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August 2014


Court Decision Clarifies Vested Rights Doctrine as Entirely Statutory

Court Decision Clarifies Vested Rights Doctrine as Entirely Statutory

August 27, 2014 by Bob Meinig
Category: Vested Rights

In Potala Village Kirkland, LLC v. City of Kirkland (August 25, 2014), Division I of the state court of appeals issued a significant decision regarding the vested rights doctrine. The court held that the doctrine is entirely statutory, with the statutory doctrine replacing, rather than supplementing, the common law (court-made) vested rights doctrine. In the first sentence of its...

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Airbnb: Regulation of Internet-Based Businesses

Airbnb: Regulation of Internet-Based Businesses

August 25, 2014 by Carol Tobin
Category: Licensing and Regulation , Tourism , Business Licenses and Taxes

It’s always something. Cities and counties have been grappling recently with the regulation of rideshare services such as Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar, that have been competing for business with taxis and limousine services.

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Using Lodging Taxes for Staff Support of LTAC (Updated)

Using Lodging Taxes for Staff Support of LTAC (Updated)

August 20, 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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Getting an Accurate and Complete Economic Picture for Rural Counties

Getting an Accurate and Complete Economic Picture for Rural Counties

August 1, 2014 by Jim McEntire
Category: Planning , Council-Commission Advisor

It can be challenging to assemble a comprehensive view of county economic conditions due to the many different sources of county-level economic data. I have the curse of a curious mind, from long before the beginning of my service in local government. First as a Port Commissioner, and then as a County Commissioner, I began a personal project to compile demographic and economic statistics for my...

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Capital Project Financial Management - Seeking the "Universal Translator"

Capital Project Financial Management - Seeking the "Universal Translator"

July 31, 2014 by Tracey Dunlap
Category: Public Works Finance , Finance Advisor

How can local government finance and project management staff improve consistency in communications to better manage capital projects?

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