SENATE BILL 5983
State of Washington 52nd Legislature 1991 Regular Session
By Senators Bluechel, Niemi, Thorsness, Skratek, Erwin and A. Smith.
Read first time April 24, 1991. Referred to Committee on Governmental Operations.
AN ACT Relating to metropolitan municipal corporations; amending RCW 35.58.040 and 36.56.040; adding new sections to chapter 35.58 RCW; creating a new section; repealing RCW 35.58.120, 35.58.160, and 35.58.270; and declaring an emergency.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
NEW SECTION. Sec. 1. The purpose of this act is to reduce the size of metropolitan councils and restructure the composition of metropolitan municipal councils.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 2. (1) A metropolitan municipal corporation shall be governed by a metropolitan council consisting of twenty-two members, twenty-one of whom are county and city officials acting in an ex officio and independent capacity and one additional member who will act as chair. For a metropolitan municipal corporation that is authorized to perform the function of metropolitan water pollution abatement, one additional member shall be added who shall be a commissioner of a sewer district or water district that is operating a sewer system and is a component part of the metropolitan municipal corporation. That member may participate only in those council actions that relate to the performance of the function of metropolitan water pollution abatement.
(2) Subject to sections 3 and 4 of this act, the twenty-one ex officio members shall be drawn from among the central county, central city, other component cities as follows:
(a) Ex officio members from the central county shall consist of the executive of the county, if one exists, and those members of the county legislative authority who are elected from the county legislative authority districts located wholly within the metropolitan municipal corporation. The members of the county legislative authority shall select which of their members shall serve on the metropolitan council. In making their selection, due consideration shall be given to the number of persons residing in the unincorporated portion of the members' county legislative authority districts. The county legislative authority of the central county shall select the officials on or before the first day of February of each year to serve for the succeeding calendar year.
(b) Ex officio members from the central city shall consist of the mayor, and the remainder shall be members of the central city council who are selected for service on the metropolitan council by the council of the central city on or before the first day of February of each year to serve for the succeeding calendar year.
(c) Ex officio members from the other component cities shall consist of a mayor or city council member from the component cities with the largest population, and one member who shall be selected from among the mayors of smaller component cities meeting at a time and place before July 1st of each even-numbered year, as designated by the metropolitan council. The chair of the council shall preside. After nominations are made, successive ballots shall be taken until one candidate for each position receives a majority of all votes cast.
(3) The chair of the council shall be selected by the other members of the council. The chair shall not hold any other public office of or be an employee of or have a contract relationship with any component city, component county, or component water or sewer district of the metropolitan municipal corporation.
(4) If required under subsection (1) of this section, an ex officio member from the sewer and water districts shall be chosen by the commissioners of all such sewer districts and water districts that are component parts of the metropolitan municipal corporation. The commissioners shall meet on the second Tuesday of June of each even-numbered year at seven o'clock p.m. at the office of the legislative authority of the central county. After election of a chair, nominations shall be made to select the member to serve on the metropolitan council, and successive ballots shall be taken until one candidate receives a majority of votes cast.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 3. The metropolitan council of a metropolitan municipal corporation existing on the effective date of this act shall retain its existing composition until January 1, 1992, at which time the newly constituted metropolitan council shall assume control over the metropolitan municipal corporation. The first order of business of the newly constituted metropolitan council shall be to select a chair as provided for in RCW 35.58.130. The newly constituted metropolitan council shall be as follows:
(1) The twenty-one ex officio members shall include seven elected officials from the central county, seven elected officials from the central city, and seven elected officials from the other component cities. Any initial selections of such officials that are required shall be made on or before December 15, 1991.
(2) The initial selection of a representative of the sewer districts and water districts shall be made on or before December 15, 1991, as provided for in section 2 of this act. This member shall serve on the metropolitan municipal corporation until June 30, 1992, on or before which time the sewer district and water district commissioners shall meet again to select a representative to serve a full term as provided for in section 2 of this act.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 4. The metropolitan council shall provide for a redistribution of the twenty-one ex officio member positions among the central county, central city, and other component cities, on the basis of relative proportion of the total population of the metropolitan municipal corporation that each of three represented groups possesses, on a date specified by the metropolitan council, within six months after: (1) The date when state redistricting data is released to the state; (2) five years after the date when state redistricting data is released to the state; and (3) whenever the proportionate population ascribed to the central county, central city, or other component cities is altered by ten percent or a greater amount due to incorporations or annexations occurring after the last date under subsection (1) or (2) of this section when the adjustment was subject to potential adjustment. The population of the unincorporated area of the metropolitan municipal corporation shall be ascribed to the central county for purposes of this potential adjustment.
After any such redistribution of the number of ex officio positions between the central county, central city, and other component cities, the elected officials who become ex officio members of the metropolitan council shall be selected as provided in section 2 of this act.
A metropolitan municipal corporation created after the effective date of this act must have the ex officio members distributed among the central county, central city, and other component cities as provided in this chapter.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 5. A vacancy in an ex officio position on a metropolitan council shall be filled in the same manner as provided for the original selection.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 6. Each member of the council shall receive per diem compensation at a rate of fifty dollars per day for each day or major portion thereof devoted to the business of the metropolitan municipal corporation, and for attending each meeting of the council or a subcommittee of the council, unless the council reduces the per diem rate of compensation, but not to exceed seven thousand dollars in any one year.
