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Jun 30

2017-2019 Proposed Budget Details (Update)

Posted on June 30, 2017 at 10:16 AM by Timothy Grisham

The state budget documents were made available early this morning. There’s over 1,000 pages to sort through, so we are still working to un-dig all of the details. However, based on an initial review we know:
  • Shared revenues are intact except the Streamlined Sales Tax Mitigation funding is cut by 50% (does not impact majority of counties)
  • Marijuana revenue sharing with counties and cities will be increased from $6 million to $15 million (sec 979)
  • The 1% property tax cap is left in place for local governments, although the new state property tax levy is exempt for four years
  • There is no funding for the ballot box legislation
  • Clerks LFO monies are reduced (sec 709)
  • Thurston impact fees are reduced to $400k per year (sec. 114)
  • F&W PILT reduced to $1.1 million per year. Some counties go up, some go down (sec 984) this is a shift in practice from past years
  • The provisions of the Assessors’ Open Space tax exemption are part of the revenue bill for the budget (SB 5977)
  • Funds the coroner case management system $130k (sec 146)
  • Funds State Forensic Anthropologist
  • The court filing fee surcharge is maintained
  • Becca and case management funds are maintained
  • Added 911 funds for small counties for Okanogan and Ferry (Carlton fire upgrades)
  • CJTC: Funds 6 more BLEA classes, and $180k for prosecutor training per year
  • Funds the SOS WA digital archives equipment replacement and local public records grant program
  • Both the Municipal Research Services Center and Local Government Fiscal Notes program are fully funded
  • Funding is provided for both the public records reform legislation and language of public notices bills
We will continue to update you as we learn more.