Less Government, Lower Taxes and More Freedom – 2014 Legislative Session Day 18

In the Local Government Committee today, we’re hearing testimony on five bills and may take Executive Action on seven bills. House Bill 2499 requires counties that have a population of at least 500,000, abut at least five other counties, and are required or choose to plan under the Growth Management Act (GMA), to permit schools outside of designated urban growth areas (UGA) when specified criteria are met and establishes planning actions that counties must satisfy in complying with the requirement to permit schools outside of UGAs.

House Bill 2593 requires the county treasurer to keep "public funds," as that term is defined in statute, in his or her possession until disbursed according to law; requires at least 24 hours of continuing education annually for the following persons: (1) a county treasurer who performs daily investment activities of an investment pool; or (2) any person who is authorized by the county treasurer to manage the investment pool; modifies provisions related to transaction processing costs that may be charged to persons who make payments to county treasurers via electronic forms of payment; and incorporates certain provisions into a statute relating to issuance by a local government of duplicate warrants, bonds, or other instruments or evidence of indebtedness when one is lost or destroyed.

House Bill 2618 authorizes code cities with a population of 20,000 or more to have public works performed by city employees in any annual or biennial budget period at an amount equal to or less than 9 percent of the public works construction budget and increases the monetary limits for public works projects that city employees can perform in code cities with a population of 20,000 or more.

House Bill 2637 establishes voter approval requirements for certain annexation methods that may be employed by code cities in counties that have 400,000 or more residents and are bordered by the Columbia River.

House Bill 2677 obligates counties, cities, and towns to adopt deferral systems for the collection of impact fees from applicants for residential building permits through a covenant-based process, or through a process that delays payment until final inspection, certificate of occupancy, or equivalent certification; authorizes counties, cities, and towns to adopt alternative impact fee collection deferral systems if certain requirements are met; exempts counties, cities, and towns that have pre-existing impact fee delay processes that meet certain requirements from the obligation to establish an impact fee deferral system; and delays the starting of the six-year time frame for satisfying concurrency provisions of the Growth Management Act until after the county or city receives full payment of all deferred impact fees.

The committee may take Executive Action on the following House Bills 2278, 2298, 2433, 2547, 2593, 2618, and 2637.

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