SENATE BILL 6094
State of Washington 52nd Legislature 1992 Regular Session
By Senator Anderson
Read first time 01/15/92. Referred to Committee on Law & Justice.
AN ACT Relating to sales and use taxes for criminal justice purposes; and reenacting and amending RCW 82.14.340.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
Sec. 1. RCW 82.14.340 and 1991 c 311 s 5 and 1991 c 301 s 16 are each reenacted and amended to read as follows:
The legislative authority of any county with a population of two hundred thousand or more, any county with a population of one hundred twenty thousand or more that borders a foreign country, any county located east of the crest of the Cascade mountains with a population of one hundred fifty thousand or more, and any other county with a population of one hundred fifty thousand or more that has had its population increase by at least twenty-four percent during the preceding nine years, as certified by the office of financial management for the first day of April of each year, may and, if requested by resolution of the governing bodies of cities in the county with an aggregate population equal to or greater than fifty percent of the total population of the county, as last determined by the office of financial management, shall submit an authorizing proposition to the voters of the county and if approved by a majority of persons voting, fix and impose a sales and use tax in accordance with the terms of this chapter.
The tax authorized in this section shall be in addition to any other taxes authorized by law and shall be collected from those persons who are taxable by the state pursuant to chapters 82.08 and 82.12 RCW upon the occurrence of any taxable event within such county. The rate of tax shall equal one-tenth of one percent of the selling price (in the case of a sales tax) or value of the article used (in the case of a use tax).
When distributing moneys collected under this section, the state treasurer shall distribute ten percent of the moneys to the county in which the tax was collected. The remainder of the moneys collected under this section shall be distributed to the county and the cities within the county ratably based on population as last determined by the office of financial management. In making the distribution based on population, the county shall receive that proportion that the unincorporated population of the county bears to the total population of the county and each city shall receive that proportion that the city incorporated population bears to the total county population.
Moneys received from any tax imposed under this section shall be expended exclusively for criminal justice purposes and shall not be used to replace or supplant existing funding. Criminal justice purposes are defined as activities that substantially assist the criminal justice system, which may include circumstances where ancillary benefit to the civil justice system occurs. Existing funding for purposes of this subsection is defined as calendar year 1989 actual operating expenditures for criminal justice purposes. Calendar year 1989 actual operating expenditures for criminal justice purposes exclude the following: Expenditures for extraordinary events not likely to reoccur, changes in contract provisions for criminal justice services, beyond the control of the local jurisdiction receiving the services, and major nonrecurring capital expenditures. Moneys received by the county and the cities within the county from any tax imposed under this section may be expended for domestic violence community advocates, as defined in RCW 70.123.020, if, prior to July 28, 1991, and prior to approval of the voters, the legislative authority of the county, which submitted an authorizing proposition to the voters of the county, adopted by ordinance a financial plan that included expenditure of a portion of the moneys received for domestic violence community advocates.
The ballot title of any proposition authorizing a tax under this section shall clearly state the specific criminal justice purposes for which the tax will be used, and the tax shall only be used for the specified purposes.