HOUSE BILL NO. 2053


                                                           AS AMENDED BY THE SENATE


                                                                            C 287 L 89



State of Washington                               51st Legislature                              1989 Regular Session


By Representatives Silver, Locke, May, H. Sommers, Ferguson, Horn and Wood



Read first time 2/17/89 and referred to Committee on Revenue.



AN ACT Relating to limiting the one hundred six percent property tax lid; and amending RCW 84.55.050.




        Sec. 1.  Section 24, chapter 288, Laws of 1971 ex. sess. as last amended by section 1, chapter 169, Laws of 1986 and RCW 84.55.050 are each amended to read as follows:

          (1) Subject to any otherwise applicable statutory dollar rate limitations, regular property taxes may be levied by or for a taxing district in an amount exceeding the limitations provided for in this chapter if such levy is authorized by a proposition approved by a majority of the voters of the taxing district voting on the proposition at a general election held within the district or at a special election within the taxing district called by the district for the purpose of submitting such proposition to the voters.  Any election held pursuant to this section shall be held not more than twelve months prior to the date on which the proposed levy is to be made.  The ballot of the proposition shall state the dollar rate proposed and shall clearly state any conditions which are applicable under subsection (3) of this section.

          (2) After a levy authorized pursuant to this section is made, the dollar amount of such levy shall be used for the purpose of computing the limitations for subsequent levies provided for in this chapter, except as provided in subsection (4) of this section.

          (3) A proposition placed before the voters under this section may:

          (a) Limit the period for which the increased levy is to be made;

          (b) Limit the purpose for which the increased levy is to be made, but if the limited purpose includes making redemption payments on bonds, the period for which the increased levies are made shall not exceed nine years;

          (c) Set the levy at a rate less than the maximum rate allowed for the district; or

          (d) Include any combination of the conditions in this subsection.

          (4) After the expiration of a limited period or the satisfaction of a limited purpose, whichever comes first, subsequent levies shall be computed as if:

          (a) The limited proposition under subsection (3) of this section had not been approved; and

          (b) The taxing district had made levies at the maximum rates which would otherwise have been allowed under this chapter during the years levies were made under the limited proposition.

                                                                                                                           Passed the House April 19, 1989.


                                                                                                                                         Speaker of the House.


                                                                                                                           Passed the Senate April 11, 1989.


                                                                                                                                       President of the Senate.