|Passed by the House April 18, 2009|
Speaker of the House of Representatives
Passed by the Senate April 9, 2009
President of the Senate
I, Barbara Baker, Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL 1583 as passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate on the dates hereon set forth.
Governor of the State of Washington
Secretary of State
State of Washington
|State of Washington||61st Legislature||2009 Regular Session|
READ FIRST TIME 02/17/09.
AN ACT Relating to county auditors; amending RCW 36.17.045, 36.17.050, 36.22.010, 36.22.090, 36.22.170, 36.40.010, 36.40.030, 36.40.050, 36.40.130, 36.40.210, 36.96.020, 36.96.090, and 43.09.280; reenacting and amending RCW 36.40.040; and repealing RCW 28A.350.010, 28A.350.020, 28A.350.030, 28A.350.040, 28A.350.050, 28A.350.060, 28A.350.070, 36.18.110, 36.18.120, and 36.18.130.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
Sec. 1 RCW 36.17.045 and 1963 c 164 s 3 are each amended to read
Employees of the counties shall have the right to voluntarily authorize the monthly deduction of their pledges to the United Good Neighbor or its successor, monthly payment to a credit ((
as defined in RCW 31.12.005, and monthly dues to a labor union, from
their salaries or wages. When such written authorization is received
by the county auditor, he or she shall make such monthly deduction.
Sec. 2 RCW 36.17.050 and 1999 c 71 s 3 are each amended to read
The auditor shall not draw his warrant for the salary of any
officer until the latter shall have first filed his duplicate receipt
with the auditor, properly signed by the treasurer, showing he has made
the last required monthly statement and settlement.)) If the superior
court issues a declaratory judgment under RCW 36.16.125 finding that a
county officer has abandoned his or her duties, the county officer may
not be paid a salary.
Sec. 3 RCW 36.22.010 and 1995 c 194 s 1 are each amended to read
The county auditor:
(1) Shall be recorder of deeds and other instruments in writing which by law are to be filed and recorded in and for the county for which he or she is elected;
(2) Shall keep an account current with the county treasurer, charge all money received as shown by receipts issued and credit all disbursements paid out according to the record of settlement of the treasurer with the legislative authority;
(3) Shall make out and transmit to the state auditor a ((
statement of the state fund account with the county (( for the past
fiscal year certified by his or her certificate and seal, immediately
after the completion of the annual settlement of the county treasurer
with the legislative authority)) in accordance with standards developed
by the state auditor. The statement must be available to the public;
(4) Shall make available a complete exhibit of the prior-year finances of the county including, but not limited to, a statement of financial condition and financial operation in accordance with standards developed by the state auditor. This exhibit shall be made available after the financial records are closed for the prior year;
(5) Shall make out a register of all warrants legally authorized and directed to be issued by the legislative body at any regular or special meeting. The auditor shall make the data available to the county treasurer. The auditor shall retain the original of the register of warrants for future reference;
(6) As clerk of the board of county commissioners, shall:
Record all of the proceedings of the legislative authority;
Make full entries of all of their resolutions and decisions on all questions concerning the raising of money for and the allowance of accounts against the county;
Record the vote of each member on any question upon which there is a division or at the request of any member present;
Sign all orders made and warrants issued by order of the legislative authority for the payment of money;
Record the reports of the county treasurer of the receipts and disbursements of the county;
Preserve and file all accounts acted upon by the legislative authority;
Preserve and file all petitions and applications for franchises and record the action of the legislative authority thereon;
Record all orders levying taxes;
Perform all other duties required by any rule or order of the legislative authority.
Sec. 4 RCW 36.22.090 and 1975 c 43 s 31 are each amended to read
All warrants for the payment of claims against diking, ditch, drainage and irrigation districts and school districts of the second class, who do not issue their own warrants, as well as political subdivisions within the county for which no other provision is made by law, shall be drawn and issued by the county auditor of the county wherein such subdivision is located, upon ((
approved)) proper approval by the governing body thereof.
Sec. 5 RCW 36.22.170 and 2005 c 442 s 1 are each amended to read
(1)(a) Except as provided in (b) of this subsection, a surcharge of five dollars per instrument shall be charged by the county auditor for each document recorded, which will be in addition to any other charge authorized by law. One dollar of the surcharge shall be ((
the county general fund to be)) used at the discretion of the county
commissioners to promote historical preservation or historical
programs, which may include preservation of historic documents.
(b) A surcharge of two dollars per instrument shall be charged by the county auditor for each document presented for recording by the employment security department, which will be in addition to any other charge authorized by law.
(2) Of the remaining revenue generated through the surcharges under subsection (1) of this section:
(a) Fifty percent shall be transmitted monthly to the state treasurer who shall distribute such funds to each county treasurer within the state in July of each year in accordance with the formula described in RCW 36.22.190. The county treasurer shall place the funds received in a special account titled the auditor's centennial document preservation and modernization account to be used solely for ongoing preservation of historical documents of all county offices and departments and shall not be added to the county current expense fund; and
(b) Fifty percent shall be retained by the county and deposited in the auditor's operation and maintenance fund for ongoing preservation of historical documents of all county offices and departments.
