BILL REQ. #: Z-0524.3
|State of Washington||63rd Legislature||2014 Regular Session|
Read first time 01/16/14. Referred to Committee on Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs.
AN ACT Relating to a surcharge for local homeless housing and assistance; amending RCW 36.22.179; and providing an effective date.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
Sec. 1 RCW 36.22.179 and 2012 c 90 s 1 are each amended to read
(1) In addition to the surcharge authorized in RCW 36.22.178, and except as provided in subsection (2) of this section, an additional surcharge ((
of ten dollars)) shall be charged by the county auditor for
each document recorded, which will be in addition to any other charge
allowed by law. (( From July 1, 2009, through August 31, 2012, and from
July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2017, the surcharge shall be thirty
dollars. From September 1, 2012, through June 30, 2015,)) Beginning
July 1, 2015, the surcharge shall be forty dollars. The funds
collected pursuant to this section are to be distributed and used as
(a) The auditor shall retain two percent for collection of the fee, and of the remainder shall remit sixty percent to the county to be deposited into a fund that must be used by the county and its cities and towns to accomplish the purposes of chapter 484, Laws of 2005, six percent of which may be used by the county for administrative costs related to its homeless housing plan, and the remainder for programs which directly accomplish the goals of the county's local homeless housing plan, except that for each city in the county which elects as authorized in RCW 43.185C.080 to operate its own local homeless housing program, a percentage of the surcharge assessed under this section equal to the percentage of the city's local portion of the real estate excise tax collected by the county shall be transmitted at least quarterly to the city treasurer, without any deduction for county administrative costs, for use by the city for program costs which directly contribute to the goals of the city's local homeless housing plan; of the funds received by the city, it may use six percent for administrative costs for its homeless housing program.
(b) The auditor shall remit the remaining funds to the state treasurer for deposit in the home security fund account. The department may use twelve and one-half percent of this amount for administration of the program established in RCW 43.185C.020, including the costs of creating the statewide homeless housing strategic plan, measuring performance, providing technical assistance to local governments, and managing the homeless housing grant program. The remaining eighty-seven and one-half percent is to be used by the department to:
(i) Provide housing and shelter for homeless people including, but not limited to: Grants to operate, repair, and staff shelters; grants to operate transitional housing; partial payments for rental assistance; consolidated emergency assistance; overnight youth shelters; grants and vouchers designated for victims of human trafficking and their families; and emergency shelter assistance; and
(ii) Fund the homeless housing grant program.
The surcharge imposed in this section applies to documents
required to be recorded or filed under RCW 65.04.030(1) including, but
not limited to: Full reconveyance; deeds of trust; deeds; liens
related to real property; release of liens related to real property;
notice of trustee sales; judgments related to real property; and all
other documents pertaining to real property as determined by the
department. However,)) The surcharge does not apply to (a) assignments
or substitutions of previously recorded deeds of trust, or (b)
documents recording a birth, marriage, divorce, or death or any
documents otherwise exempted from a recording fee under state law.
(3) By August 31, 2012, the department shall submit to each
county auditor a list of documents that are subject to the surcharge
established in subsection (1) of this section.))
(4) If section 2, chapter 90, Laws of 2012 is not enacted into law by July 31, 2012, section 1, chapter 90, Laws of 2012 is null and void.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 2 This act takes effect July 1, 2015.