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The City of Auburn has several volunteer Citizens Boards, Commissions and Committees that advise the Mayor and City Council in certain areas of government and policy issues. Appointments to Boards, Commissions and Committees are made by the Mayor and in some instances require confirmation by the City Council.

Persons interested in serving on a particular Board, Commission or Committee are asked to  please apply online

The following is a list of present Auburn Boards, Citizens Commissions and Committees with a brief description.

Auburn Arts Commission - Twelve Members

(Chapter 2.84 Auburn City Code)
Within its funds appropriation, the Arts Commission may, alone or in cooperation with any other private, civic or public body of any city, county or the State of Washington, initiate, sponsor or conduct programs calculated to further public awareness of and interest in the visual, cultural and performing arts. The Board consists of twelve members who serve three-year terms.

Regular meetings of the Commission are held bi-monthly at 4:30 PM at City Hall at One East Main in Conference Room 1 located on the second floor. Please view the Public Meetings Calendar for exact dates.

Auburn Municipal Airport Advisory Board - Seven Members

(Chapter 2.33 Auburn City Code)
Advises the City Council regarding the operation of the Auburn Municipal Airport, including master planning, facilities improvements, leasing, rental fees and other aviation concerns. The Board consists of Seven members who serve three-year terms.

The Board is required to meet at least once a quarter. The Board may hold additional meetings as needed that will be published in advance. Board meetings begin at 7:30 AM and are held at the Airport Office, Conference Room, 2143 E ST NE, Auburn, WA 98002links to external site. Please view the Public Meeting Calendar for current meeting dates.

Auburn Tourism Board - Ten Members

(Chapter 2.77 of Auburn City Code)
The board shall serve in an advisory capacity to the mayor and city council, as the tourism board, to be distinguished from the city's lodging tax advisory committee, established by city ordinance codified under Chapter 2.76 ACC, and pursuant to RCW 67.28.1817. (Ord. 6041 § 1, 2006.)
The tourism board is created to assist the city council formulate strategies for tourism-related activities, projects and programs geared to promote the city of Auburn as a tourist destination, and enhance the ability of local businesses to serve the needs of tourists and the tourist industry in Auburn.

Regular meetings are held the third Thursday of each month at 10:00 AM at Auburn City Hall in Council Chambers. Please view the Public Meeting Calendar for current meeting dates.

Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC) - Five Members

(Chapter 2.76 Auburn City Code)
Advises the Mayor and City Council relating to the imposition of the lodging tax, any increases in the amount imposed, and its use to accommodate activities for tourism. The Board consists of five members consisting of one elected official and an equal number of members each from representatives of businesses required to collect the tax and those persons involved in activities to be funded by revenue received through the tourism tax. Board members serve three-year terms.

Regular meetings are the 2nd Wednesday of April and November. Please view the Public Meeting Calendar for current meeting dates.

Business Improvement Area Committee of Ratepayers - Seven Members and Four Alternates

(Chapter 2.98 Auburn City Code)
The City of Auburn established the Business Improvement Area (BIA) to aid development of the Central Business District and facilitate merchant and business cooperation to improve trade. The Business Improvement Area Committee of Ratepayers reviews and evaluates the administration of the BIA by the Auburn Downtown Association. The Committee of Ratepayers is comprised of seven members who serve three-year terms and are owners or operators of businesses located within the Business Improvement Area and whose businesses are subject to assessments.

Regular meetings of the BIA Committee are held the second Monday of each month at 1:00 PM in Auburn City Hall Council Chambers. Please view the Public Meeting Calendar for current meeting dates.

Cemetery Board - Five Members

(Chapter 2.72 Auburn City Code)
Advises the Mayor and City Council on policy matters relating to long range planning, capital improvements, fee structure, cemetery expansion, rules and regulations, and budget for the cemetery. The Board consists of five members who serve five-year terms.

Regular meetings of the Board are held the second Tuesday of each even-numbered month at 2:00 PM at Mountain View Cemetery located at 2020 Mountain View Drive, Auburn. Please view the Public Meeting Calendar for current meeting dates.

Civil Service Commission - Three Members

(Chapter 2.57 Auburn City Code and RCW 41.08 and 41.12)
The Civil Service Commission adopts rules and regulations, consistent with State law, for the examination, appointment, demotion, transfer, and promotion of uniformed (Police and Fire) personnel. The Commission hears and determines complaints and appeals. The Commission consists of three members who serve six-year terms. A member must be a resident of the city for at least three years and a registered voter.

Regular meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month at 3:30 PM in Conference Room 2, located on the second floor of Auburn City Hall. Please view the Public Meeting Calendar for current meeting dates.

