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AGO 2013 No. 1 >  July 1, 2013
TRANSPORTATION
Voter Approval Requirement For High Capacity Transportation System Plan


A transit agency seeking to establish high capacity transportation service that does not intend to rely upon local option revenue sources authorized by RCW 81.104.150 through .170 is required to obtain voter approval of its system plan only if the transit agency participates in a joint regional policy committee.  Voter approval of the system plan is not required if the transit agency participates in a regional policy committee.

AGO 2013 No. 2 >  August 20, 2013
DISTRICT, IRRIGATION - CONTRACTS - STATUTORY AUTHORITY - PUBLIC FUNDS
Authority Of Irrigation Districts To Indemnify The United States


Irrigation districts have the statutory authority to enter into contracts with the United States Bureau of Reclamation, but lack the statutory authority to indemnify the United States through such contracts.


AGO 2013 No. 3 >  August 21, 2013
DISTRICT, PUBLIC HOSPITAL - HOSPITALS - PUBLIC FUNDS - HEALTH - CONTRACTS
Whether A Public Hospital District Violates RCW 9.02 If It Contracts With A Provider Of Health Care Services That Declines To Provide Certain Services

 

A public hospital district that provides, directly or by contract, maternity care benefits, services, or information to women, through any program administered or funded in whole or in part by the district, must also provide the substantially equivalent benefits, services, or information required by RCW 9.02.160 and .100.

AGO 2013 No. 4 >  September 27, 2013
EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES - TAX LEVIES
Authorizing The Uninterrupted Continuation Of An Emergency Medical Services Levy
 
Where local voters have previously approved an emergency medical services levy for either a six-year or ten-year period, the approval of at least 60 percent of the voters is necessary to extend the levy for an additional period at a higher tax rate.
AGO 2013 No. 5 >  November 14, 2013
TAXATION - TIMBER - COUNTY TREASURER - BONDS
Use Of Timber Excise Tax Revenues

   

  1. A local taxing district other than a school district may use timber tax revenues distributed under RCW 84.33.081(2) only to pay debt services related to capital bonds authorized under RCW 84.52.056. 
  2. RCW 84.33.081(2) does not specify the manner in which a taxing district applies timber tax revenues to the debt service. 
  3. In the year in which a taxing district fully pays off its capital bonds issued pursuant to RCW 84.52.056, its use of timber tax revenue distributed pursuant to RCW 84.33.081(2) is not restricted to any particular purpose.
AGO 2013 No. 6 >  December 3, 2013
ENERGY - DISTRICT, PUBLIC UTILITY - UTILITIES - CITIES AND TOWNS - CONSERVATION - ELECTRICAL - STATE AUDITOR
Identification Of Cost-Effective Energy Conservation Potential By Consumer-Owned Utilities
 
  1.  The reference to the “most recently published regional power plan” in RCW 19.285.040(1)(a), which was enacted as part of Initiative Measure 937, refers to the Pacific Northwest Electric Power And Conservation Planning Council power plan in existence at the time the statute was enacted.
  2. The term “methodologies” in RCW 19.285.040(1)(a) means a set of methods or procedures employed in the solution of a problem.
  3. The phrase “conservation calculator” in WAC 194-37-070 refers not only to the calculator employed in the power plan in existence at the time RCW 19.285.040 was enacted, but also refers to calculators based on the most recently published power plan.
  4. RCW 19.285.040(1)(b) requires a consumer-owned utility to review and update its achievable cost-effective conservation potential every two years, including any necessary update to biennial targets based on new information.
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