WSR 14-19-023
[Filed September 8, 2014, 8:54 a.m.]
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The attorney general's office seeks public input on the following opinion request(s):
Opinion Docket No. 14-08-02
Request by Tana Senn, Representative, District 41
1. May a petition under RCW 27.12.030 to establish a library be submitted to the voters when a library already exists in the taxing district and the City has not withdrawn from the District pursuant to the terms of the Interlocal Agreement (Section 9) and applicable state law (RCW 27.12.380)?
2. If the answer to Question 1 is "yes", would the Interlocal Agreement be considered a "contract for library services" within the meaning of RCW 27.12.080 and, as such, preclude an election under RCW 27.12.030 on the basis of the city having already exercised its authority to contract to receive library services from an existing library instead of establishing an independent library?
3. If the answer to Question 1 is "no" or the answer to Question 2 is "yes", what is the proper process under which such a question can be submitted to the voters?
4. What are the implications of certifying signatures under RCW 27.12.030 versus validating signatures?