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AGO 1961 No. 29 >  May 18, 1961
OFFICES AND OFFICERS - COUNTY - COMMISSIONERS - CHARGING OF INTEREST - DURATION OF LOAN - AUTHORITY TO TRANSFER FUNDS ON A TEMPORARY LOAN BASIS FROM ONE SOLVENT FUND TO ANOTHER SOLVENT FUND
OFFICES AND OFFICERS ‑- COUNTY ‑- COMMISSIONERS ‑- AUTHORITY TO TRANSFER FUNDS ON A TEMPORARY LOAN BASIS FROM ONE SOLVENT FUND TO ANOTHER SOLVENT FUND ‑- DURATION OF LOAN ‑- CHARGING OF INTEREST (1) County funds which are neither transferable without limitation nor not transferable at all may be loaned on a temporary basis to a solvent fund.(2) The responsibility for making the loan is that of the Board of County Commissioners rather than the County Treasurer.(3) Insolvency of the borrowing fund, in the sense of no assured income within the control of the governmental body to which the fund belongs, would preclude the loan being legally made.(4) The permissive duration of a loan from one county operating fund to another may extend beyond the county fiscal period but must not be a permanent transfer.(5) The County Commissioners must charge a stated interest rate per annum to the borrowing or benefited fund.
AGO 1961 No. 39 >  June 21, 1961
OFFICES AND OFFICERS - COUNTY - COMMISSIONERS - ORDINANCE - AUTHORITY TO CONTROL INSTALLATION OF ELECTRICAL WIRES, ETC
OFFICES AND OFFICERS ‑- COUNTY ‑- COMMISSIONERS ‑- ORDINANCE ‑- AUTHORITY TO CONTROL INSTALLATION OF ELECTRICAL WIRES, ETC Under the provisions of chapter 27, Laws of 1961, boards of county commissioners may adopt such provisions of chapter 19.28 RCW as are necessary for the regulation and control of the installation of electrical wires, equipment, apparatus or appliances, including any rules or regulations relating to such installation as are presently promulgated by the department of labor and industries.
AGO 1982 No. 8 >  June 17, 1982
OFFICES AND OFFICERS - COUNTY - COMMISSIONERS - EMPLOYEES - CIVIL SERVICE
ADOPTION AND IMPLEMENTATION OF COUNTY PERSONNEL SYSTEM There is no authority, under existing state law, for the adoption and implementation, by the board of county commissioners of a noncharter county, of a county personnel system covering the employment, compensation, subsequent promotion, suspension or discharge of all county employees‑-including those appointed by other, independent, county elected officials; there are, however, certain limited actions which may be taken in this area pursuant to a joint agreement between all affected county offices.
AGO 1982 No. 10 >  July 20, 1982
OFFICES AND OFFICERS - COUNTY - PROSECUTING ATTORNEY - COMMISSIONERS - SALARIES - ELECTIONS
ESTABLISHMENT OF FULL-TIME PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE IN FIFTH THROUGH NINTH CLASS COUNTY The board of county commissioners of a fifth through ninth class county may not, simply by making a public announcement to that effect prior to the period for candidates' filings, cause the office of county prosecuting attorney to become a full-time office so as to prohibit the candidate then duly elected to that office from thereafter engaging in the private practice of law.
AGO 1972 No. 27 >  December 5, 1972
DISTRICTS - PUBLIC UTILITY - COMMISSIONERS - REALIGNMENT OF COMMISSIONER DISTRICT BOUNDARIES - VOLUNTARY CHANGE OF RESIDENCE - VACATION OF OFFICE
DISTRICTS ‑- PUBLIC UTILITY ‑- COMMISSIONERS ‑- REALIGNMENT OF COMMISSIONER DISTRICT BOUNDARIES ‑- VOLUNTARY CHANGE OF RESIDENCE ‑- VACATION OF OFFICE (1) Where a public utility district commissioner ceases to be a resident and qualified voter of the commissioner district in which he resided and voted at the time of his election as a consequence of his voluntary removal of his place of residence from one such commissioner district to another, his office is not deemed to have been vacated. (2) Where, as a consequence of the realignment of public utility district commissioner district boundaries under RCW 54.12.010, a duly elected commissioner of a public utility district ceases to be a resident and qualified voter of the commissioner district in which he resided and voted at the time of his election, his office is not deemed to have become vacant.
