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The Joint Legislative and Review Committee (JLARC) has posted new information on its website regarding reporting requirements for the lodging tax under ESHB 1253, passed by the legislature during the 2013 session.
City and county revenue forecasters are close readers of the “Revenue Forecasts” section in our Budget Suggestions publication each year, and they have been waiting for information on which forecast they should use for their budgets: the “Higher Revenue” forecast … Continue reading
This means, for most jurisdictions, the maximum allowable levy increase for 2014 is 1 percent of the 2013 levy (plus taxes on new construction and the change in the value of state-assessed utility property). “What do you mean, ‘June?’ Isn’t … Continue reading
Labor Day is coming… next week! And, for many cities, this marks the beginning of their budget preparation season. Others have started already. I tell myself that after all the years I have worked at MRSC I should not be … Continue reading
This is the time of year when councils are looking for more revenue, and we start getting a form of the following question: “Why is the sales tax rate in Vancouver (or Wenatchee or Seattle or Spokane, etc.) higher than … Continue reading
In a nutshell: With the passage of ESHB 1253, all the current allowed uses of lodging tax funds have been preserved except one—lodging tax funds may no longer be spent on capital expenditures for tourism-related facilities owned by nonprofit organizations.