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Cities 101

Cities 101 videos

You asked, and we answered! We’ve heard from you – cities – that you want fresh new ways to communicate the value of cities and towns to your community. You’ve spoken up and said that it would help you in your role at city hall if AWC could bring you tools and templates to educate the broader community about all the wonderful things cities do, and why it’s so essential.

In response, we produced a Cities 101 video series to share within your community. These videos are designed as a tool to share on social media, on the web, and at community meetings to tell the story about all the great work that cities do.

Cities 101 – Sewers

Learn how our modern sewer systems work, how they are paid for, and why cities and you should be making a big stink about it.




Cities 101 – Population growth

Washington’s population is booming, and much of that growth is happening in cities. Watch this video to learn how many people are expected to move to Washington, and what it means for cities as they budget, plan, and prepare for the growth.



Cities 101 – Budgets & revenue

Watch the video to learn about where city revenues come from, the important city services they support, and that vibrant cities need reliable and stable revenue to fund the many things we love about our cities.




Cities 101 – Streets and the city transportation system

Nearly every trip in Washington begins or ends on a city street. Watch the video to learn about city streets and the many important features of the transportation system. As cities grapple to fund priorities, it's critical these important assets are well designed, constructed and maintained for today, and into the future.

Cities 101 – Property taxes

Property tax is the largest revenue source for cities in Washington State. More specifically, it comprises nearly 25% of all city revenue, but on average, cities only receive 13 cents of each property tax dollar paid. This revenue supports critical city services, including police officers, firefighters, streets, sidewalks, and parks.