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Cover of County Commissioner Guide, November 2014

County Commissioner Guide, November 2014

This guidebook provides a brief introduction and overview of county government in Washington State and specifically the role of the county commissioners and county councilmembers within county government. It also covers the key legal doctrines, such as the Public Records Act and the Open Public Meetings Act, that county officials should be familiar with.

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Alphabetical List of All Available MRSC Publications

Cover of Accessory Dwelling Units, October 1995

Accessory Dwelling Units, October 1995

A report to help local officials as they consider proposals to allow ADUs in their communities. Includes discussion of potential benefits, policy issues and options, as well as a discussion of common zoning regulations. Sample ordinance language is included.

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Cover of Annexation by Washington Cities and Towns, June 2014

Annexation by Washington Cities and Towns, June 2014

Annexation by Washington Cities and Towns, June 2014 

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Cover of Appearance of Fairness Doctrine in Washington State, Report No. 32 Revised, April 2011

Appearance of Fairness Doctrine in Washington State, Report No. 32 Revised, April 2011

Provides an overview of the appearance of fairness statute, ch. 42.36 RCW, including suggestions for assuring compliance with the law. Contains a section on commonly asked questions and a summary of cases.

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Cover of Budget Suggestions for 2015, August 2014

Budget Suggestions for 2015, August 2014

This publication contains budget calendars for cities and counties; summaries of 2014 legislation; revenue and inflation forecasts; and articles for those interested in city and county financial issues.

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Cover of City Bidding Book - Washington State, Report No. 52 Revised, May 2013

City Bidding Book - Washington State, Report No. 52 Revised, May 2013

This publication is designed to assist city and town officials in determining whether competitive bids are required for acquiring purchases or services or when contracting for public works. The Bidding Book also addresses, among other subjects, exceptions to the bidding requirements, purchases off contracts entered into by other governments, and alternative methods of contracting, including the use of a small works roster. The bidding process is discussed, as well as the handling of bidding errors and other irregularities.

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Cover of Code City Handbook, Report No. 37 Revised, June 2009

Code City Handbook, Report No. 37 Revised, June 2009

Provides essential information for code city officials and incites their powers, duties, and alternatives that are available under the applicable forms of municipal government.

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Cover of Contracting for Services - Guidelines for Local Governments in Washington State, November 2013

Contracting for Services - Guidelines for Local Governments in Washington State, November 2013

This publication is intended to provide guidance to local government agencies in Washington State on contracting for services. It includes guidance on selecting architectural and engineering consultants under chapter 39.80 RCW and on contracting for personal and purchased services. It replaces a 1994 MRSC publication titled Contracting for Professional Services in Washington State.

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Cover of County Bidding Book - Washington State, May 2014

County Bidding Book - Washington State, May 2014

This publication is designed to assist county officials in determining whether competitive bids are required for purchases or when contracting for public works and to provide them with information on bidding procedures.

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Cover of County Commissioner Guide, November 2014

County Commissioner Guide, November 2014

This guidebook provides a brief introduction and overview of county government in Washington State and specifically the role of the county commissioners and county councilmembers within county government. It also covers the key legal doctrines, such as the Public Records Act and the Open Public Meetings Act, that county officials should be familiar with.

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Cover of Getting into Office: Being Elected or Appointed into Office in Washington Counties, Cities, Towns, and Special Districts, Report No. 62 Revised, January 2013

Getting into Office: Being Elected or Appointed into Office in Washington Counties, Cities, Towns, and Special Districts, Report No. 62 Revised, January 2013

This publication addresses issues relating to: qualifying and running for elective office in cities, towns, counties, and special districts; assuming office; vacancies in office; and appointments to fill vacancies.

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Cover of Initiative and Referendum Guide for Washington City and Charter Counties,  June 2014

Initiative and Referendum Guide for Washington City and Charter Counties, June 2014

Reviews the powers of initiative and referendum as they are exercised in cities in the state of Washington. It includes information on how to adopt these powers and which types of municipal activities are subject to these powers.

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Cover of Knowing the Territory - Basic Legal Guidelines for Washington City, County and Special District Officials, October 2013

Knowing the Territory - Basic Legal Guidelines for Washington City, County and Special District Officials, October 2013

Describes the nature, powers and duties of municipal officials for "keeping out of trouble," discusses limitations, regulations, and admonitions regarding the exercise of governmental powers, including conflicts of interest law, the open public meetings act, appearance of fairness doctrine and similar laws. It also points out immunities and protections.

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Cover of Local and Road Improvement Districts Manual for Washington State Sixth Edition, Report No. 59 Revised, October 2009

Local and Road Improvement Districts Manual for Washington State Sixth Edition, Report No. 59 Revised, October 2009

This manual is intended to provide an overall perspective of detailed LID and RID procedures, to show the chronological order of responsibilities, to describe routine processes from initiation to the conclusion of financing, to reduce employee training time, and to identify potential problems and issues.

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Cover of Local Government Citizen Advisory Boards, Report No. 63, August 2008

Local Government Citizen Advisory Boards, Report No. 63, August 2008

The primary focus of this publication is on local government citizen advisory boards, but the publication also includes a brief discussion of statutory boards that are administrative in nature. For simplification, the use of the term advisory board in this publication generally includes boards, commissions, committees, and task forces.

