CERTIFICATION OF ENROLLMENT
SUBSTITUTE SENATE BILL 5638
2001 Regular Session
Passed by the Senate April 17, 2001
YEAS 49 NAYS 0
President of the Senate
Passed by the House April 12, 2001
YEAS 95 NAYS 0
I, Tony M. Cook, Secretary of the Senate of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is SUBSTITUTE SENATE BILL 5638 as passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives on the dates hereon set forth.
Speaker of the
House of Representatives
Speaker of the
House of Representatives
Governor of the State of Washington
Secretary of State
State of Washington
SUBSTITUTE SENATE BILL 5638
AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE
Passed Legislature - 2001 Regular Session
State of Washington 57th Legislature 2001 Regular Session
By Senate Committee on State & Local Government (originally sponsored by Senators Gardner, Swecker and Snyder)
READ FIRST TIME 02/28/01.
AN ACT Relating to county treasurer technical corrections; and amending RCW 35.02.140, 35.13.270, 35A.14.801, 36.29.010, 36.29.050, 36.29.090, 36.29.100, 36.29.160, 36.29.170, 36.35.120, 36.35.150, 36.96.040, 36.96.070, 39.44.200, 39.46.020, 39.50.010, 39.50.030, 84.38.140, 84.56.250, 85.38.220, and 85.38.225.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
Sec. 1. RCW 35.02.140 and 1986 c 234 s 20 are each amended to read as follows:
Whenever in any territory forming a part of an incorporated city or
town which is part of a road district, and road district regular property taxes
are collectable on any property within such territory, the same shall, when
collected by the county treasurer, be paid to such city or town and placed in
the city or town street fund by the city or town((
: PROVIDED, That));
except that road district taxes that are delinquent before the date of
incorporation shall be paid to the county and placed in the county road fund.
This section shall not apply to excess property tax levies securing general
indebtedness or any special assessments due in behalf of such property.
Sec. 2. RCW 35.13.270 and 1998 c 106 s 1 are each amended to read as follows:
any territory is annexed to a city or town which is part of a road district of
the county and road district taxes have been levied but not collected on any
property within the annexed territory, the same shall when collected by the
county treasurer be paid to the city or town and by the city or town placed in
the city or town street fund((
: PROVIDED, That)); except that road
district taxes that are delinquent before the date of annexation shall be paid
to the county and placed in the county road fund. This section shall not
apply to any special assessments due in behalf of such property. The city or
town is required to provide notification, by certified mail, that includes a
list of annexed parcel numbers, to the county treasurer and assessor at least
thirty days before the effective date of the annexation. The county treasurer
is only required to remit to the city or town those road taxes collected thirty
days or more after receipt of the notification.
Sec. 3. RCW 35A.14.801 and 1998 c 106 s 2 are each amended to read as follows:
Whenever any territory is annexed to a code city which is part of a
road district of the county and road district taxes have been levied but not
collected on any property within the annexed territory, the same shall when
collected by the county treasurer be paid to the code city and by the city
placed in the city street fund((
: PROVIDED, That)); except that road
district taxes that are delinquent before the date of annexation shall be paid
to the county and placed in the county road fund. This section shall not
apply to any special assessments due in behalf of such property. The code city
is required to provide notification, by certified mail, that includes a list of
annexed parcel numbers, to the county treasurer and assessor at least thirty
days before the effective date of the annexation. The county treasurer is only
required to remit to the code city those road taxes collected thirty or more
days after receipt of the notification.
