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                    SUBSTITUTE SENATE BILL 6284



State of Washington      55th Legislature     1998 Regular Session


By Senate Committee on Education (originally sponsored by Senators Hochstatter, Zarelli, Sellar, Swecker, Johnson and Stevens)


Read first time 01/28/98.

Prescribing mandatory titles in school excess-levy titles.

    AN ACT Relating to mandatory titles in school excess-levy titles; amending RCW 84.52.053; and declaring an emergency.




    Sec. 1.  RCW 84.52.053 and 1997 c 260 s 1 are each amended to read as follows:

    The limitations imposed by RCW 84.52.050 through 84.52.056, and 84.52.043 shall not prevent the levy of taxes by school districts, when authorized so to do by the voters of such school district in the manner and for the purposes and number of years allowable under Article VII, section 2(a) of the Constitution of this state.  Elections for such taxes shall be held in the year in which the levy is made or, in the case of propositions authorizing two-year through four-year levies for maintenance and operation support of a school district, authorizing two-year levies for transportation vehicle funds established in RCW 28A.160.130, or authorizing two-year through six-year levies to support the construction, modernization, or remodeling of school facilities, in the year in which the first annual levy is made:  PROVIDED, That once additional tax levies have been authorized for maintenance and operation support of a school district for a two-year through four-year period, no further additional tax levies for maintenance and operation support of the district for that period may be authorized.

    A special election may be called and the time therefor fixed by the board of school directors, by giving notice thereof by publication in the manner provided by law for giving notices of general elections, at which special election the proposition authorizing such excess levy shall be submitted in such form as to enable the voters favoring the proposition to vote "yes" and those opposed thereto to vote "no".  All ballot titles for additional tax levies shall use the words "excess levy" or "levy in excess."  In the case of levies for the maintenance and operation support of a school district, ballot titles shall also use the words "maintenance and operation."


    NEW SECTION.  Sec. 2.  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 takes effect immediately.


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