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July 2014


Using Lodging Taxes for Staff Support of LTAC

Using Lodging Taxes for Staff Support of LTAC

July 29, 2014 by Toni Nelson
Category: Lodging Tax (Hotel-Motel Tax)

Can you use lodging tax revenues to pay for staff support of the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC)? It’s a good question that we’ve been getting lately. After conferring with the State Auditor’s Office, we’ve concluded that this...

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Roles of the Mayor/Manager and the City or Town Council 101: Acquiring Legal Services

Roles of the Mayor/Manager and the City or Town Council 101: Acquiring Legal Services

July 24, 2014 by Paul Sullivan
Category: Administrative and Elected Officials

How do local governments obtain legal services?  With county government, it's easy, since the prosecuting attorney provides legal services and prosecuting attorneys are elected officials.  When it comes to cities and towns, though, the answer is not that easy.
The statutes that apply to cities and towns all recognize that legal assistance may be needed.  RCW 35.27.070 provides that a town...

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What’s in Your Water Mains?

What’s in Your Water Mains?

July 23, 2014 by John W. Carpita, PE
Category: Water Utilities

An article in the April 2014 AWWA Opflow magazine caught my eye, particularly as the City of Longview is featured. The article is entitled: “The New Ice Age: Pigging Effectively Cleans Water and Wastewater Pipelines." First of all, what is a “pig”? For eons, it seems, utilities of all sort have been cleaning the insides of their pipelines with rubber and metal tools of varying degrees of...

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New Law in Effect Regarding Health Care Information Received by an Agency

New Law in Effect Regarding Health Care Information Received by an Agency

July 17, 2014 by Flannary Collins
Category: Administration and Management

Has your agency received "health care information" about a person that it never requested and is not authorized to receive? ("Health care information" is defined in RCW 70.02.010(16).) If so, you need to pay attention to new legislation related to such health care information that took effect on July 1, 2014. This legislation amends the Washington State’s Uniform Health Care Information Act...

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The Ultimate Leadership Top Ten List

The Ultimate Leadership Top Ten List

July 15, 2014 by Lynn Nordby
Category: Leadership

We’re good at making lists. Any time spent on one of the Internet search engine home pages will reveal at least one “Top Ten This”  or “15 Things That” of one kind or another, every day. Recently, looking...

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Clark County Joint Lobby Cuts Through Bureaucracy to Better Meet the Needs of Citizens

Clark County Joint Lobby Cuts Through Bureaucracy to Better Meet the Needs of Citizens

July 8, 2014 by Josh Mahar
Category: Management

Walking into the office of the Assessor, Treasurer, and Auditor in Clark County can be a bit odd: you aren’t entirely sure where one office ends and another begins. That’s because through a...

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What’s Not to Like? – Pre-Approved Plans Offer Faster Permitting, Cheaper Housing, Quality Design

What’s Not to Like? – Pre-Approved Plans Offer Faster Permitting, Cheaper Housing, Quality Design

July 3, 2014 by Sue Enger
Category: Land Use Administration

It is probably fair to say that most homeowners or builders who visit city hall (or the county) for a single family or small project permit, have less than fond memories...

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New Bill Gives Public Employees Two Unpaid Religious Holidays Per Year: What Does It Mean for Employers?

New Bill Gives Public Employees Two Unpaid Religious Holidays Per Year: What Does It Mean for Employers?

July 1, 2014 by HR Advisor
Category: HR Advisor , Leave Policies

On March 31, Governor Inslee signed into law a bill giving public employees two unpaid religious holidays per calendar year. SB 5173, which passed with overwhelming support, was designed to provide flexibility to employees of faiths like Islam or Judaism whose holy...

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