BILL REQ. #:  Z-0524.3 


State of Washington63rd Legislature2014 Regular Session

By Representatives Sawyer, Walsh, Gregerson, Jinkins, Orwall, Robinson, Bergquist, Reykdal, Hansen, Van De Wege, Goodman, Sullivan, Hunt, Pettigrew, Ryu, Kagi, Lytton, Tarleton, Freeman, Ormsby, Walkinshaw, Morrell, Pollet, Appleton, and Riccelli; by request of Washington State Department of Commerce

Read first time 01/16/14.   Referred to Committee on Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs.

     AN ACT Relating to a surcharge for local homeless housing and assistance; amending RCW 36.22.179; and providing an effective date.


Sec. 1   RCW 36.22.179 and 2012 c 90 s 1 are each amended to read as follows:
     (1) In addition to the surcharge authorized in RCW 36.22.178, and except as provided in subsection (2) of this section, an additional surcharge ((of ten dollars)) shall be charged by the county auditor for each document recorded, which will be in addition to any other charge allowed by law. ((From July 1, 2009, through August 31, 2012, and from July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2017, the surcharge shall be thirty dollars. From September 1, 2012, through June 30, 2015,)) Beginning July 1, 2015, the surcharge shall be forty dollars. The funds collected pursuant to this section are to be distributed and used as follows:
     (a) The auditor shall retain two percent for collection of the fee, and of the remainder shall remit sixty percent to the county to be deposited into a fund that must be used by the county and its cities and towns to accomplish the purposes of chapter 484, Laws of 2005, six percent of which may be used by the county for administrative costs related to its homeless housing plan, and the remainder for programs which directly accomplish the goals of the county's local homeless housing plan, except that for each city in the county which elects as authorized in RCW 43.185C.080 to operate its own local homeless housing program, a percentage of the surcharge assessed under this section equal to the percentage of the city's local portion of the real estate excise tax collected by the county shall be transmitted at least quarterly to the city treasurer, without any deduction for county administrative costs, for use by the city for program costs which directly contribute to the goals of the city's local homeless housing plan; of the funds received by the city, it may use six percent for administrative costs for its homeless housing program.
     (b) The auditor shall remit the remaining funds to the state treasurer for deposit in the home security fund account. The department may use twelve and one-half percent of this amount for administration of the program established in RCW 43.185C.020, including the costs of creating the statewide homeless housing strategic plan, measuring performance, providing technical assistance to local governments, and managing the homeless housing grant program. The remaining eighty-seven and one-half percent is to be used by the department to:
     (i) Provide housing and shelter for homeless people including, but not limited to: Grants to operate, repair, and staff shelters; grants to operate transitional housing; partial payments for rental assistance; consolidated emergency assistance; overnight youth shelters; grants and vouchers designated for victims of human trafficking and their families; and emergency shelter assistance; and
     (ii) Fund the homeless housing grant program.
     (2) ((The surcharge imposed in this section applies to documents required to be recorded or filed under RCW 65.04.030(1) including, but not limited to: Full reconveyance; deeds of trust; deeds; liens related to real property; release of liens related to real property; notice of trustee sales; judgments related to real property; and all other documents pertaining to real property as determined by the department. However,)) The surcharge does not apply to (a) assignments or substitutions of previously recorded deeds of trust, or (b) documents recording a birth, marriage, divorce, or death or any documents otherwise exempted from a recording fee under state law.
     (((3) By August 31, 2012, the department shall submit to each county auditor a list of documents that are subject to the surcharge established in subsection (1) of this section.
     (4) If section 2, chapter 90, Laws of 2012 is not enacted into law by July 31, 2012, section 1, chapter 90, Laws of 2012 is null and void.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 2   This act takes effect July 1, 2015.

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