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

30

Jan

2015

Authorizing state audits of data storage and management practices

This week, the House General Government & Information Technology Committee heard HB 1008, authorizing the State Auditor to conduct audits of a state or local government’s data management and storage practices and requiring state agencies and local governments to report computer breaches to the Auditor.

30

Jan

2015

Reducing the frequency of local sales tax changes

On Monday, the Senate Ways & Means Committee will hear SB 5511, which would reduce the number of times per year local governments can change their sales tax rates.

30

Jan

2015

Allowing counties to retain a portion of property taxes collected

SB 5677 would allow county treasurers to retain a portion of the property taxes collected on behalf of cities, local schools, and junior taxing districts to defray the cost of collecting the tax.

23

Jan

2015

Reinstating city liquor revenue

This week AWC’s priority bill to reinstate the historic liquor profit sharing formula between the state, counties, and cities was introduced (HB 1517).

23

Jan

2015

Lively hearing on county utility tax proposal

On January 22, the House Local Government Committee heard HB 1133, authorizing counties to impose a utility tax.

23

Jan

2015

House finance to hear bills on EMS levies and parks

Next week, the House Finance Committee will consider two bills with potential impacts to cities.

16

Jan

2015

Cities & counties comment on Governor’s budget proposal

This week, legislative fiscal committees heard Governor Inslee’s budget proposal.

16

Jan

2015

County utility tax authority proposal

Next week, the House Local Government Committee is scheduled to hear HB 1133, which would allow counties to impose a utility tax on electricity, natural gas, sewer, cable, solid waste, water and telephone.

9

Jan

2015

Governor’s budget proposal scheduled for hearings

The 2015 legislative session gets underway Monday.

9

Jan

2015

Is your city ready to report 2014 lodging tax uses?

AWC has updated its lodging tax resource page.

19

Dec

2014

Governor releases budget proposal

On Thursday, Governor Inslee released his operating budget proposal for the 2015-17 biennium, which funds state operations from July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2017.

18

Nov

2014

Get Ready for Online Lodging Tax Reporting

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.

18

Nov

2014

House Finance Committee Meets Again to Discuss City and County Fiscal Challenges

As reported in a previous Bulletin, AWC and the Washington State Association of Counties (WSAC) have been working this interim with the House Finance Committee on ideas that could help improve city fiscal conditions.

17

Oct

2014

Update on the Multi-City Business Licensing and Tax Portal – FileLocal

Several cities have asked about the status of FileLocal, the local business license and tax payment portal.

19

Sep

2014

Online Lodging Tax Reporting Coming Soon

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.
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