Copyright © Doug J. Scott

“Commerce recently completed an independent financial feasibility review of the Cowlitz County Public Facility District Columbia Theatre project.  The District (CCPFD) is planning a $1 million renovation project for the Columbia Theatre in Longview, Washington.  GF Strategies, Inc., on behalf of the Washington Department of Commerce, conducted the independent financial feasibility review of costs that will be incurred by the district to finance the anticipated improvements.   The project encompasses installation of a chiller to supply chilled water-cooling in support of air-conditioning for the theater building.  Work also includes provision of chilled water piping, an exterior pad mounted chiller and a surrounding screened enclosure  (read review here).

We hope this review will be helpful to the Cowlitz County Public Facilities District in completing the Columbia Theatre improvements.”

What State Law Requires In a Feasibility Review

Commerce is implementing the public facilities district independent financial feasibility review, as required by Chapter 36.100.025 RCW. The requirement went into effect in 2012.

Our role is not to approve or reject a public facilities district’s plan. Rather, we are directed to contract for an independent review, which is intended to ensure that local decision makers have access to objective and timely analysis of the financial feasibility of the project.

State law further directs Commerce to make the review public upon its completion, and submit it to participating local governments, state elected officials, and the Legislature.

The law requires that an independent financial feasibility review must take place before:

  • A new PFD is formed.
  • A PFD issues new debt (not refinances existing debt).
  • The long-term lease, purchase, or development of a facility by a PFD.

The independent review must be conducted by Commerce through the Municipal Research and Services Center of Washington or through another state agency, educational institution, or private consulting firm.

The review “must examine the potential costs to be incurred by the public facilities district and the adequacy of revenues or expected revenues to meet those costs.” This potentially would include information from interlocal agreements between the public facilities district and other local governments, bond covenants, construction and operating contracts, business plans, and other such documents.

Typically, Commerce and the jurisdiction(s) will negotiate a cost-recovery agreement under the Interlocal Cooperation Act (RCW 39.34). We select and contract with an independent party to perform the review. Commerce pays the reviewer directly and the jurisdiction(s) reimburse us for the review and associated costs.

Other Municipal Finance-Related Programs

Feasibility Reviews

State Convention Center Feasibility Review Documents

Need Assistance

Noreen Hoban, Program Manager
noreen.hoban@commerce.wa.gov
Phone: 360-725-5039

Renee Martine-Tebow, Program Manager
renee.martine-tebow@commerce.wa.gov
Phone: 360-725-5045