57th Legislature

                      2002 Regular Session


Passed by the House February 19, 2002

  Yeas 95   Nays 2




Speaker of the House of Representatives







Passed by the Senate March 7, 2002

  Yeas 43   Nays 3



I, Cynthia Zehnder, Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is SECOND SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL 1477  as passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate on the dates hereon set forth.




                          Chief Clerk






President of the Senate




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Governor of the State of Washington

                   Secretary of State

                  State of Washington



                 SECOND SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL 1477



             Passed Legislature - 2002 Regular Session


State of Washington      57th Legislature     2002 Regular Session


By House Committee on Finance (originally sponsored by Representatives Dunshee, Mulliken, Lantz, Rockefeller, G. Chandler, Cooper and McIntire)


Read first time 02/05/2002.  Referred to Committee on .

Allowing counties to impose taxes for emergency communication systems.

    AN ACT Relating to the imposition of taxes by counties for emergency communication systems and facilities; and adding a new section to chapter 82.14 RCW.




    NEW SECTION.  Sec. 1.  A new section is added to chapter 82.14 RCW to read as follows:

    (1) A county legislative authority may submit an authorizing proposition to the county voters, and if the proposition is approved by a majority of persons voting, fix and impose a sales and use tax in accordance with the terms of this chapter for the purposes designated in subsection (3) of this section.

    (2) The tax authorized in this section shall be in addition to any other taxes authorized by law and shall be collected from those persons who are taxable by the state under chapters 82.08 and 82.12 RCW upon the occurrence of any taxable event within the county.  The rate of tax shall equal one-tenth of one percent of the selling price in the case of sales tax, or value of the article used, in the case of a use tax.

    (3) Moneys received from any tax imposed under this section shall be used solely for the purpose of providing funds for costs associated with financing, design, acquisition, construction, equipping, operating, maintaining, remodeling, repairing, reequipping, and improvement of emergency communication systems and facilities.

    (4) Counties are authorized to develop joint ventures to collocate emergency communication systems and facilities.

    (5) Prior to submitting the tax authorization in subsection (2) of this section to the voters in a county that provides emergency communication services to a governmental agency pursuant to a contract, the parties to the contract shall review and negotiate or affirm the terms of the contract.

    (6) Prior to submitting the tax authorized in subsection (2) of this section to the voters, a county with a population of more than five hundred thousand in which any city over fifty thousand operates emergency communication systems and facilities shall enter into an interlocal agreement with the city to determine distribution of the revenue provided in this section.


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