Sec. 4. RCW 36.29.010 and 1998 c 106 s 3 are each amended to read as follows:
The county treasurer:
(1) Shall receive all money due the county and disburse it on warrants issued and attested by the county auditor and electronic funds transfer under RCW 39.58.750 as attested by the county auditor;
(2) Shall issue a receipt in duplicate for all money received other than taxes; the treasurer shall deliver immediately to the person making the payment the original receipt and the duplicate shall be retained by the treasurer;
(3) Shall affix on the face of all paid warrants the date of redemption or, in the case of proper contract between the treasurer and a qualified public depositary, the treasurer may consider the date affixed by the financial institution as the date of redemption;
indorse)) endorse, before the date of issue by the county
or by any taxing district for whom the county treasurer acts as treasurer, on
the face of all warrants for which there are not sufficient funds for payment,
"interest bearing warrant." When there are funds to redeem
outstanding warrants, the county treasurer shall give notice:
(a) By publication in a legal newspaper published or circulated in the county; or
(b) By posting at three public places in the county if there is no such newspaper; or
(c) By notification to the financial institution holding the warrant;
(5) Shall pay interest on all interest-bearing warrants from the date of issue to the date of notification;
(6) Shall maintain financial records reflecting receipts and disbursement by fund in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles;
(7) Shall account for and pay all bonded indebtedness for the county and all special districts for which the county treasurer acts as treasurer;
(8) Shall invest all funds of the county or any special district in the treasurer's custody, not needed for immediate expenditure, in a manner consistent with appropriate statutes. If cash is needed to redeem warrants issued from any fund in the custody of the treasurer, the treasurer shall liquidate investments in an amount sufficient to cover such warrant redemptions; and
(9) May provide certain collection services for county departments.
The treasurer, at the expiration of the term of office, shall make a complete settlement with the county legislative authority, and shall deliver to the successor all public money, books, and papers in the treasurer's possession.
Sec. 5. RCW 36.29.050 and 1969 ex.s. c 48 s 1 are each amended to read as follows:
the county treasurer redeems any warrant on which interest is due, ((
the treasurer shall enter on (( his)) the warrant register
account the amount of interest paid, distinct from the principal.
Sec. 6. RCW 36.29.090 and 1963 c 4 s 36.29.090 are each amended to read as follows:
an action based upon official misconduct is commenced against any county
treasurer the county commissioners may suspend ((
him)) the treasurer
from office until such suit is determined, and may appoint some person to fill
Sec. 7. RCW 36.29.100 and 1963 c 4 s 36.29.100 are each amended to read as follows:
county treasurer of each county in which there is a city of the first class is
ex officio collector of city taxes of such city, and before entering upon the
duties of ((
his)) office (( he)) the treasurer shall
execute in favor of the city and file with the clerk thereof a good and
sufficient bond, the penal sum to be fixed by the city council, such bond to be
approved by the mayor of such city or other authority thereof by whom the bond
of the city treasurer is required to be approved. All special assessments and
special taxation for local improvements assessed on property benefited shall be
collected by the city treasurer.
Sec. 8. RCW 36.29.160 and 1998 c 106 s 4 are each amended to read as follows:
county treasurer shall make segregation, collect, and receive from any owner or
owners of any subdivision or portion of any lot, tract or parcel of land upon
which assessments or charges have been made or may be made by public utility
districts, water-sewer districts, or the county, under the terms of Title 54
RCW, Title 57 RCW, or chapter 36.88, 36.89, or 36.94 RCW, such portion of the
assessments or charges levied or to be levied against such lot, tract or parcel
of land in payment of such assessment or charges as the board of commissioners
of the public utility district, the water-sewer district commissioners or the
board of county commissioners, respectively, shall certify to be chargeable to
such subdivision, which certificate shall state that such property as
segregated is sufficient security for the assessment or charges. Upon making collection
upon any such subdivision the county treasurer shall note such payment upon ((
the records of the office of the treasurer and give receipt
therefor. When a segregation is required, a certified copy of the resolution
shall be delivered to the treasurer of the county in which the real property is
located who shall proceed to make the segregation ordered upon being tendered a
fee of three dollars for each tract of land for which a segregation is to be
Sec. 9. RCW 36.29.170 and 1963 c 4 s 36.29.170 are each amended to read as follows:
county treasurer shall keep ((
his)) the office of the
treasurer at the (( seat of justice of his)) county seat, and
shall keep the same open for transaction of business during business hours; and
(( he and his)) the treasurer and the treasurer's deputy are
authorized to administer all oaths necessary in the discharge of the duties of
(( his)) the office.
