

2017

House Committee considers proposal to restore city and county liquor revenue

As we mentioned in last week’s Legislative Bulletin, slightly different proposals to restore city and county liquor revenue have been introduced in the House and Senate.

20

Jan

2017

AWC priority liquor revenue bill to be heard in House

On Monday, January 23 at 3:30 pm, the House Appropriations Committee will hear AWC’s priority liquor revenue bill, HB 1113.

13

Jan

2017

Hearings on Governor’s proposed state budget

Last week we summarized the potential impacts of the Governor’s proposed state budget on cities.

13

Jan

2017

Proposal to restore city liquor revenue introduced in House

The House version of AWC’s priority liquor bill, HB 1113, was introduced this week with a bipartisan mix of more than 35 sponsors.

6

Jan

2017

Still no agreement about how to fund basic education

As legislators return to Olympia this week, their primary objective is to pass a two-year state operating budget that fully funds basic education.
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