AGO 1983 No. 6 >  March 29, 1983
DISTRICTS - HOSPITAL - COMMISSIONERS - COMPENSATION
CONSTITUTIONALLY RESTRICTED INCREASE IN COMPENSATION In the event that the currently serving commissioners of a public hospital district by duly adopted resolution raise their own daily rate of compensation from $25 per day to $40 per day in accordance with RCW 70.44.050 as amended by § 14, chapter 84, Laws of 1982, those increases (as to each such commissioner) may not constitutionally take effect until the commencement of his or her next ensuing term of office.
AGO 1962 No. 96 >  February 19, 1962
DISTRICTS - PUBLIC UTILITY - SECOND CLASS - COMMISSIONERS - ELECTION TO FILL VACANCIES
DISTRICTS ‑- PUBLIC UTILITY ‑- SECOND CLASS ‑- COMMISSIONERS ‑- ELECTION TO FILL VACANCIES (1) Where there are two vacancies on the board of commissioners of a second class public utility district both vacancies are to be filled by special election held not more than forty days after such vacancies occur. (2) The commissioners elected at a special election to fill vacancies created on the board of commissioners of a second class public utility district are elected to hold office for the unexpired term of the commissioners whom they replace. (3) The election to fill vacancies on the board of commissioners of a second class public utility district must be held forty days after the occurrence of the vacancies pursuant to RCW 54.12.010.  The county auditor, who is charged by law with the power and duty of conducting public utility district elections (in other than class AA or class A counties), is authorized to prescribe a reasonable time within the forty-day period in which petitions for nominations may be filed.
AGO 1962 No. 130 >  May 8, 1962
COUNTIES - COMMISSIONERS - ROADS - FRANCHISE APPLICATION - DESCRIPTION OF ROADS
COUNTIES ‑- COMMISSIONERS ‑- ROADS ‑- FRANCHISE APPLICATION ‑- DESCRIPTION OF ROADS A franchise application by a utility company for permission from a board of county commissioners to utilize certain county roads adequately describes those roads by referring to the section, township, and range in which the roads are located.
AGO 1962 No. 139 >  May 23, 1962
OFFICES AND OFFICERS - COUNTY - COMMISSIONERS - AUTHORITY TO LOAN ROAD FUNDS TO CURRENT EXPENSE FUND - DURATION OF LOAN - CHARGING OF INTEREST
OFFICES AND OFFICERS ‑- COUNTY ‑- COMMISSIONERS ‑- AUTHORITY TO LOAN ROAD FUNDS TO CURRENT EXPENSE FUND ‑- DURATION OF LOAN ‑- CHARGING OF INTEREST A board of county commissioners may authorize a loan of surplus (nonappropriated) amounts in the county road fund to a solvent county expense fund on a temporary basis provided interest on the loan is charged.
AGO 1962 No. 152 >  August 8, 1962
COUNTIES - COMMISSIONERS - BUDGET - SUPPORT OF SHERIFF'S CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION - MEANING OF "PRECEDING YEAR'S TOTAL PAYROLL"
COUNTIES ‑- COMMISSIONERS ‑- BUDGET ‑- SUPPORT OF SHERIFF'S CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION ‑- MEANING OF 'PRECEDING YEAR'S TOTAL PAYROLL' The term "preceding year's total payroll" as used in RCW 41.14.210 which provides for the support of the sheriff's civil service commission, means the budgeted total payroll for the fiscal year preceding the ensuing fiscal year.
AGO 1962 No. 158 >  August 29, 1962
OFFICES AND OFFICERS - COUNTY - COMMISSIONERS - ASSESSOR PLAT - CHAPTER 262, LAWS OF 1961
OFFICES AND OFFICERS ‑- COUNTY ‑- COMMISSIONERS ‑- ASSESSOR PLAT ‑- CHAPTER 262, LAWS OF 1961 The various subsections of § 1, chapter 262, Laws of 1961 (RCW 58.18.010), became operative only where the requisite maps are maintained by the assessor and he has, with the permission of the county commissioners, filed an assessor's plat.