Sec. 10. RCW 36.35.120 and 1993 c 310 s 1 are each amended to read as follows:
Real property acquired by any county of this state by foreclosure of delinquent taxes may be sold by order of the county legislative authority of the county when in the judgment of the county legislative authority it is deemed in the best interests of the county to sell the real property.
When the legislative authority desires to sell any such property it may, if deemed advantageous to the county, combine any or all of the several lots and tracts of such property in one or more units, and may reserve from sale coal, oil, gas, gravel, minerals, ores, fossils, timber, or other resources on or in the lands, and the right to mine for and remove the same, and it shall then enter an order on its records fixing the unit or units in which the property shall be sold and the minimum price for each of such units, and whether the sale will be for cash or whether a contract will be offered, and reserving from sale such of the resources as it may determine and from which units such reservations shall apply, and directing the county treasurer to sell such property in the unit or units and at not less than the price or prices and subject to such reservations so fixed by the county legislative authority. The order shall be subject to the approval of the county treasurer if several lots or tracts of land are combined in one unit.
in cases where the sale is to be by direct negotiation as provided in ((
chapter)) RCW 36.35.150, it shall be the duty of the county
treasurer upon receipt of such order to publish once a week for three
consecutive weeks a notice of the sale of such property in a newspaper of
general circulation in the county where the land is situated. The notice shall
describe the property to be sold, the unit or units, the reservations, and the
minimum price fixed in the order, together with the time and place and terms of
sale, in the same manner as foreclosure sales as provided by RCW 84.64.080.
The person making the bid shall state whether he or she will pay cash for the amount of his or her bid or accept a real estate contract of purchase in accordance with the provisions hereinafter contained. The person making the highest bid shall become the purchaser of the property. If the highest bidder is a contract bidder the purchaser shall be required to pay thirty percent of the total purchase price at the time of the sale and shall enter into a contract with the county as vendor and the purchaser as vendee which shall obligate and require the purchaser to pay the balance of the purchase price in ten equal annual installments commencing November 1st and each year following the date of the sale, and shall require the purchaser to pay twelve percent interest on all deferred payments, interest to be paid at the time the annual installment is due; and may contain a provision authorizing the purchaser to make payment in full at any time of any balance due on the total purchase price plus accrued interest on such balance. The contract shall contain a provision requiring the purchaser to pay before delinquency all subsequent taxes and assessments that may be levied or assessed against the property subsequent to the date of the contract, and shall contain a provision that time is of the essence of the contract and that in event of a failure of the vendee to make payments at the time and in the manner required and to keep and perform the covenants and conditions therein required of him or her that the contract may be forfeited and terminated at the election of the vendor, and that in event of the election all sums theretofore paid by the vendee shall be forfeited as liquidated damages for failure to comply with the provisions of the contract; and shall require the vendor to execute and deliver to the vendee a deed of conveyance covering the property upon the payment in full of the purchase price, plus accrued interest.
The county legislative authority may, by order entered in its records, direct the coal, oil, gas, gravel, minerals, ores, timber, or other resources sold apart from the land, such sale to be conducted in the manner hereinabove prescribed for the sale of the land. Any such reserved minerals or resources not exceeding two hundred dollars in value may be sold, when the county legislative authority deems it advisable, either with or without such publication of the notice of sale, and in such manner as the county legislative authority may determine will be most beneficial to the county.
Sec. 11. RCW 36.35.150 and 1997 c 244 s 2 are each amended to read as follows:
The county legislative authority may dispose of tax foreclosed
property by private negotiation, without a call for bids, for not less than the
principal amount of the unpaid taxes in any of the following cases: (1) When
the sale is to any governmental agency and for public purposes; (2) when the
county legislative authority determines that it is not practical to build on
the property due to the physical characteristics of the property or legal
restrictions on construction activities on the property; (3) when the property
has an assessed value of less than five hundred dollars and the property is
sold to an adjoining landowner; or (4) when no acceptable bids were received at
the attempted public auction of the property, if the sale is made within ((
twelve months from the date of the attempted public auction.
