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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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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

July 31, 2014 by Jim McEntire
Category: Planning , Guest Author

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 , Guest Author

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

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