AGO 1962 No. 161 >  September 5, 1962
OFFICES AND OFFICERS - COUNTY - COMMISSIONERS - FUNDS - FEDERAL FOREST RESERVE - DISTRIBUTION - JOINT SCHOOL DISTRICT
OFFICES AND OFFICERS ‑- COUNTY ‑- COMMISSIONERS ‑- FUNDS ‑- FEDERAL FOREST RESERVE ‑- DISTRIBUTION ‑- JOINT SCHOOL DISTRICT ‑- CONSTRUCTION OF FACILITIES The board of county commissioners of a county in which part of a joint school district is located may not expend federal forest funds for improvement or addition to school buildings situated in another county, where the joint district belongs to such other county under RCW 28.57.250.
AGO 1975 No. 13 >  June 10, 1975
OFFICES AND OFFICERS - COUNTY - COMMISSIONERS - FUNDS - DISTRICTS - SCHOOLS - DISTRIBUTION OF FEDERAL FOREST FUNDS TO JOINT SCHOOL DISTRICTS
OFFICES AND OFFICERS ‑- COUNTY ‑- COMMISSIONERS ‑- FUNDS ‑- DISTRICTS ‑- SCHOOLS ‑- DISTRIBUTION OF FEDERAL FOREST FUNDS TO JOINT SCHOOL DISTRICTS A board of county commissioners receiving federal forest funds under RCW 36.33.110 is not authorized or directed by that or any other statute to distribute any portion of those funds to a joint school district belonging to another county but lying partially within the county receiving the funds.
AGO 1962 No. 182 >  December 12, 1962
COUNTIES - COMMISSIONERS - AUTHORITY TO DEVELOP WATERFRONT STREET ENDS INTO BOAT LAUNCHING RAMPS - COUNTY ROAD FUNDS
COUNTIES ‑- COMMISSIONERS ‑- AUTHORITY TO DEVELOP WATERFRONT STREET ENDS INTO BOAT LAUNCHING RAMPS ‑- COUNTY ROAD FUNDS The board of county commissioners of King county has the authority to develop waterfront street ends into boat launching ramps and to use county road funds, including motor vehicle funds, for such purpose.
AGO 1984 No. 9 >  March 6, 1984
OFFICES AND OFFICERS - COUNTY - COMMISSIONERS - SHERIFF - SALARIES OR COMPENSATION
AUTHORITY TO FIX SALARIES OF DEPUTY SHERIFFS RCW 41.14.140 does not authorize, or empower, a county sheriff to fix the compensation of his deputies without regard to what the board of county commissioners might have determined.
AGO 1963 No. 45 >  August 5, 1963
DISTRICTS - WATER - COMMISSIONERS - GROUP MEDICAL INSURANCE PLAN OR HEALTH CARE PLAN FOR EMPLOYEES AND DEPENDENTS - AUTHORITY - COMMISSIONERS NOT INCLUDED
DISTRICTS ‑- WATER ‑- COMMISSIONERS ‑- GROUP MEDICAL INSURANCE PLAN OR HEALTH CARE PLAN FOR EMPLOYEES AND DEPENDENTS ‑- AUTHORITY ‑- COMMISSIONERS NOT INCLUDED (1) A water district has the power to initiate and maintain a group medical insurance plan or health care plan for its employees and their dependents and to pay the entire cost thereof. (2) Same: A water district does not have any authority to pay all or any part of the cost of such plan for the benefit of the commissioners of the district since they are officers not employees of the district.
AGO 1963 No. 58 >  September 19, 1963
DISTRICTS - FIRE - COMMISSIONERS - AUTHORITY OF ASSOCIATION TO INCORPORATE AS A NONPROFIT CORPORATION
DISTRICTS ‑- FIRE ‑- COMMISSIONERS ‑- AUTHORITY OF ASSOCIATION TO INCORPORATE AS A NONPROFIT CORPORATION An association of fire commissioners provided for by RCW 52.08.030 (5) does not have the authority to incorporate as a nonprofit corporation.
AGO 1963 No. 73 >  December 9, 1963
DISTRICTS - DRAINAGE - COMMISSIONERS - ESTIMATES FOR TAX ASSESSMENT PURPOSES - TIME FOR SUBMISSION DIRECTORY RATHER THAN MANDATORY
DISTRICTS ‑- DRAINAGE ‑- COMMISSIONERS ‑- ESTIMATES FOR TAX ASSESSMENT PURPOSES ‑- TIME FOR SUBMISSION DIRECTORY RATHER THAN MANDATORY The provisions of RCW 85.05.270 requiring drainage district commissioners on or before the first Monday in October to make and certify to the county auditor an estimate of the cost of maintenance and repair of the improvement for the ensuing year are directory rather than mandatory, and are intended only to secure orderly dispatch in the assessment procedures; therefore an assessment is valid if the requirements of law are satisfied and orderly procedures are followed.