Sec. 12. RCW 36.96.040 and 1979 ex.s. c 5 s 4 are each amended to read as follows:
After such hearings, the county legislative authority shall make written findings whether each of the special purpose districts that was a subject of the hearings meets each of the criteria of being "inactive." Whenever a special purpose district other than a public utility district has been found to meet a criterion of being inactive, or a public utility district has been found to meet both criteria of being inactive, the county legislative authority shall adopt an ordinance dissolving the special purpose district if it also makes additional written findings detailing why it is in the public interest that the special purpose district be dissolved, and shall provide a copy of the ordinance to the county treasurer. Except for the purpose of winding up its affairs as provided by this chapter, a special purpose district that is so dissolved shall cease to exist and the authority and obligation to carry out the purposes for which it was created shall cease thirty-one days after adoption of the dissolution ordinance.
Sec. 13. RCW 36.96.070 and 1979 ex.s. c 5 s 7 are each amended to read as follows:
moneys or funds of the dissolved special purpose district and any moneys or
funds received by the board of trustees from the sale or other disposition of
any property of the dissolved special purpose district shall be used, to the
extent necessary, for the payment or settlement of any outstanding obligations
of the dissolved special purpose district. Any remaining moneys or funds shall
be used to pay the county legislative authority for all costs and expenses
incurred in the dissolution and liquidation of the dissolved special purpose
district. Thereafter, any remaining moneys, funds, or property shall become
that of the county in which the dissolved special purpose district was
: PROVIDED, That)). However, if the territory of the
dissolved special purpose district was located within more than one county, the
remaining moneys, funds, and personal property shall be apportioned and distributed
to each county in the proportion that the geographical area of the dissolved
special purpose district within the county bears to the total geographical area
of the dissolved special purpose district, and any remaining real property or
improvements to real property shall be transferred to the county within whose
boundaries it lies. A county to which real property or improvements to real
property are transferred under this section does not have an obligation to use
the property or improvements for the purposes for which the dissolved special
purpose district used the property or improvements and the county does not
assume the obligations or liabilities of the dissolved special purpose district
as a result of the transfer.
Sec. 14. RCW 39.44.200 and 1990 c 220 s 1 are each amended to read as follows:
Unless the context clearly requires otherwise, the definitions in this section apply throughout RCW 39.44.200 through 39.44.240.
(1) "Bond" means "bond" as defined in RCW 39.46.020, but also includes any other indebtedness that may be issued by any local government to fund private activities or purposes where the indebtedness is of a nonrecourse nature payable from private sources, including debt issued under chapter 39.50 RCW.
(2) "Local government" means "local government" as defined in RCW 39.46.020.
(3) "Type of bond" includes: (a) General obligation bonds, including councilmanic and voter-approved bonds; (b) revenue bonds; (c) local improvement district bonds; (d) special assessment bonds such as those issued by irrigation districts and diking districts; and (e) other classes of bonds.
(4) "State" means "state" as defined in RCW 39.46.020 but also includes any commissions or other entities of the state.
Sec. 15. RCW 39.46.020 and 1995 c 38 s 6 are each amended to read as follows:
Unless the context clearly requires otherwise, the definitions in this section apply throughout this chapter.
(1) "Bond" means any agreement which may or may not be represented by a physical instrument, including notes, warrants, or certificates of indebtedness, that evidences an indebtedness of the state or a local government or a fund thereof, where the state or local government agrees to pay a specified amount of money, with or without interest, at a designated time or times to either registered owners or bearers, including debt issued under chapter 39.50 RCW.
(2) "Local government" means any county, city, town, special purpose district, political subdivision, municipal corporation, or quasi municipal corporation, including any public corporation created by such an entity.
