|State of Washington||59th Legislature||2005 Regular Session|
READ FIRST TIME 03/07/05.
AN ACT Relating to county property tax levies for school purposes; amending RCW 29A.36.210, 84.52.043, and 84.55.005; adding a new section to chapter 84.52 RCW; and creating a new section.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
NEW SECTION. Sec. 1 It is the intent of the legislature that
additional funding provided under section 2 of this act be used by
school districts to provide regional cost-of-living salary supplements
to school district employees, as determined through collective
NEW SECTION. Sec. 2 A new section is added to chapter 84.52 RCW
to read as follows:
(1) A county may impose a regular property tax levy for schools within the county in accordance with this section.
(2) Upon receiving resolutions requesting a levy under this section from the board of directors of school districts within the county where the petitioning school districts represent a majority of the students within the county, the county legislative authority shall submit an authorizing proposition to the county voters.
(3) If the proposition is approved by a majority of the voters voting on the proposition, the county shall impose a levy not to exceed the lesser of the amount necessary to fully fund the cost-of-living supplements defined in subsection (5) of this section or seventy-five cents per thousand dollars of assessed value.
(4) Ballot propositions shall conform with RCW 29A.36.210.
(5) Any tax imposed under this section shall be used solely to provide regional cost-of-living salary supplements to school district employees, as determined through collective bargaining. For certificated instructional staff, the supplements shall be provided in the form of separate contracts for additional time, additional responsibility, or incentive, pursuant to RCW 28A.400.200(4). The county shall distribute levy proceeds to each school district within the county in an amount equal to the number of the district's full-time equivalent employees in the prior school year multiplied by the cost-of-living salary supplement for the county. The cost-of-living salary supplement for each county shall be calculated by the superintendent of public instruction. The cost-of-living salary supplement for a county is the difference between the weighted average housing and urban development rent for the county and the smallest weighted average housing and urban development rent for any county. The weighted average housing and urban development rent for a county is equal to the housing and urban development rent for the county weighted by fifty percent plus the housing and urban development rent for the two neighboring counties weighted by twenty-five percent each. For each county, the superintendent shall select the two contiguous counties with the highest housing and urban development rent as the neighboring counties. Except for Skamania county, counties located west of the crest of the Cascade mountains shall not be selected as neighbors for counties located east of the crest of the Cascade mountains and counties located east of the crest of the Cascade mountains shall not be selected as neighbors for counties located west of the crest of the Cascade mountains. The housing and urban development rent for a county is the most recently available fair market rent for two-bedroom units published by the federal department of housing and urban development under section 8 of the United States housing act of 1937 annualized for a twelve-month period. For school districts not wholly contained within a county in which the tax is levied, the district's number of full-time equivalent employees shall be prorated based on the percentage of the school district's total assessed value that is contained within the county as adjusted to one hundred percent by the county indicated ratio established in RCW 84.48.075. The cost-of-living salary supplement shall be reduced as necessary so that the total distributed to school districts does not exceed the levy amount.
(6) The tax levy authorized in this section is not part of the county levy in RCW 84.52.043(1) and the limitations in RCW 84.52.043(2) do not apply.
(7) The limitation in RCW 84.55.010 does not apply to the tax levy authorized in this section.
Sec. 3 RCW 29A.36.210 and 2004 c 80 s 2 are each amended to read
(1) The ballot proposition authorizing a taxing district to impose the regular property tax levies authorized in RCW 36.69.145, 67.38.130, 84.52.069, or 84.52.135 shall contain in substance the following:
"Shall the . . . . . . (insert the name of the taxing district) be authorized to impose regular property tax levies of . . . . . . (insert the maximum rate) or less per thousand dollars of assessed valuation for each of . . . . . . (insert the maximum number of years allowable) consecutive years?
Yes. . . . . . . . . . . . □
No . . . . . . . . . . . . □"
Each voter shall indicate either "Yes" or "No" on his or her ballot in accordance with the procedures established under this title.
(2) The ballot proposition authorizing a taxing district to impose a permanent regular tax levy under RCW 84.52.069 or section 2 of this act shall contain the following:
"Shall the . . . . . (insert the name of the taxing district) be authorized to impose a PERMANENT regular property levy of . . . . . (insert the maximum rate) or less per thousand dollars of assessed valuation?
Yes. . . . . . . . . . . . □
No . . . . . . . . . . . . □"
Sec. 4 RCW 84.52.043 and 2004 c 80 s 4 are each amended to read
Within and subject to the limitations imposed by RCW 84.52.050 as amended, the regular ad valorem tax levies upon real and personal property by the taxing districts hereafter named shall be as follows:
(1) Levies of the senior taxing districts shall be as follows: (a) The levy by the state shall not exceed three dollars and sixty cents per thousand dollars of assessed value adjusted to the state equalized value in accordance with the indicated ratio fixed by the state department of revenue to be used exclusively for the support of the common schools; (b) the levy by any county shall not exceed one dollar and eighty cents per thousand dollars of assessed value; (c) the levy by any road district shall not exceed two dollars and twenty-five cents per thousand dollars of assessed value; and (d) the levy by any city or town shall not exceed three dollars and thirty-seven and one-half cents per thousand dollars of assessed value. However any county is hereby authorized to increase its levy from one dollar and eighty cents to a rate not to exceed two dollars and forty-seven and one-half cents per thousand dollars of assessed value for general county purposes if the total levies for both the county and any road district within the county do not exceed four dollars and five cents per thousand dollars of assessed value, and no other taxing district has its levy reduced as a result of the increased county levy.
(2) The aggregate levies of junior taxing districts and senior taxing districts, other than the state, shall not exceed five dollars and ninety cents per thousand dollars of assessed valuation. The term "junior taxing districts" includes all taxing districts other than the state, counties, road districts, cities, towns, port districts, and public utility districts. The limitations provided in this subsection shall not apply to: (a) Levies at the rates provided by existing law by or for any port or public utility district; (b) excess property tax levies authorized in Article VII, section 2 of the state Constitution; (c) levies for acquiring conservation futures as authorized under RCW 84.34.230; (d) levies for emergency medical care or emergency medical services imposed under RCW 84.52.069; (e) levies to finance affordable housing for very low-income housing imposed under RCW 84.52.105; (f) the portions of levies by metropolitan park districts that are protected under RCW 84.52.120; (g) levies imposed by ferry districts under RCW 36.54.130; ((
and)) (h) levies for criminal justice purposes
under RCW 84.52.135; and (i) levies by counties for school purposes
under section 2 of this act.
Sec. 5 RCW 84.55.005 and 2002 c 1 s 2 are each amended to read as
As used in this chapter:
(1) "Inflation" means the percentage change in the implicit price deflator for personal consumption expenditures for the United States as published for the most recent twelve-month period by the bureau of economic analysis of the federal department of commerce in September of the year before the taxes are payable;
(2) "Limit factor" means:
(a) For taxing districts with a population of less than ten thousand in the calendar year prior to the assessment year, one hundred one percent;
(b) For taxing districts for which a limit factor is authorized under RCW 84.55.0101, the lesser of the limit factor under that section or one hundred one percent;
(c) For all other districts, the lesser of one hundred one percent or one hundred percent plus inflation; and
(3) "Regular property taxes" has the meaning given it in RCW 84.04.140, except does not include tax levies under section 2 of this act.