Open Data Portal – Exploring the election
Visit our new city election dashboard to see who won in local elections across the state, along with data on voter turnout and demographics. More
Registration for AWC’s City Action Days opens soon. Save the date!
January 24-25 | Olympia
AWC’s popular winter legislative conference is back and packed full of valuable information for cities. Attend this conference to meet with and educate legislators about city priorities, advocate for your city, discover how the legislative process works, engage in the state’s policy and budget development process, and ultimately make a difference in your community at the state level. Registration opens November 29. More
Purchase AWC webinar on new paid sick leave law
AWC recently produced and recorded a webinar that provides information on what city employers need to know about the new paid sick leave requirements that were created by the passage of Initiative 1433. Learn the key requirements of the new paid sick leave law, review a helpful compliance checklist, and understand options for modifying existing sick leave policies. More
Apply to partner in the UW Livable City Year program
The University of Washington’s Livable City Year program is currently accepting proposals from local governments to partner during the 2018-19 academic year. Municipal partners benefit from the collective research and study efforts by dedicated students and faculty members. Previously, Auburn partnered with UW where they worked on 17 projects. Now UW plans to work on 30 projects with Tacoma. Join the live webinar on December 12 to learn more. Proposals are due February 1. More
Business license workgroup
A workgroup is developing a model threshold that all cities with business licenses are required to adopt by 2019. AWC will soon be sending a survey to city finance directors requesting information on potential options and impacts for thresholds in cities. More
No CityVoice issue on November 22
There will be no CityVoice issue next week. Look for us again on November 29. Have a safe, happy, and filling Thanksgiving!
Cities 101 videos
It’s important that your community members understand what cities do. As part of Cities 101, we work to help cities and towns enhance the way they interact with their communities and legislators. That’s why we produced the Cities 101 video series. Topics include sewers, population growth, revenues and expenses, streets and the transportation system, and property taxes. Share these fun and informational videos with your community to help educate them on the importance of Washington cities! More
Control of the state Senate shifts – How might it impact cities?
Senate Democrats have regained the majority after five years of Republican control. Find out what it means for cities including the capital budget, a potential state Voting Rights Act, the McCleary fix, and Governor Inslee's plans. More
Washington Supreme Court issues McCleary ruling
The state Supreme Court issued a ruling saying that the state has not yet fully complied with the September 1, 2018 deadline to fully-fund basic education. The ruling is signed by all nine justices, and focuses largely on the salary allocation model enacted in EHB 2242. More
Ten steps to take for a successful legislative session
The 2018 legislative session is only months away. Take advantage of the interim and engage your legislators on important city issues now. Here’s a tip to get you started:
#3 Make yourself a resource for your legislators, and ask how you can support them. One way you can do this is to talk about your budget challenges. The impacts of state budget decisions on your city’s day-to-day operations are not always clear to your legislators.
- Brief your legislators on your city’s budget.
- Share your challenges and opportunities related to such things as growth, fiscal shortfalls, public safety, infrastructure, and economic development.
- Give specific examples of how actions by the state influence your budget – positively or negatively.
- Always thank them, and ask about the state’s fiscal challenges. Remind them of the importance of addressing both state and local needs.
Want more ideas? See this handy top ten list.
Tell newly-elected officials to attend Elected Officials Essentials
December 2 | 12 locations
With Election Day behind us, now is the time to invite your newly-elected (and experienced) mayors and councilmembers to attend Elected Officials Essentials. This AWC workshop covers the most critical legal and functional responsibilities of local elected office including basic legal obligations and liabilities, and statutory roles and responsibilities. Plus, this training meets the specific requirements for elected officials under the Open Government Training Act. Register now!
Small scale hydro development assistance
The Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF) seeks to support the development of small scale, low impact, hydropower resources that deliver energy to communities. BEF is accepting applications on a rolling basis to help identify and assess opportunities to add hydropower generation to existing or proposed water delivery systems. More