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Funding for Broadband Expansion

Funding for Broadband Expansion

Is your local government looking to expand broadband access to un- or underserved communities? Fortunately, there are existing state and federal grant programs to tap for help as well as exciting new federal funding opportunities.

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Using Levy Lid Lifts to Finance Public Salaries and Services

Using Levy Lid Lifts to Finance Public Salaries and Services

Local governments looking to use levy lid lifts to help with increased costs should carefully consider several issues, such as type, duration, future fiscal need, capacity, and how to best frame the lid lift for a successful vote.

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Funding Local Affordable Housing Efforts

Funding Local Affordable Housing Efforts

It can be difficult for cities, towns, and counties to fund local affordable housing programs, but there are some options available, from taxing options to federal and state grant programs. 

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2023 Budget Suggestions is Here

2023 Budget Suggestions is Here

With legislative updates, state shared revenue projections, a preview of the implicit price deflator, and other budgetary and economic information, MRSC’s 2023 Budget Suggestions can help cities and counties develop their budgets for the coming year.

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Donations and Local Governments: The Basics of Giving and Receiving

Donations and Local Governments: The Basics of Giving and Receiving

What is the process for local governments to receive donations? Can local governments make donations without violating the state's gift of public funds provisions?

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Can We Spend Lodging Tax Funds on That?

Can We Spend Lodging Tax Funds on That?

MRSC frequently receives inquiries from local governments asking if a proposed use of lodging tax funds is allowable. Take our short quiz to test your knowledge!

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Historic Infrastructure Funding Opportunities Open to Local Governments

Historic Infrastructure Funding Opportunities Open to Local Governments

Building a Better America invests $400 billion over five years to support major transportation and infrastructure projects nationwide. Local governments are eligible for funding, including for several competitive grant programs, and should begin the planning process now. 

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Treasury Releases Final Rule on American Rescue Plan Fiscal Recovery Funds

Treasury Releases Final Rule on American Rescue Plan Fiscal Recovery Funds

Local governments seeking guidance on how to use Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) now have an answer in the recently released Final Rule from the ​U.S. Department of Treasury.

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Local Governments Now Required to Have Data-Sharing Agreements

Local Governments Now Required to Have Data-Sharing Agreements

Local governments will share data with other agencies for a variety of reasons. ESSB 5432 now requires agencies to have data-sharing agreements for highly sensitive data, such as HIPAA information or any information that is protected from release/disclosure by law. 

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Tax Increment Financing Now Available to Some Washington Local Governments

Tax Increment Financing Now Available to Some Washington Local Governments

In an effort to help local governments spur economic development in stagnant communities, the legislature passed HB 1189 early this year, which authorizes the use of tax increment financing for cities, towns, counties, and port districts.

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Treasury Issues Guidance for Local Fiscal Recovery Funds

Treasury Issues Guidance for Local Fiscal Recovery Funds

This blog post reviews the May 2021 interim guidance provided by the U.S. Department of Treasury regarding how Local Fiscal Recovery Funds may be spent under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), including allowed uses, replacing lost revenues, and reporting requirements.

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Cybercrime: A Hard Lesson

Cybercrime: A Hard Lesson

This blog looks at precautions a local government can take to counter vendor fraud perpetrated by cyber criminals. 

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American Rescue Plan Provides More Relief to Local Governments

American Rescue Plan Provides More Relief to Local Governments

The American Rescue Plan Act ("ARP" or "ARPA") provides significant new funds for local governments, as well as an optional expansion of FFCRA leave. While we don't yet know all the logistics, this blog post provides a preliminary overview.

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New Federal Funding for Rent and Utility Assistance

New Federal Funding for Rent and Utility Assistance

This blog provides an overview of new funding available through the Coronavirus Response Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSA) to help with rent and utility assistance for any households impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Annual Financial Report for 2020

The Annual Financial Report for 2020

This blog post reviews a few of the major updates to the Annual Financial Report for reporting year 2020.

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W-2 Reporting for FFCRA Wages and Social Security Tax Deferrals

W-2 Reporting for FFCRA Wages and Social Security Tax Deferrals

This blog reviews how to properly report Families First Coronavirus Response Act leave wages and Social Security tax deferrals on Form W-2.

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What’s New with Form 1099?

What’s New with Form 1099?

This blog discusses new changes to Form 1099 and Form 1096.

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Meet Eric Lowell, MRSC's Newest Finance Consultant

Meet Eric Lowell, MRSC's Newest Finance Consultant

MRSC welcomes Eric Lowell onto the team as our newest Finance Consultant. Prior to joining MRSC, Eric served as the Finance and IT Director for Timberland Regional Library.

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