(3) The centennial document preservation and modernization account is hereby created in the custody of the state treasurer and shall be classified as a treasury trust account. State distributions from the centennial document preservation and modernization account shall be made without appropriation.
Sec. 6 RCW 36.40.010 and 1963 c 4 s 36.40.010 are each amended to
read as follows:
On or before the second Monday in July of each year, the county auditor or chief financial officer designated in a charter county shall notify in writing each county official, elective or appointive, in charge of an office, department, service, or institution of the county, to file with him or her on or before the second Monday in August thereafter detailed and itemized estimates, both of the probable revenues from sources other than taxation, and of all expenditures required by such office, department, service, or institution for the ensuing fiscal year.
Sec. 7 RCW 36.40.030 and 1995 c 301 s 62 are each amended to read
The estimates required in RCW 36.40.010 and 36.40.020 shall be submitted on forms provided by the county auditor or chief financial officer designated in a charter county and classified according to the classification established by the state auditor. The county auditor or chief financial officer designated in a charter county shall provide such forms. He or she shall also prepare the estimates for interest and debt redemption requirements and any other estimates the preparation of which properly falls within the duties of his or her office.
Each such official shall file his or her estimates within the time and in the manner provided in the notice and form and the county auditor or chief financial officer ((
shall)) designated in a charter
county may deduct and withhold as a penalty from the salary of each
official failing or refusing to file such estimates as herein provided,
the sum of (( ten)) fifty dollars for each day of delay: PROVIDED, That
the total penalty against any one official shall not exceed two hundred
fifty dollars in any one year.
In the absence or disability of any official the duties required herein shall devolve upon the official or employee in charge of the office, department, service, or institution for the time being. The notice shall contain a copy of this penalty clause.
Sec. 8 RCW 36.40.040 and 1995 c 301 s 63 and 1995 c 194 s 7 are
each reenacted and amended to read as follows:
Upon receipt of the estimates the county auditor or chief financial officer designated in a charter county shall prepare the county budget which shall set forth the complete financial program of the county for the ensuing fiscal year, showing the expenditure program and the sources of revenue by which it is to be financed.
The revenue section shall set forth the estimated receipts from sources other than taxation for each office, department, service, or institution for the ensuing fiscal year, the actual receipts for the first six months of the current fiscal year and the actual receipts for the last completed fiscal year, the estimated surplus at the close of the current fiscal year and the amount proposed to be raised by taxation.
The expenditure section shall set forth in comparative and tabular form by offices, departments, services, and institutions the estimated expenditures for the ensuing fiscal year, the appropriations for the current fiscal year, the actual expenditures for the first six months of the current fiscal year including all contracts or other obligations against current appropriations, and the actual expenditures for the last completed fiscal year.
All estimates of receipts and expenditures for the ensuing year shall be fully detailed in the annual budget and shall be classified and segregated according to a standard classification of accounts to be adopted and prescribed by the state auditor after consultation with the Washington state association of counties and the Washington state association of county officials.
The county auditor or chief financial officer designated in a charter county shall set forth separately in the annual budget to be submitted to the county legislative authority the total amount of emergency warrants issued during the preceding fiscal year, together with a statement showing the amount issued for each emergency, and the legislative authority shall include in the annual tax levy, a levy sufficient to raise an amount equal to the total of such warrants: PROVIDED, That the legislative authority may fund the warrants or any part thereof into bonds instead of including them in the budget levy.
Sec. 9 RCW 36.40.050 and 1963 c 4 s 36.40.050 are each amended to
read as follows:
The budget shall be submitted by the auditor or chief financial officer designated in a charter county to the board of county commissioners on or before the first Tuesday in September of each year. The board shall thereupon consider the same in detail, making any revisions or additions it deems advisable.
Sec. 10 RCW 36.40.130 and 1963 c 4 s 36.40.130 are each amended
to read as follows:
Expenditures made, liabilities incurred, or warrants issued in excess of any of the detailed budget appropriations or as revised by transfer as in RCW 36.40.100((
, 36.40.110)) or 36.40.120 provided shall
not be a liability of the county, but the official making or incurring
such expenditure or issuing such warrant shall be liable therefor
personally and upon his or her official bond. The county auditor shall
issue no warrant and the county commissioners shall approve no claim
for any expenditure in excess of the detailed budget appropriations or
as revised under the provisions of RCW 36.40.100 through 36.40.130,
except upon an order of a court of competent jurisdiction, or for
emergencies as hereinafter provided. (( Any county commissioner, or
county auditor, approving any claim or issuing any warrant in excess of
any such budget appropriation except as herein provided shall forfeit
to the county fourfold the amount of such claim or warrant which shall
be recovered by action against such county commissioner or auditor, or
all of them, and the several sureties on their official bonds.))