(3) "Obligation" means an agreement that evidences an indebtedness of the state or a local government, other than a bond, and includes, but is not limited to, conditional sales contracts, lease obligations, and promissory notes.
(4) "State" includes the state, agencies of the state, and public corporations created by the state or agencies of the state.
(5) "Treasurer" means the state treasurer, county treasurer, city treasurer, or treasurer of any other municipal corporation.
Sec. 16. RCW 39.50.010 and 1999 c 153 s 54 are each amended to read as follows:
As used in this chapter, the following terms have the meanings indicated unless the context clearly requires otherwise.
(1) "Governing body" means the legislative authority of a municipal corporation by whatever name designated;
(2) "Local improvement district" includes local improvement districts, utility local improvement districts, road improvement districts, and other improvement districts that a municipal corporation is authorized by law to establish;
(3) "Municipal corporation" means any city, town, county, water-sewer district, school district, port district, public utility district, metropolitan municipal corporation, public transportation benefit area, park and recreation district, irrigation district, fire protection district or any other municipal or quasi municipal corporation described as such by statute, or regional transit authority, except joint operating agencies under chapter 43.52 RCW;
(4) "Ordinance" means an ordinance of a city or town or resolution or other instrument by which the governing body of the municipal corporation exercising any power under this chapter takes formal action and adopts legislative provisions and matters of some permanency; and
(5) "Short-term obligations" are warrants, notes, capital leases, or other evidences of indebtedness, except bonds.
Sec. 17. RCW 39.50.030 and 1995 c 38 s 9 are each amended to read as follows:
The issuance of short-term obligations shall be authorized by ordinance of the
governing body which ordinance shall fix the maximum amount of the obligations
to be issued or, if applicable, the maximum amount which may be outstanding at
any time, the maximum term and interest rate or rates to be borne thereby, the
manner of sale, maximum price, form including bearer or registered as provided
in RCW 39.46.030, terms, conditions, and the covenants thereof. For those
municipalities and taxing and assessment districts for which the county
treasurer is not the designated treasurer by law, the ordinance may provide
for designation and employment of a paying agent for the short-term obligations
and may authorize a designated representative of the municipal corporation, ((
if the county, the county treasurer to act on its behalf and)) subject to
the terms of the ordinance in selling and delivering short-term obligations
authorized and fixing the dates, price, interest rates, and other details as
may be specified in the ordinance. For the county and those taxing and
assessment districts for which the county treasurer is the designated treasurer
by law or other appointment, the county treasurer shall be notified thirty days
in advance of borrowing under this chapter and will be the designated paying
agent to act on its behalf for all payments of principal, interest, and
penalties for that obligation, subject to the terms of the ordinance in selling
and delivering short-term obligations authorized and fixing the dates, price,
interest rates, and other details as may be specified in the ordinance.
Short-term obligations issued under this section shall bear such fixed or
variable rate or rates of interest as the governing body considers to be in the
best interests of the municipal corporation. Variable rates of interest may be
fixed in relationship to such standard or index as the governing body
The governing body may make contracts for the future sale of short-term obligations pursuant to which the purchasers are committed to purchase the short-term obligations from time to time on the terms and conditions stated in the contract, and may pay such consideration as it considers proper for the commitments. Short-term obligations issued in anticipation of the receipt of taxes shall be paid within six months from the end of the fiscal year in which they are issued. For the purpose of this subsection, short-term obligations issued in anticipation of the sale of general obligation bonds shall not be considered to be obligations issued in anticipation of the receipt of taxes.
(2) Notwithstanding subsection (1) of this section, such short-term obligations may be issued and sold in accordance with chapter 39.46 RCW.
Sec. 18. RCW 84.38.140 and 1984 c 220 s 27 are each amended to read as follows:
county treasurer)) department shall collect all the amounts
deferred together with interest under this chapter(( ,)). However, in
the event that the department is unable to collect an amount deferred together
with interest, that amount deferred together with interest shall be collected
by the county treasurer in the manner provided for in chapter 84.56 RCW.
