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Budget Suggestions for 2015

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

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Annexation by Washington Cities and Towns, June 2014

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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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Budget Suggestions for 2014, August 2013

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Municipal Cooperation Guide. Report No. 27, September 1993

Provides an overview of the methods available to cities and towns to cooperate with other governmental units to provide services in the most efficient, Economical manner. It includes review of intergovernmental contracting, regional councils and consolidation.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Small Public Works Roster Manual for Local Governments (Second Edition). Report No. 51 Revised.

Chapter 138, Laws of 2000, significantly changed small public works roster provisions for awarding public works contracts. The legislature also directed the Washington State Department of Commerce (formerly CTED) and the Municipal Research Council to prepare and distribute a Small Works Roster manual. MRSC fulfilled this original obligation in 2000 with the original Small Works Roster Manual for Local Governments in paper form. Subsequent to that effort, the Manual was published and updated online on MRSC's web site in PDF format.

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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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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

Our Officials Directory is now available for free as a mobile/tablet application.

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Price: $35.00
Please contact Holly Stewart at hstewart@mrsc.org to purchase printed copies of the directory.

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