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

18

Apr

2014

No action on infrastructure

Several of AWC’s priorities this year related to one idea: resources and tools to finance local infrastructure.

9

Apr

2014

What is happening with the Public Works Trust Fund?

Are you confused that the Public Works Board is soliciting applications for Public Works Trust Fund (PWTF) loans after you had heard that the money for the PWTF had been swept by the legislature?

21

Mar

2014

Legislature fails to make new investments in infrastructure

City infrastructure needs are great and investment in local infrastructure creates jobs and promotes economic development.

28

Feb

2014

Public Works Trust Fund bill – Still not scheduled for public hearing

SHB 2244, the bill that restores diverted revenues to the Public Works Assistance Account at the end of this fiscal biennium, passed the House on February 18, but has still not been scheduled for a public hearing in the Senate Ways & Means Committee.

28

Feb

2014

Bill would impact cities’ utility rate authority for manufactured housing communities

ESB 5514 specifies that “A city, town, or metropolitan municipal corporation may not charge rates, charges, non-capital fees, or other costs for any vacant lot in a manufactured housing community while the lot is vacant unless the lot is receiving individually water, light, power, or heat services or the landlord voluntarily elects to continue the rates, charges, non-capital fees, or other costs during the period the lot is vacant.”

19

Feb

2014

House passes bill to restore revenues for Public Works Assistance Account – Now it’s time to contact your Senators

Yesterday afternoon the House passed SHB 2244 which would restore revenues for the Public Works Assistance Account beginning July 1, 2015.

14

Feb

2014

Water/sewer district assumption bill clears Senate Rules Committee

SB 6008, opposed by AWC, would require a public vote of an entire water-sewer district when cities exercise their authority to assume all or a portion of a district.

12

Feb

2014

Public Works Trust Fund bill passes out of Committee – contact your Representatives now to keep it moving

SHB 2244 returns diverted revenues to the Public Works Trust Fund beginning with the 2015-17 biennium.

7

Feb

2014

Public Works Trust Fund bills move out of committee

After the impressive city presence at the hearing on Rep. Derek Stanford’s (D-Bothell) HB 2244, the House Capital Budget Committee passed the bill out of committee and it is now in the House Appropriations Committee.

31

Jan

2014

Cities tell the story of the Public Works Trust Fund

City officials from across the state testified in favor of HB 2244 and HJR 4215 in the House Capital Budget Committee on January 30.

31

Jan

2014

Septics in Urban Growth Areas

On January 27 the House Local Government committee passed an amended version of HB 2186 relating to on-site septic systems in urban growth areas.

24

Jan

2014

House committee to hold hearing on Public Works Trust Fund bills

On Thursday, January 30 at 1:30pm the House Capital Budget Committee will hold a hearing on HB 2244 sponsored by Rep. Stanford (D-Bothell).

24

Jan

2014

Value capture financing bill gets hearing in House

One of the key ways local governments can promote economic development and support local economies is to provide quality infrastructure.

24

Jan

2014

Sewers vs septics in UGAs

Rep. Takko (D-Longview) and Sen. Angel (R-Port Orchard) both have bills (HB 2186 and SB 5995) dealing with cities who exercise their authority to require homeowners with failing septic systems to hook onto public sewer systems.

17

Jan

2014

Public Works Assistance Account or Public Works Trust Fund? What's in a name?

As conversations continue on how to restore funding to the Public Works Trust Fund (aka the Public Works Assistance Account) we are often asked – what should we call it when we are communicating with legislators.
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