AGO 1963 No. 76 >  December 19, 1963
COUNTIES - SECOND CLASS - COMMISSIONERS - SALARIES - ALLOCATION OF PART FROM COUNTY ROAD FUND
COUNTIES ‑- SECOND CLASS ‑- COMMISSIONERS ‑- SALARIES ‑- ALLOCATION OF PART FROM COUNTY ROAD FUND County commissioners in a county of the second class may not under existing statutes allocate a portion of their salaries from the county road fund or from tax mills earmarked for county roads.
AGO 1964 No. 93 >  March 27, 1964
COUNTIES - COMMISSIONERS - AUTHORITY TO FIX DAYS AND HOURS OF COUNTY OFFICERS - EXCEPTIONS
COUNTIES ‑- COMMISSIONERS ‑- AUTHORITY TO FIX DAYS AND HOURS OF COUNTY OFFICERS ‑- EXCEPTIONS The board of county commissioners of each of the counties in the state has the authority under state law to fix the days and hours that county offices shall be open; therefore the commissioners may establish by ordinance or resolution that county offices will be closed on any Friday or Monday when a county legal holiday falls on a weekend.  However, the clerk's office and sheriff's office must remain open on all judicial days.
AGO 1977 No. 2 >  January 10, 1977
OFFICES AND OFFICERS - COUNTY - COMMISSIONERS - SALARIES - INCREASE IN SALARIES OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS UPON RECLASSIFICATION OF COUNTY
OFFICES AND OFFICERS ‑- COUNTY ‑- COMMISSIONERS ‑- SALARIES ‑- INCREASE IN SALARIES OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS UPON RECLASSIFICATION OF COUNTY Under present state constitutional provisions, it is now permissible for county commissioners to receive a legislatively granted mid-term salary increase resulting from an upward reclassification of their county and the commissioners may, constitutionally, adopt appropriate budgetary amendments to fund such salary increases.
AGO 1964 No. 124 >  October 20, 1964
COUNTIES - COMMISSIONERS - SHERIFF - DEFENSE OF FALSE ARREST CASES - EXPENDITURE OF PUBLIC FUNDS
COUNTIES ‑- COMMISSIONERS ‑- SHERIFF ‑- DEFENSE OF FALSE ARREST CASES ‑- EXPENDITURE OF PUBLIC FUNDS A county can in a proper case (in this connection see AGO 61-62 No. 71 [[to Mark Litchman, State Representative on October 11, 1961]], and AGO 63-64 No. 118) provide legal services 61-62 No. 71, and AGO 63-64 No. 118) provide legal services for the sheriff and his deputies when they are sued as the result of an official act but this responsibility is not a statutory duty of the prosecuting attorney's office.
AGO 1992 No. 8 >  June 1, 1992
DISTRICTS - WATER - COMMISSIONERS - OFFICES AND OFFICERS - COMPENSATION - INSURANCE
Applicability of RCW 41.04.190 to Insurance Benefits Provided to Water District Commissioners Pursuant to RCW 57.04.190 RCW 41.04.190 provides that insurance benefits are not additional compensation for county elected officials.  RCW 41.04.190 does not apply to insurance benefits provided to water district commissioners pursuant to RCW 57.08.100.
AGO 1965 No. 7 >  February 9, 1965
OFFICES AND OFFICERS - COUNTY - COMMISSIONERS - SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER - INCOMPATIBLE OFFICES
OFFICES AND OFFICERS ‑- COUNTY ‑- COMMISSIONERS ‑- SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER ‑- INCOMPATIBLE OFFICES In a county in which federal forest funds or public utility district funds are disbursed to the school districts of the county, the offices of county commissioner and school district director are incompatible.
