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New Publication: The Closest Governments to the People

New Publication: The Closest Governments to the People

Written by Steve Lundin, this comprehensive general reference guide acts as a one-stop resource to the complex and varied systems of local governments in Washington State. Topics covered include home rule, local government finance, local elections, the local judiciary, and many more.

In Focus

Weathering Fluctuations in Building Permit Revenues Economic fluctuations make it difficult for governments to  break  even  on the cost of providing building permits. More from Government Finance Review. May 27, 2016

Upcoming Training

Land Use Case Law Update

Land Use Case Law Update June 23, 2016

Tools and Resources

Examples of PRA Policies and Procedures

State and local government agencies must “adopt and enforce reasonable rules and regulations” to facilitate public access to public records, while at same time “prevent interference with other essential functions of the agency” (RCW 42.56.100 and 42.56.040). MRSC has compiled examples of various policies, including some innovative approaches, showcasing how different jurisdictions meet this requirement.

Tax Reliance of Washington Cities

The two main sources of revenue for Washington cities comes from sales tax and property tax. MRSC’s new tax reliance map illustrates how each of Washington’s cities stacked up in terms of their relative reliance on either of these two sources of revenue in 2015.