Metropolitan council members who are also county or city elected officials who serve in such city or county capacities on a full-time basis shall receive this per diem compensation. The county or city government for which these council members are elected officials shall receive the per diem compensation that would be paid to these officials if they did not serve the county or city on a full-time basis.
The chairperson and committee chairpersons, except elected public officials serving on a full-time, salaried basis, may receive such additional compensation as the other members of the council shall provide. However, committee chairpersons shall not receive compensation in any one year greater than one-third of the compensation authorized for county commissioners or county councilpersons of the central county.
Any member of the council may waive all or any portion of his or her salary or per diem compensation as to any month or months during his or her term as a metropolitan council member, by a written waiver filed with the metropolitan municipal corporation as provided in this section. The waiver, to become effective, must be filed any time before the date on which the remuneration otherwise would be paid. The waiver shall specify the month or period of months for which it is made.
Each council member shall be reimbursed for reasonable expenses actually incurred in the conduct of official business for the metropolitan municipal corporation.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 7. The ex officio members of the metropolitan council of a newly created metropolitan municipal corporation shall be selected within twenty-five days after the date of the election at which the favorable vote was cast authorizing the creation of the metropolitan municipal corporation.
Sec. 8. RCW 35.58.040 and 1971 ex.s. c 303 s 3 are each amended to read as follows:
time of its formation no metropolitan municipal corporation shall include only
a part of any city, and every city shall be either wholly included or wholly
excluded from the boundaries of such corporation. If subsequent to the
formation of a metropolitan municipal corporation a part only of any city shall
be included within the boundaries of a metropolitan municipal corporation such
part shall be deemed to be "unincorporated" for the purpose of
selecting a member of the metropolitan council pursuant to ((
35.58.120(3))) section 2 of this act, and such city shall neither
select nor participate in the selection of a member on the metropolitan council
pursuant to (( RCW 35.58.120)) section 3 or 4 of this act.
Any metropolitan municipal corporation now existing or hereafter created, within a class A county contiguous to a class AA county or class AA county, shall, upon May 21, 1971, as to metropolitan corporations existing on such date or upon the date of formation as to metropolitan corporations formed after May 21, 1971, have the same boundaries as those of the respective central county of such metropolitan corporation: PROVIDED, That the boundaries of such metropolitan corporation may be enlarged after such date by annexation as provided in chapter 35.58 RCW as now or hereafter amended. Any contiguous metropolitan municipal corporations may be consolidated into a single metropolitan municipal corporation upon such terms, for the purpose of performing such metropolitan function or functions, and to be effective at such time as may be approved by resolutions of the respective metropolitan councils. In the event of such consolidation the component city with the largest population shall be the central city of such consolidated metropolitan municipal corporation and the component county with the largest population shall be the central county of such consolidated metropolitan municipal corporation.
Sec. 9. RCW 36.56.040 and 1977 ex.s. c 277 s 4 are each amended to read as follows:
If, from the testimony given before the county legislative authority, it appears that the public interest or welfare would be satisfied by the county assuming the rights, powers, functions, and obligations of the metropolitan municipal corporation, the county legislative authority may declare that to be its intent and assume such rights, powers, functions, and obligations by ordinance or resolution, as the case may be, providing that the county shall be vested with every right, power, function, and obligation currently granted to or possessed by the metropolitan municipal corporation pursuant to chapter 35.58 RCW (including RCW 35.58.273 relating to levy and use of the motor vehicle excise tax) or other provision of state law, including but not limited to, the power and authority to levy a sales and use tax pursuant to chapter 82.14 RCW or other provision of law: PROVIDED, That such ordinance or resolution shall be submitted to the voters of the county for their adoption and ratification or rejection, and if a majority of the persons voting on the proposition residing within the central city shall vote in favor thereof and a majority of the persons voting on the proposition residing in the metropolitan area outside of the central city shall vote in favor thereof, the ordinance or resolution shall be deemed adopted and ratified.
assumption of the rights, powers, functions, and obligations of the
metropolitan municipal corporation by the county, the metropolitan council
established pursuant to ((
the provisions of RCW 35.58.120 through 35.58.160))
sections 2 through 6 of this act shall be abolished, said provisions
shall be inapplicable to the county, and the county legislative authority shall
thereafter be vested with all rights, powers, duties, and obligations otherwise
vested by law in the metropolitan council: PROVIDED, That in any county with a
home rule charter such rights, powers, functions, and obligations shall vest in
accordance with the executive and legislative responsibilities defined in such
NEW SECTION. Sec. 10. The following acts or parts of acts are each repealed:
(1) RCW 35.58.120 and 1983 c 92 s 1, 1981 c 190 s 3, 1974 ex.s. c 70 s 5, 1971 ex.s. c 303 s 5, 1969 ex.s. c 135 s 1, 1967 c 105 s 3, & 1965 c 7 s 35.58.120;
(2) RCW 35.58.160 and 1985 c 330 s 1, 1974 ex.s. c 84 s 2, & 1965 c 7 s 35.58.160; and
(3) RCW 35.58.270 and 1967 c 105 s 12 & 1965 c 7 s 35.58.270.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 11. Sections 2 through 7 of this act are added to chapter 35.58 RCW.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 12. This act is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety, or support of the state government and its existing public institutions, and shall take effect immediately.