For purposes of collection of deferred taxes, the provisions of chapters 84.56,
84.60, and 84.64 RCW shall be applicable.
When any deferred special assessment and/or real property taxes together with
interest are collected the moneys shall be ((
credited to a special account
in the county treasury. The county treasurer shall remit the amount of
deferred special assessment and/or real property taxes together with interest
to the department within thirty days from the date of collection. (3)
The department shall deposit the deferred taxes)) deposited
in the state general fund.
Sec. 19. RCW 84.56.250 and 1961 c 15 s 84.56.250 are each amended to read as follows:
any county treasurer ((
shall wilfully)) willfully refuses
or neglects to collect any taxes assessed upon personal property, where
the same is collectible, or to file the delinquent list and affidavit, as
herein provided, (( he)) the treasurer shall be held, in his or
her next settlement with the (( auditor)) county legislative
authority, liable for the whole amount of such taxes uncollected, and the
same shall be deducted from his or her salary and applied to the several
funds for which they were levied.
Sec. 20. RCW 85.38.220 and 1986 c 278 s 10 are each amended to read as follows:
Any special district may have its operations suspended as provided in this section. The process of suspending a special district's operations may be initiated by: (1) The adoption of a resolution proposing such action by the governing body of the special district; (2) the filing of a petition proposing such action with the county legislative authority of the county in which all or the largest portion of the special district is located, which petition is signed by voters of the special district who own at least ten percent of the acreage in the special district or is signed by ten or more voters of the special district; or (3) the adoption of a resolution proposing such action by the county legislative authority of the county in which all or the largest portion of the special district is located.
A public hearing on the proposed action shall be held by the county legislative authority at which it shall inquire into whether such action is in the public interest. Notice of the public hearing shall be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the special district, posted in at least four locations in the special district to attract the attention of the public, and mailed to the members of the governing body of the special district, if there are any. After the public hearing, the county legislative authority may adopt a resolution suspending the operations of the special district if it finds such suspension to be in the public interest, and shall provide a copy of the resolution to the county treasurer. When a special district is located in more than one county, the legislative authority of each of such counties must so act before the operations of the special district are suspended.
After holding a public hearing on the proposed reactivation of a special district that has had its operations suspended, the legislative authority or authorities of the county or counties in which the special district is located may reactivate the special district by adopting a resolution finding such action to be in the public interest. Notice of the public hearing shall be posted and published as provided for the public hearing on a proposed suspension of a special district's operations. The governing body of a reactivated special district shall be appointed as in a newly created special district.
No special district that owns drainage or flood control
improvements may be ((
dissolved)) suspended unless the
legislative authority of a county accepts responsibility for operation and
maintenance of the improvements during the suspension period.
Sec. 21. RCW 85.38.225 and 1991 c 28 s 2 are each amended to read as follows:
As an alternative to this chapter a drainage district or drainage improvement district located within the boundaries of a county storm drainage and surface water management utility, and which is not currently imposing assessments, may be dissolved by ordinance of the county legislative authority. If the alternative dissolution procedure in this section is used the following shall apply:
(1) The county storm drainage and surface water management utility shall assume responsibility for payment or settlement of outstanding debts of the dissolved drainage district or drainage improvement district, and shall notify the county treasurer at such time of the assumption of responsibility.
(2) All assets, including money, funds, improvements, or property, real or personal, shall become assets of the county in which the dissolved drainage district or drainage improvement district was located.
(3) Notwithstanding RCW 85.38.220, the county storm drainage and surface water management utility may determine how to best manage, operate, maintain, improve, exchange, sell, or otherwise dispose of all property, real and personal, of the dissolved drainage district or drainage improvement district, and may determine to modify, cease the operation of, and/or remove any or all facilities or improvements to real property of the dissolved drainage district or drainage improvement district.
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