BILL REQ. #: H-0414.1
|State of Washington||62nd Legislature||2011 Regular Session|
Read first time 02/03/11. Referred to Committee on Local Government.
AN ACT Relating to community municipal corporations; and amending RCW 35.14.010 and 35.14.060.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
Sec. 1 RCW 35.14.010 and 1993 c 75 s 1 are each amended to read
Until January 1, 2012, whenever unincorporated territory is annexed by a city or town pursuant to the provisions of chapter 35.13 RCW, or whenever unincorporated territory is annexed to a code city pursuant to the provisions of chapter 35A.14 RCW, community municipal corporations may be organized for the territory comprised of all or a part of an unincorporated area annexed to a city or town pursuant to chapter 35.13 or 35A.14 RCW, if: (1) The service area is such as would be eligible for incorporation as a city or town; or (2) the service area has a minimum population of not less than three hundred inhabitants and ten percent of the population of the annexing city or town; or (3) the service area has a minimum population of not less than one thousand inhabitants.
Until January 1, 2012, whenever two or more cities are consolidated pursuant to the provisions of chapter 35.10 RCW, a community municipal corporation may be organized within one or more of the consolidating cities.
No territory shall be included in the service area of more than one community municipal corporation. Whenever a new community municipal corporation is formed embracing all of the territory of an existing community municipal corporation, the prior existing community municipal corporation shall be deemed to be dissolved on the effective date of the new corporation.
Sec. 2 RCW 35.14.060 and 2009 c 549 s 2013 are each amended to
read as follows:
The original terms of existence of any community municipal corporation shall be for at least four years and until the first Monday in January next following a regular municipal election held in the city.
Any such community municipal corporation may be continued thereafter for additional periods of four years' duration with the approval of the voters at an election held and conducted in the manner provided for in this section.
Authorization for a community municipal corporation to continue its term of existence for each additional period of four years may be initiated pursuant to a resolution or a petition in the following manner:
(1) A resolution praying for such continuation may be adopted by the community council and shall be filed not less than seven months prior to the end of the term of existence of such corporation with the city council or other legislative body of the city in which the service area is located.
(2) A petition for continuation shall be signed by at least ten percent of the registered voters residing within the service area and shall be filed not less than six months prior to the end of the term of existence of such corporation with the city council or other legislative body of the city in which the service area is located.
At the same election at which a proposition is submitted to the voters of the city in which the service area is located for the continuation of the community municipal corporation for an additional period of four years, the community councilmembers of such municipal corporation shall be elected. The positions on such council shall be the same in number as the original or initial council and shall be numbered consecutively and elected at large. Declarations of candidacy and withdrawals shall be in the same manner as is provided for members of the city council or other legislative body of the city.
Upon receipt of a petition, the city clerk shall ((
signatures thereon and certify to the sufficiency thereof.)) transmit
the signatures to the appropriate officer or officers for a
determination of sufficiency as provided in RCW 35.21.005. Except as
provided in RCW 35.21.005(4), no person may withdraw his or her name
from a petition after it has been filed.
Upon receipt of a valid resolution or upon ((
receiving a certificate of sufficiency for a petition for continuation
of a community municipal corporation, the city clerk with whom the
resolution or petition was filed shall cause a proposition on
continuation of the term of existence of the community municipal
corporation to be placed on the ballot at the next city general
election. (( No)) A person (( shall be)) is not eligible to vote on such
proposition at such election unless he or she is a qualified voter and
resident of the city in which the service area is located.
The ballots shall contain the words "For continuation of community municipal corporation" and "Against continuation of community municipal corporation" or words equivalent thereto, and shall also contain the names of the candidates to be voted for to fill the positions on the community council. The names of all candidates to be voted upon shall be printed on the ballot alphabetically in groups under the numbered position on the council for which they are candidates.
If the results of the election as certified by the county canvassing board reveal that a majority of the votes cast are for continuation, the municipal corporation shall continue in existence for an additional period of four years, and certificates of election shall be issued to the successful candidates who shall assume office at the same time as members of the city council or other legislative body of the city.