New public records laws and what you need to know
If you missed our sold-out public records webinar on July 17, it’s now available as an eLearning opportunity on our website. Hear AWC, MRSC, and WSAC staff discuss the new public records laws, legislative background, charging electronic fees, data tracking requirements, the process for clarifying requests, bot requests, training requirements, and other frequently asked questions. More
Check out AWC’s CPI data
The consumer price index (CPI) is the most widely used measure of consumer price inflation. The CPI measures the average change over time in the prices paid by urban consumers for goods and services. Policymakers monitor CPI to gauge the impact of inflation on the spending power of their residents, and some use CPI data to help set employee salaries. As a service to our members, AWC maintains a multi-year table of CPI data. More
Seeking nominations for public works awards
The Infrastructure Assistance Coordinating Council (IACC) is seeking nominations for outstanding achievement in public works projects throughout the state. Has your city completed a recent project? Consider applying. Deadline is September 8. Awards will be presented at the IACC Conference in Wenatchee on October 25. More
Mastering the budget process
An operating budget is a reflection of a city’s priorities and policies, a legal authority for city officials to incur and pay expenses, a system for allocation of funds to different areas, and a document that establishes control over how much money may be spent. Refresh your understanding of budgeting with this month’s installment of the Small City Resource Manual: Chapter 6.
The Small City Resource Manual was developed to make life a little easier around city hall, especially for cities of fewer than 5,000 people. Each chapter tackles a different topic and includes relevant resources you may also find helpful. We’ll feature other chapters in the coming months or you can review the manual in its entirety here.
Capital budget and water come down to the wire
The two remaining issues of the 2017 legislative session are still unresolved as legislators rush to find common ground before the end of the third special session on July 20. House and Senate negotiators are meeting on the Hirst water issue that is holding up the state’s capital budget, but as of press time have not come to an agreement. There are serious doubts whether the Legislature would enter a fourth special session to address these issues, so time is running out to find agreement. AWC will continue to update you as these issues evolve. Read our July 12 article about the negotiations and messages you can share. More
New broadband infrastructure is coming. Is your city ready?
July 26 | Webinar
Catch this webinar to prepare for the rollout of new broadband infrastructure. The broadband industry will invest billions of dollars in the coming years to meet the growing demand for faster internet. Find out about the permitting process, adopting new codes, educating city officials and staff, and legislative information. More
MRSC’s understanding property tax in Washington State
August 16 | Webinar
Washington State’s property tax is one of the most complicated in the country. If you’ve ever wondered how Washington’s property tax works, how limitations affect local governments, and what property tax revenue options are available to your jurisdiction, then this webinar is for you! More