Sec. 11 RCW 36.40.210 and 1963 c 4 s 36.40.210 are each amended
to read as follows:
On or before the twenty-fifth day of each month the auditor shall submit or make available to the board of county commissioners a report showing the expenditures and liabilities against each separate budget appropriation incurred during the preceding calendar month and like information for the whole of the current fiscal year to the first day of said month, together with the unexpended and unencumbered balance of each appropriation. He or she shall also set forth the receipts from taxes and from sources other than taxation for the same periods.
Sec. 12 RCW 36.96.020 and 1979 ex.s. c 5 s 2 are each amended to
read as follows:
On or before June 1st of 1980, and on or before June 1st of every year thereafter, each county auditor shall search available records and notify the county legislative authority if any special purpose districts located wholly or partially within the county appear to be inactive. ((
Each county auditor shall also provide in the
notifications made in 1982 and thereafter a list of all special purpose
districts located wholly or partially within the county which, for
three consecutive years before the notification, have failed to file
statements with the county auditor as required in RCW 36.96.090.)) If
the territory of any special purpose district is located within more
than one county, the legislative authorities of all other counties
within whose boundaries such a special purpose district lies shall also
be notified by the county auditor. However, the authority to dissolve
such a special purpose district as provided by this chapter shall rest
solely with the legislative authority of the county which contains the
greatest geographic portion of such special purpose district.
Sec. 13 RCW 36.96.090 and 1979 ex.s. c 5 s 9 are each amended to
read as follows:
(1) Every special purpose district shall file a statement with
the auditor of each county in which it lies on or before December 31st
of every year, beginning in the year 1979. The initial statement filed
by each special purpose district shall contain)) For every newly
created special purpose district, the auditor of each county in which
the special purpose district is located shall provide the state auditor
with the following information:
(a))) (1) The name of the special purpose district and a general
description of its location (( and geographical area within the county
and within any other county;));
(b) The statutes under which the special purpose district operates
(c))) (2) The name, address, and telephone number(( , and
remaining term of office)) of each member of its governing authority;
(d))) (3) The functions that the special purpose district is then
presently performing and the purposes for which it was created.
Subsequent annual statements need only identify the special purpose
district and any of the above detailed information that has changed in
the last year.))
(2) Each county auditor, on or before January 31, 1980, and on or before January 31st each year thereafter, shall forward to the state auditor a summation of the information contained in the statements required to be filed in subsection (1) of this section together with information of each special purpose district located wholly or partially within the county that has been dissolved during the preceding year.
Sec. 14 RCW 43.09.280 and 1995 c 301 s 18 are each amended to
read as follows:
The expense of auditing public accounts shall be borne by each entity subject to such audit for the auditing of all accounts under its jurisdiction and the state auditor shall certify the expense of such audit to the fiscal or warrant-issuing officer of such entity, who shall immediately make payment to the state auditor. If the expense as certified is not paid by any local government within thirty days from the date of certification, the state auditor may certify the expense to the auditor of the county in which the local government is situated, who shall promptly issue his or her warrant on the county treasurer payable out of the current expense fund of the county, which fund, except as to auditing the financial affairs and making inspection and examination of the county, shall be reimbursed by the county auditor or chief financial officer designated in a charter county out of the money due the local government at the next monthly settlement of the collection of taxes and shall be transferred to the current expense fund.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 15 The following acts or parts of acts are
(1) RCW 28A.350.010 (Registering warrants -- All districts) and 1990 c 33 s 373, 1975 c 43 s 27, 1973 c 111 s 2, & 1969 ex.s. c 223 s 28A.66.010;
(2) RCW 28A.350.020 (Registering warrants -- Second-class districts) and 1990 c 33 s 374, 1975 c 43 s 28, & 1969 ex.s. c 223 s 28A.66.020;
(3) RCW 28A.350.030 (Auditing accounts -- All districts) and 1969 ex.s. c 223 s 28A.66.030;
(4) RCW 28A.350.040 (Auditor to draw and issue warrants -- Second-class districts) and 1990 c 33 s 375, 1975 c 43 s 29, 1973 c 111 s 3, & 1969 ex.s. c 223 s 28A.66.040;
(5) RCW 28A.350.050 (Teacher must qualify before warrant drawn and issued or registered -- All districts) and 1973 c 72 s 1, 1971 c 48 s 45, & 1969 ex.s. c 223 s 28A.66.050;
(6) RCW 28A.350.060 (Liability of auditor for warrants exceeding budget -- All districts) and 1975-'76 2nd ex.s. c 118 s 31 & 1969 ex.s. c 223 s 28A.66.070;
(7) RCW 28A.350.070 (Orders for warrants not transferable -- Second-class districts) and 1975 c 43 s 30 & 1969 ex.s. c 223 s 28A.66.080;
(8) RCW 36.18.110 (Monthly statement to county auditor) and 1985 c 44 s 3, 1984 c 128 s 3, & 1963 c 4 s 36.18.110;
(9) RCW 36.18.120 (Statements to be checked) and 1985 c 44 s 4, 1984 c 128 s 4, & 1963 c 4 s 36.18.120; and
(10) RCW 36.18.130 (Errors or irregularities) and 1963 c 4 s 36.18.130.