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Local government issues

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Summary:

  • Local governments needs financial support. New economy will impact revenues
  • New structure needed for municipalities to recover costs beyond property tax
  • Need a policy that incorporates costs for all levels of government and avoids siloed decision making at all three levels of government.

 

  • Local governments needs financial support. New economy will impact revenues
  • New structure needed for municipalities to recover costs beyond property tax
  • May be win-wins from new economy that reduce municipal costs.
  • Health increased = less sick days = less municipal costs.
    • Poverty down
    • Environmental health up = pollution down
  • Need a policy that incorporates costs for all levels of government and avoids siloed decision making at all three levels of government.
  • Structural triangle needed so we don’t have battle on every issue.
  • Encourage community investment in new economy and it will provide dividends. Ex. Investment in solar
  • ‘Pace’ program = property assessment clean energy
    • Washington State
    • Municipalities lead money for renewable home project then re-paid through property taxes
    • Would require triangle to communities charter (change charter)

 

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