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Cover of Local Government Policy-Making Process. Report No. 45, February 1999

Local Government Policy-Making Process. Report No. 45, February 1999

The purposes of this publication are to describe the local government policy-making process, outline effective roles for local officials, and to provide practical tips to make the local policy-making process for satisfying and productive.

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Cover of Local Ordinances for Washington Cities and Counties, May 2014

Local Ordinances for Washington Cities and Counties, May 2014

This report has been prepared to assist Washington county, city, and town officials in the drafting and adoption of ordinances, resolutions, motions, and related devices.

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Master Planned Resorts "Washington Style", Report No. 57, May 2003

This guidebook provides suggestions for guiding the development of master planned resorts, and small-scale recreational and tourist uses. These are among the new options available for broadening economic opportunities in rural areas, while respecting traditional rural character.

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Cover of Mayor and Councilmember Handbook. Report No.44 Revised, November 2013

Mayor and Councilmember Handbook. Report No.44 Revised, November 2013

The Association of Washington Cities (AWC) combined the previous Mayors Handbook and Councilmembers Handbook into one handy reference guide for all elected officials. Covers everything from presiding over meetings, resolving/preventing conflict, budget basics, statutes, parliamentary procedures, roles and responsibilities, open public meetings act, appearance of fairness and citizen participation. That’s just the start of the resources and advice you’ll find in the handbook. It’s an essential foundation for a successful council meeting.

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Cover of New City Guide - How to Start a City in Washington. Report No. 54 Revised, March 2013

New City Guide - How to Start a City in Washington. Report No. 54 Revised, March 2013

Designed to assist newly incorporating cities with the process of establishing a functioning and viable municipal government.

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Cover of Nuisance Regulation for Washington Cities and Counties, Report No. 49, March 2000

Nuisance Regulation for Washington Cities and Counties, Report No. 49, March 2000

Provides a basic text that focuses on primary nuisance issues. It defines nuisances, discusses the statutory powers available to abate nuisances, and provides information on methods of enforcement, including sample ordinance provisions.

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Cover of Open Public Meeting Act, Report No. 60 Revised, May 2014

Open Public Meeting Act, Report No. 60 Revised, May 2014

Covers who is subject to Act, procedural requirements, executive sessions, exemptions, and penalties, and identifies relevant case law and attorney general opinions.

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Cover of Personal Services Contracting Manual for Washington Ports, Report No. 64, January 2009

Personal Services Contracting Manual for Washington Ports, Report No. 64, January 2009

In 2008, the Washington State Legislature adopted legislation (codified primarily in Chapter 53.19 RCW) designed to improve public contracting for port districts.

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Cover of Public Records Act for Washington Cities, Counties, and Special Purpose Districts. Report No. 61 (revised frequently)

Public Records Act for Washington Cities, Counties, and Special Purpose Districts. Report No. 61 (revised frequently)

Because the legislature routinely updates the Public Records Act statutes, and because the courts issue many decisions each year interpreting the statutes, MRSC has chosen to update this publication as needed. The electronic version available here is our latest version. If you like to use a printed copy, we recommend that you print a new copy periodically, so that you have the benefit of the most recent updates.

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Cover of Revenue Guide for Washington Cities and Towns, Report No. 46 Revised, June 2009

Revenue Guide for Washington Cities and Towns, Report No. 46 Revised, June 2009

Contains up-to-date information on revenue sources available to cities and towns for general government purposes, including the relevant statutory references and important court decisions.

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Cover of Revenue Guide for Washington Counties, Report No. 53 Revised, May 2010

Revenue Guide for Washington Counties, Report No. 53 Revised, May 2010

A Revenue Guide for Washington Counties is intended primarily to assist county policymakers and administrators in understanding the array of revenue sources available for the various programs and services they provide.

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Cover of Small Works Roster: A Guide for Washington's Local Governments, October 2014

Small Works Roster: A Guide for Washington's Local Governments, October 2014

Need help understanding the state laws governing small works roster (SWR) contracting? Developed as a quick reference guide this publication provides a comprehensive overview of all aspects of small works rosters including maintenance vs. public works, bid limits, shared rosters, sales tax issues, prevailing wages, and much more. Additionally, we’ve included a number of practical resources, such as checklists and quick tips, which offer at-a-glance information and get you answers fast.

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Cover of Special Purpose Districts in Washington State, Report No. 58, August 2003

Special Purpose Districts in Washington State, Report No. 58, August 2003

Special districts are local governments that enable citizens to obtain a variety of services not otherwise available from a city, town, or county.

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Cover of Washington City + Town Officials Directory, 2014-15 Edition

Washington City + Town Officials Directory, 2014-15 Edition

Provides a comprehensive list of the names and positions or elected officials and Key employees of the 281 cities and towns in the state of Washington, inclusing city hall addresses, phone numbers, population, class of government, and much more.

To purchase a print copy, please contact receptionist@mrsc.org. $35.00.
 

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