SENATE BILL REPORT
This analysis was prepared by non-partisan legislative staff for the use of legislative members in their deliberations. This analysis is not a part of the legislation nor does it constitute a statement of legislative intent.
As Reported by Senate Committee On:
Local Government, January 22, 2019
Title: An act relating to the compensation of commissioners of certain metropolitan park districts.
Brief Description: Concerning the compensation of commissioners of certain metropolitan park districts.
Sponsors: Senators Conway and Takko.
Committee Activity: Local Government: 1/17/19, 1/22/19 [DP, DNP].
SENATE COMMITTEE ON LOCAL GOVERNMENT
Majority Report: Do pass.
Signed by Senators Takko, Chair; Salomon, Vice Chair; Short, Ranking Member.
Minority Report: Do not pass.
Signed by Senator Honeyford.
Staff: Bonnie Kim (786-7316)
Background: Metropolitan Park District. MPDs may be created by majority vote on a ballot proposition for the management, control, improvement, maintenance, and acquisition of parks, parkways, boulevards, and recreational facilities. Generally, MPDs are governed by five elected park commissioners who serve six-year terms. Park commissioners may be compensated at a rate of $90 maximum per day and $8,640 maximum per year. The Office of Financial Management (OFM) must adjust these dollar thresholds for inflation every five years beginning July 1, 2008.
Summary of Bill: Generally, the compensation amounts for park commissioners are increased as follows:
daily maximum—from $90 to $128; and
annual maximum—from $8,640 to $12,288.
For MPDs with certain accredited facilities including an aquarium, a wildlife park, and a zoo, the annual compensation maximum amount is $24,576.
The date from which OFM must make inflation adjustments to the compensation thresholds is changed from July 1, 2008 to July 1, 2023.
Fiscal Note: Not requested.
Creates Committee/Commission/Task Force that includes Legislative members: No.
Effective Date: Ninety days after adjournment of session in which bill is passed.
Staff Summary of Public Testimony: PRO: This bill puts these metropolitan park commissioners in parity with other district commissioners. Larger districts with zoos meet more often so a higher annual compensation cap is appropriate. Metro Parks Tacoma is the oldest parks government in the state, with a complex mix of parks and facilities. Our commissioners have reached the annual compensation cap every year since 2015, sometimes as early as halfway through the year.
Persons Testifying: PRO: Andrew Austin, Metro Parks Tacoma.
Persons Signed In To Testify But Not Testifying: No one.