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                         SENATE BILL 5853



State of Washington      55th Legislature     1997 Regular Session


By Senators Goings, McCaslin, Haugen, Winsley and Rasmussen


Read first time 02/17/97.  Referred to Committee on Government Operations.

Providing for fire protection district finance officers.

    AN ACT Relating to fire protection district finance officers; and amending RCW 52.16.010.




    Sec. 1.  RCW 52.16.010 and 1989 c 63 s 24 are each amended to read as follows:

    (1) Except as provided in subsection (2) of this section, it is the duty of the county treasurer of the county in which all, or the largest portion of, any fire protection district created under this title is located to receive and disburse district revenues, to collect taxes and assessments authorized and levied under this title, and to credit district revenues to the proper fund.  However, where a fire protection district is located in more than one county, the county treasurer of each other county in which the district is located shall collect the fire protection district's taxes and assessments that are imposed on property located within the county and transfer these funds to the county treasurer of the county in which the largest portion of the district is located.

    (2) The fire commissioners of a fire protection district that had an annual budget of one million or more dollars in the preceding three years may designate by resolution to adopt a policy for payment of claims or other obligations of the fire district, electing to pay such obligations by check.  However, a check may not be issued when the applicable fund is not solvent at the time payment is ordered.  When checks are used, the board of commissioners shall designate to the county treasurer the qualified public depository wherein the checks are to be drawn.  A person must be designated as a full-time financial officer qualified in financial or fiscal matters and under this subsection shall be bonded with a surety company authorized to do business in this state in an amount at least equal to fifty thousand dollars and under the terms and conditions to protect the district from loss that the fire commissioners establish by resolution.  The district shall pay the premium on the bond.


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