SENATE BILL 6119
State of Washington 55th Legislature 1998 Regular Session
By Senators Schow, Haugen, Patterson, McCaslin and Roach
Read first time 01/12/98. Referred to Committee on Government Operations.
AN ACT Relating to voter approval of a city assumption of a water-sewer district; amending RCW 35.13A.010 and 35.13A.020; adding new sections to chapter 35.13A RCW; and repealing RCW 35.13A.030, 35.13A.040, 35.13A.050, and 35.13A.060.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
Sec. 1. RCW 35.13A.010 and 1971 ex.s. c 95 s 1 are each amended to read as follows:
Whenever used in this chapter, the following words shall have the following meanings:
The words "district," "water district,"
and "sewer district" shall mean a ((
water district or sewer
district as indicated by the context of the section in which used)) "water-sewer
district" as that term is used in Title 57 RCW.
(2) The word "city" shall mean a city or town of any class and shall also include any code city as defined in chapter 35A.01 RCW.
(3) The words "included with" shall mean the inclusion of all or part of the territory of a district, as indicated by the context, within the corporate limits of a city either by incorporation of a city, annexation to a city, consolidation of cities or any combination thereof.
(4) The word "indebtedness" shall include general obligation, revenue, and special indebtedness and temporary, emergency, and interim loans.
Sec. 2. RCW 35.13A.020 and 1971 ex.s. c 95 s 2 are each amended to read as follows:
all of the territory of a ((
water district or sewer)) district is
included within the corporate boundaries of a city, (( and)) the city (( legislative
body has elected by resolution or ordinance to)) may assume
jurisdiction thereof under section 3 of this act. Upon the assumption,
all real and personal property, franchises, rights, assets, taxes levied but
not collected for the district for other than indebtedness, water (( and)),
sewer (( lines)), and drainage facilities, and all other
facilities and equipment of the district shall become the property of such city
subject to all financial, statutory, or contractual obligations of the district
for the security or performance of which such property may have been pledged.
Such city, in addition to its other powers, shall have the power to manage,
control, maintain, and operate such property, facilities, and
equipment and to fix and collect service and other charges from owners and
occupants of properties so served by the city, subject, however, to any
outstanding indebtedness, bonded or otherwise, of the district payable from
taxes, assessments, or revenues of any kind or nature and to any other
contractual obligations of the district.
city may by resolution of its legislative body)) In addition to
assumption of jurisdiction of the district, the city may, under section 3 of
this act, assume the obligation of paying such district indebtedness and of
levying and of collecting or causing to be collected such district taxes, assessments,
and utility rates and charges of any kind or nature to pay and secure the
payment of such indebtedness, according to all of the terms, conditions,
and covenants incident to such indebtedness, and shall assume and perform all
other outstanding contractual obligations of the district in accordance
with all of (( its)) their terms, conditions, and
covenants. No such assumption shall be deemed to impair the obligation of any
indebtedness or other contractual obligation entered into after August 9, 1971.
During the period until the outstanding indebtedness of the district has been
discharged, the territory of the district and the owners and occupants of
property therein, shall continue to be liable for its and their proportionate
share of such indebtedness, including any outstanding assessments levied within
any local improvement district or utility local improvement district thereof.
The city shall assume the obligation of causing the payment of such
indebtedness, collecting such taxes, assessments, and charges and
observing and performing the other district contractual obligations. The
legislative body of the city shall act as the officers of the district for the
purpose of certifying the amount of any property tax to be levied and collected
therein, and causing service and other charges and assessments to be collected
from such property or owners or occupants thereof, enforcing such collection
and performing all other acts necessary to (( insure)) ensure
performance of the district's contractual obligations in the same manner and by
the same means as if the territory of the district had not been included within
the boundaries of a city.
a city assumes the obligation of paying the outstanding indebtedness, and if
property taxes or assessments have been levied and service and other charges
have accrued for such purpose but have not been collected by the district prior
such election)) the assumption, the same when collected
shall belong and be paid to the city and be used by such city so far as
necessary for payment of the indebtedness of the district existing and unpaid
on the date such city (( elects to)) assumes the indebtedness.
Any funds received by the city which have been collected for the purpose of
paying any bonded or other indebtedness of the district, shall be used for the
purpose for which they were collected and for no other purpose. Any
outstanding indebtedness shall be paid as provided in the (( bond)) terms,
conditions, and covenants of the indebtedness. All funds of the
district on deposit with the county treasurer at the time of title transfer
shall be used by the city solely for the benefit of the utility and shall not
be transferred to or used for the benefit of the city's general fund.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 3. A new section is added to chapter 35.13A RCW to read as follows:
When the legislative body of a city desires to assume all of a district under RCW 35.13A.020, it shall adopt a resolution declaring its intent to assume jurisdiction of the district and, at its option, to further assume the obligation of paying all district indebtedness, levying and collecting taxes, assessments, and charges, and performing contractual obligations as specified in RCW 35.13A.020. Within seven days after adoption of the resolution, the city shall send by certified mail, copy received, a certified copy of the resolution to the district and the county legislative body. Within ninety days after adoption of the resolution, the city shall issue a written report regarding the feasibility of the proposed assumption and its present and future impacts on the city and the district. Within thirty days after receiving the city's report, the district shall by resolution declare whether or not it will issue a written report concerning the same topics. Within seven days after adoption of the resolution, the district shall send by certified mail, copy received, a certified copy of the resolution to the city council. The district shall issue its report within ninety days after adoption of its resolution. After receiving the district's report, or after receiving a district resolution declaring that no report will be issued, whichever is applicable, the legislative body of the city shall adopt a second resolution calling for the submission to the voters of the entire district the question whether the territory of the district shall be assumed by the city, and, if applicable, whether the city shall assume the obligation of paying district indebtedness, levying and collecting taxes, assessments, and charges, and performing contractual obligations as specified in RCW 35.13A.020. If both questions are presented to the voters, they shall be presented as a single proposition. In all cases, the proposition shall be submitted to the voters of the entire district at a general municipal or special election held more than one hundred eighty days after adoption of the second resolution. The request for a special election, the notices of the election, and the conduct of the election shall be in accordance with general election laws. The proposition must be approved by a majority of the voters to be effective. If approved, the assumption shall be effective on December 31st of the year in which the election is held. For purposes of review of the assumption by a county legislative body or county board or agency, the second resolution calling for the election shall be considered the action of the city that initiates or causes the review. The cost of the election shall be paid by the city.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 4. A new section is added to chapter 35.13A RCW to read as follows:
Where a service agreement covering district territory under chapter 36.115 RCW is in effect, an assumption under RCW 35.13A.020 may not be initiated unless the governing bodies of all local governments that are parties to the service agreement approve the assumption.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 5. A new section is added to chapter 35.13A RCW to read as follows:
In counties in which a boundary review board has been established under chapter 36.93 RCW, chapter . . ., Laws of 1998 (this act) applies to assumptions of jurisdiction under this chapter that have not been approved by a boundary review board on the effective date of this act.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 6. The following acts or parts of acts are each repealed:
(1) RCW 35.13A.030 and 1971 ex.s. c 95 s 3;
(2) RCW 35.13.040 and 1971 ex.s. c 95 s 4;
(3) RCW 35.13A.050 and 1971 ex.s. c 95 s 5; and
(4) RCW 35.13A.060 and 1971 ex.s. c 95 s 6.
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