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Open Data Portals for Washington Local Government Finance Data

There is a lot of attention these days on the transparency of governmental spending.  That is as it should be.  As I’ve said before in this column, this is “other people’s money” and we in government have an important responsibility… Continue Reading →

Building the Budget around the Community it Serves

Allocating scarce community resources across the wide range of public need is one of the more important responsibilities of public agencies. After all, this is “other people’s money” that we are entrusted with to use in a way that provides… Continue Reading →

It’s Not Too Early to Think about Laying the Foundation for Your Next Budget

I know, I know. Budget already? You just adopted your budget (or if you are like us and have a biennial budget, you just finished the mid-biennium review). But wait! If you want to have a great budget experience next fall… Continue Reading →

It’s Time to Sharpen those Budget Skills

In a recent survey conducted by the Association of Washington Cities (AWC), public officials identified budget topics as the number two area of interest.  (The top topic of choice was economic development.)  This aligns with our experience over the last… Continue Reading →

Which Financial Policies Work Best? ‘It Depends.’

  I was preparing a presentation on financial management recently and was reminded of a concept that has been reinforced to me many times over the years. For purposes of this blog post, I’ll call it the ‘It Depends’ concept…. Continue Reading →

Having Great Budget Discussions

You may think it is too early to devote any serious energy to your next budget process. Or, you may be like us here at the City of Redmond where the budget process lasts about nine months and we are… Continue Reading →

Selling Your Sewer’s Story

By Justin Marlowe  |  Industry Advisor Endowed Professor of Public Finance and Civic Engagement at the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy & Governance at the University of Washington Every four years the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) deploys a… Continue Reading →

Who Pays the Local Tax Bill?

By Justin Marlowe  |  Industry Advisor Endowed Professor of Public Finance and Civic Engagement at the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy & Governance at the University of Washington For the past 15 years, cities have focused on attracting the creative… Continue Reading →

What’s Good Enough for the Gherkin Should Be Good Enough for Americans

By Justin Marlowe  |  Industry Advisor Endowed Professor of Public Finance and Civic Engagement at the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy & Governance at the University of Washington London’s iconic skyline features an enormous, cigar-shaped glass building lovingly known as… Continue Reading →

Tax Battle Lines Shift in Cities and Suburbs

By Justin Marlowe  |  Industry Advisor  Endowed Professor of Public Finance and Civic Engagement at the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy & Governance at the University of Washington For the past 30 years, local government finance has revolved around a… Continue Reading →