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Budget Suggestions for 2016

This publication contains budget calendars for cities and counties; summaries of 2015 legislation; revenue and inflation forecasts; and articles for those interested in city and county financial issues.

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Accessory Dwelling Units

A report to help local officials as they consider proposals to allow ADUs in their communities. Includes discussion of potential benefits, policy issues and options, as well as a discussion of common zoning regulations. Sample ordinance language is included. October 1995.

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Annexation by Washington Cities and Towns

This publication provides an in-depth review of annexation of territory by Washington cities and towns, including pros and cons, the consequences and impacts of annexation, and the various annexation methods. June 2014.

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Appearance of Fairness Doctrine in Washington State

Provides an overview of the appearance of fairness statute, ch. 42.36 RCW, including suggestions for assuring compliance with the law. Contains a section on commonly asked questions and a summary of cases. April 2011.

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Budget Suggestions for 2016

This publication contains budget calendars for cities and counties; summaries of 2015 legislation; revenue and inflation forecasts; and articles for those interested in city and county financial issues.

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City Bidding Book - Washington State

This publication is designed to assist city and town officials in determining whether competitive bids are required for acquiring purchases, services, or contracting for public works. The Bidding Book also addresses, among other subjects, exceptions to the bidding requirements, purchases off contracts entered into by other governments, and alternative methods of contracting, including the use of a small works roster. The bidding process is discussed, as well as the handling of bidding errors and other irregularities.

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Code City Handbook

Provides essential information for code city officials and incites their powers, duties, and alternatives that are available under the applicable forms of municipal government. June 2009.

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Contracting for Services - Guidelines for Local Governments in Washington State

This publication is intended to provide guidance to local government agencies in Washington State on contracting for services. It includes guidance on selecting architectural and engineering consultants under chapter 39.80 RCW and on contracting for personal and purchased services. November 2013.

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County Bidding Book - Washington State

This publication is designed to assist county officials in determining whether competitive bids are required for purchases or when contracting for public works and to provide them with information on bidding procedures. May 2014.

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County Commissioner Guide

A brief introduction and overview of county government in Washington State and specifically the role of the county commissioners and county councilmembers within county government. It also covers the key legal doctrines, such as the Public Records Act and the Open Public Meetings Act, that county officials should be familiar with.

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Getting into Office: Being Elected or Appointed into Office in Washington Counties, Cities, Towns, and Special Districts

This publication addresses issues relating to: qualifying and running for elective office in cities, towns, counties, and special districts; assuming office; vacancies in office; and appointments to fill vacancies. January 2013.

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Initiative and Referendum Guide for Washington City and Charter Counties

Reviews the powers of initiative and referendum as they are exercised in cities in the state of Washington. It includes information on how to adopt these powers and which types of municipal activities are subject to these powers.

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Knowing the Territory - Basic Legal Guidelines for Washington City, County and Special District Officials

Describes the nature, powers and duties of municipal officials for "keeping out of trouble," discusses limitations, regulations, and admonitions regarding the exercise of governmental powers, including conflicts of interest law, the open public meetings act, appearance of fairness doctrine and similar laws. It also points out immunities and protections. October 2013.

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Local and Road Improvement Districts Manual for Washington State

This manual is intended to provide an overall perspective of detailed LID and RID procedures, to show the chronological order of responsibilities, to describe routine processes from initiation to the conclusion of financing, to reduce employee training time, and to identify potential problems and issues. October 2009.

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Local Government Citizen Advisory Boards

The primary focus of this publication is on local government citizen advisory boards, but the publication also includes a brief discussion of statutory boards that are administrative in nature. For simplification, the use of the term advisory board in this publication generally includes boards, commissions, committees, and task forces. August 2008.

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Local Government Policy-Making Process

The purposes of this publication are to describe the local government policy-making process, outline effective roles for local officials, and to provide practical tips to make the local policy-making process for satisfying and productive. February 1999.

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Local Ordinances for Washington Cities and Counties

This report has been prepared to assist Washington county, city, and town officials in the drafting and adoption of ordinances, resolutions, motions, and related devices. May 2014.

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Master Planned Resorts "Washington Style"

This guidebook provides suggestions for guiding the development of master planned resorts, and small-scale recreational and tourist uses. These are among the new options available for broadening economic opportunities in rural areas, while respecting traditional rural character. May 2003.

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Mayor and Councilmember Handbook

The Association of Washington Cities (AWC) combined the previous Mayors Handbook and Councilmembers Handbook into one handy reference guide for all elected officials. Covers everything from presiding over meetings, resolving/preventing conflict, budget basics, statutes, parliamentary procedures, roles and responsibilities, open public meetings act, appearance of fairness and citizen participation. That’s just the start of the resources and advice you’ll find in the handbook. It’s an essential foundation for a successful council meeting. November 2013.

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New City Guide - How to Start a City in Washington.

Designed to assist newly incorporating cities with the process of establishing a functioning and viable municipal government. March 2013.

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Nuisance Regulation for Washington Cities and Counties

Provides a basic text that focuses on primary nuisance issues. It defines nuisances, discusses the statutory powers available to abate nuisances, and provides information on methods of enforcement, including sample ordinance provisions. March 2000.

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Open Public Meeting Act

Covers who is subject to Act, procedural requirements, executive sessions, exemptions, and penalties, and identifies relevant case law and attorney general opinions. May 2014.

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Personal Services Contracting Manual for Washington Ports

In 2008, the Washington State Legislature adopted legislation (codified primarily in Chapter 53.19 RCW) designed to improve public contracting for port districts. January 2009.

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Public Records Act for Washington Cities, Counties, and Special Purpose Districts.

This publication provides a basic outline of the Public Records Act (PRA) and the procedures to follow when responding to PRA requests for documents. The primary exemptions and prohibitions are reviewed, and the appendices provide a wealth of additional information, including materials that are especially relevant for public records officers and legal counsel advising local governments. Because the legislature routinely updates the PRA statutes, and because the courts issue many decisions each year interpreting the statutes, MRSC updates this publication frequently.

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Revenue Guide for Washington Cities and Towns

Contains up-to-date information on revenue sources available to cities and towns for general government purposes, including the relevant statutory references and important court decisions.

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Revenue Guide for Washington Counties

A Revenue Guide for Washington Counties is intended primarily to assist county policymakers and administrators in understanding the array of revenue sources available for the various programs and services they provide. May 2010.

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Small Works Roster: A Guide for Washington's Local Governments

Need help understanding the state laws governing small works roster (SWR) contracting? Developed as a quick reference guide this publication provides a comprehensive overview of all aspects of small works rosters including maintenance vs. public works, bid limits, shared rosters, sales tax issues, prevailing wages, and much more. Additionally, we’ve included a number of practical resources, such as checklists and quick tips, which offer at-a-glance information and get you answers fast. October 2014.

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Special Purpose Districts in Washington State

Special districts are local governments that enable citizens to obtain a variety of services not otherwise available from a city, town, or county. August 2003.

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Washington City + Town Officials Directory, 2014-15 Edition

Provides a comprehensive list of the names and positions or elected officials and Key employees of the 281 cities and towns in the state of Washington, inclusing city hall addresses, phone numbers, population, class of government, and much more.

To purchase a print copy, please contact receptionist@mrsc.org. $35.00.
 

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