Human Services Committee - Nine Members

(Chapter 2.36 Auburn City Code)
Makes recommendations to the Mayor and City Council on the allocation of and application for grant funds to be used for community development. The Committee assists the Mayor and City Council in identifying local social service needs and recommends priorities to meet those needs. The Committee consists of nine members who serve three-year terms.

Regular meetings are scheduled for the fourth Monday of each month at 4:00 PM at Auburn City Hall - Council Conference Room. Please view the Public Meeting Calendar for current meeting dates.

Junior City Council – Nine Members and Nine Alternates

(Chapter 2.07 Auburn City Code)
The Auburn City Council created the Junior City Council in order to get advice and ideas from students on things like parks, recreation, entertainment, traffic, police, festivals, trails, environmental stewardship and other social issues. Students will learn leadership skills, improve their chances for scholarships, learn how City government operates, and see how they can influence government activities in order to make a positive difference in the community.
The members of the Council must be from middle schools and high schools within the city limits.
One (1) member can be from other schools located outside of the City as long they are an Auburn resident.

Regular meetings are held the first Monday of each month in Council Chambers located on the first floor of Auburn City Hall at 5:00 PM. Please view the Public Meeting Calendar for current meeting dates.

Parks and Recreation Board - Seven Members

(Chapter 2.42 Auburn City Code)
Advises the Mayor and City Council on planning, development, acquisition and management of City parks, recreation facilities and programs. The Parks and Recreation Board consists of seven members who serve three-year terms.

Regular meetings are held the Tuesday following the first Council Meeting of each month at 5:30 PM at the Auburn Community & Event Center located at 910 9th ST SE, Auburn. Please view the Public Meeting Calendar for current meeting dates.

Planning Commission - Seven Members

(Chapter 2.45 Auburn City Code)
Conducts initial review and public hearings on Comprehensive Plan and text amendments, area-wide zoning and rezoning, and zoning text amendments. The Commission's recommendations are forwarded to the City Council for review and final decision. The Planning Commission consists of seven members who serve three-year terms.

Regular meetings are held the Tuesday following the first Council Meeting of each month in the Council Chambers located on the first floor of Auburn City Hall at 7:00 PM. The Commission conducts a study session from 6:30 to 7:00 PM prior to the regular meeting. Please view the Public Meeting Calendar for current meeting dates.

Transportation Advisory Board - Fifteen Members

(Chapter 2.94 Auburn City Code)
The Transportation Advisory Board (TAB) replaces the Transportation, Transit and Trails Committee. The TAB meets quarterly or as needed and is comprised of 15 members that includes 1 representative from the Auburn School District; 1 representative from Green River College; 1 representative from the Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce; 1 representative from the Auburn Downtown Association; 1 representative from the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe; 2 local business representatives; 1 bicycling community representative; 1 high school student representative; 1 senior citizen representative; 3 citizens at large selected to maximize geographical representation; 1 American with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility advocacy group representative; and 1 transit users group representative. The TAB meetings are facilitated by a Chairperson or Vice-Chairperson elected by the TAB members. The TAB is an advisory only body meaning that it doesn't have independent decision-making ability. However, as a broad-based group of stakeholders, the TAB serves a critical role in giving the Mayor, Council and staff invaluable community perspective that will help shape current and future policy and financial decisions affecting transportation in our community.

Regular Meetings are held quarterly on the second Tuesday of every third month. Please view the Public Meeting Calendar for current meeting dates.

Urban Tree Board - Seven Members

(Chapter 2.43 Auburn City Code)
Through education and involvement, the Tree Board of the City of Auburn provides information and advocacy for "choosing the right tree for the right place," helping Citizens understand the value of proper pruning techniques and in managing an urban forest that is ever changing and needs to fit into the environment of this community. Board emphasis is on trees in public rights-of-way and on City-owned property. The Board is made up of seven members who serve three-year terms.

Regular meetings of the Board are held the first Tuesday following the first Council meeting of the month in the Parks Admin Building at 910 9th St. SE, Auburn. Please view the Public Meeting Calendar for current meeting dates.

White River Valley Historical Society Board - Seventeen Members

(Resolution No. 2340)
Develops policies for White River Valley Museum operations and management of collections, long-term plans for the Museum, and docent programs and other volunteer activities. Board membership is comprised of nine members elected by the general membership of the Historical Society, and eight members are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council.

Regular meetings of the Board are held the third Wednesday of each month at 1:30 PM at the White River Valley Museum Muckleshoot Room, located at 918 H Street SE, Auburn. Please view the Public Meeting Calendar for current meeting dates.