WASHINGTON ATTORNEY GENERAL
The Washington Attorney General issues formal published opinions in response to requests by the heads of state agencies, state legislators, and county prosecuting attorneys. When it appears that individuals outside the Attorney General's Office have information or expertise that will assist in the preparation of a particular opinion, a summary of that opinion request will be published in the state register. If you are interested in commenting on a request listed in this volume of the register, you should notify the Attorney General's Office of your interest by August 8, 2001. This is not the due date by which comments must be received. However, if you do not notify the Attorney General's Office of your interest in commenting on an opinion request by August 8, 2001, the opinion may be issued before your comments have been received. You may notify the Attorney General's Office of your intention to comment by calling (360) 586-4218, or by writing to the Solicitor General, Office of the Attorney General, P.O. Box 40100, Olympia, WA 98504-0100. When you notify the office of your intention to comment, you will be provided with a copy of the opinion request in which you are interested; information about the Attorney General's Opinion process; information on how to submit your comments; and a due date by which your comments must be received to ensure that they are fully considered.
The Attorney General's Office seeks public input on the following opinion request(s).
Request by Honorable Tim Sheldon, Senator, 35th
1. May a county use revenues derived from the local option sales and use tax program for rural counties, authorized under RCW 82.14.370, to finance any or all of the following costs related to public facilities: (1) Capital facilities costs, including acquisition, construction, rehabilitation, alteration, expansion, or improvements of public facilities; (2) costs of development and improvements for the public facilities; (3) project-specific environmental costs; (4) land use and permitting costs; (5) costs of site planning and analysis; and (6) project design, including feasibility and marketing studies and plans, and debt and revenue impact analysis? 2. Does the requirement in RCW 82.14.370(3) that a public facility must be listed as an item in an officially adopted county overall economic development plan, or the economic development section of a county's comprehensive plan, or the comprehensive plan of a city or town located within the county for those counties planning under the Growth Management Act (GMA) mean that the public facility must have an economic development purpose such as permanent private sector job creation or retention (beyond the jobs created directly in constructing a project)? 3. Is the answer to question 2 the same for those counties that do not have an adopted overall economic development plan and do not plan under the GMA, where RCW 82.14.370(3) requires that the public facilities must be listed in the county's capital facilities plan or the capital facilities plan of a city or town located within the county? 4. If the answer to question 3 is yes, what is the standard, if any, by which a county must determine whether a public facility has an economic development purpose?