AGO 1965 No. 8 >  February 11, 1965
COUNTIES - COMMISSIONERS - VOUCHERS - TRANSMITTAL OR BLANKET METHOD OF APPROVAL - AUDITOR - AUTHORITY TO REJECT - LIMITED TO UNLAWFUL EXPENDITURE OR DEFECTIVE VOUCHER IN FORM OR SUBSTANCE
COUNTIES ‑- COMMISSIONERS ‑- VOUCHERS ‑- TRANSMITTAL OR BLANKET METHOD OF APPROVAL ‑- AUDITOR ‑- AUTHORITY TO REJECT ‑- LIMITED TO UNLAWFUL EXPENDITURE OR DEFECTIVE VOUCHER IN FORM OR SUBSTANCE (1) The transmittal or blanket method of voucher approval by which the approval of county vouchers by the board of county commissioners is indicated on a transmittal form attached to a group of vouchers rather than on the face of each is permitted under the laws of this state. (2) The county auditors do not have the authority to refuse to accept claims approved under the transmittal voucher approval system unless the particular expenditure authorized by the board of county commissioners is beyond its legal authority or unless the voucher is in some other respect defective in form or substance.
AGO 1978 No. 17 >  May 11, 1978
OFFICES AND OFFICERS - COUNTY - COMMISSIONERS - PROPERTY - HOUSING AUTHORITIES - SALE OF PROPERTY BY COUNTY COMMISSIONER TO COUNTY HOUSING AUTHORITY
OFFICES AND OFFICERS ‑- COUNTY ‑- COMMISSIONERS ‑- PROPERTY ‑- HOUSING AUTHORITIES ‑- SALE OF PROPERTY BY COUNTY COMMISSIONER TO COUNTY HOUSING AUTHORITY Except under certain special circumstances whereby the normal relationship between a board of county commissioners and a county housing authority is modified, as further indicated herein, the sale of real property by a county commissioner to a county housing authority within the same county does not violate any statutory provision concerning conflicts of interest.
AGO 1987 No. 11 >  March 20, 1987
COUNTIES - CONSTITUTIONALITY - UNIFORMITY - COMMISSIONERS - NONCHARTER
INCREASE IN NUMBER BY VOTER APPROVAL A bill permitting the voters of noncharter counties with populations of 210,000 or more to increase the number of county commissioners from three to five is more likely than not unconstitutional.
AGO 1995 No. 7 >  May 19, 1995
OFFICES AND OFFICERS - PUBLIC UTILITY DISTRICTS - COMMISSIONERS - DISTRICTS - SALARIES AND WAGES - COMPENSATION
Authority of public utility district commissioners to receive additional compensation for service as president or secretary of the board of commissioners A public utility district commissioner is entitled to receive only the compensation specified for the position in RCW 54.12.080, and is not entitled to any additional compensation for serving as president or secretary of the board of commissioners.
AGO 1992 No. 21 >  September 9, 1992
PUBLIC UTILITY DISTRICTS - COMMISSIONERS - DISTRICTS - OFFICES AND OFFICERS - SALARIES AND WAGES - COMPENSATION - INSURANCE
Insurance as Compensation for Public Utility District Commissioners and Manager 1.  RCW 54.12.080(4) provides that any public utility district providing group insurance for its employees may provide its commissioners with the same insurance coverage.  In this circumstance, public utility district commissioners may receive insurance as part of their compensation. 2.  Article 2, section 25 (amend. 35) of the Washington Constitution provides that the compensation of a public officer shall not be increased during his or her term of office.  Article 30, section 1 of the Washington Constitution permits mid-term compensation increases only for public officers who do not fix their own compensation. Accordingly, public utility districts may decide to purchase life insurance policies for their commissioners, but may not actually provide the policies until the next terms of the respective commissioners' offices begin.
AGO 1960 No. 111 >  March 31, 1960
DISTRICTS - PORT - COMMISSIONERS - ORDER IN WHICH NAMES OF CANDIDATES APPEAR ON BALLOT
DISTRICTS - PORT - COMMISSIONERS - ORDER IN WHICH NAMES OF CANDIDATES APPEAR ON BALLOT Names of candidates for the office of port commissioner in Class AA and Class A counties are to be arranged in the order in which their declarations for candidacy are filed.
AGO 1960 No. 112 >  March 18, 1960
OFFICES AND OFFICERS - COUNTY - COMMISSIONERS - AUTHORITY TO ENACT AN ORDINANCE ALLOWING EMPLOYEES OF THE COUNTY TO COLLECT ACCRUED VACATION UPON TERMINATION OF EMPLOYMENT
OFFICES AND OFFICERS - COUNTY - COMMISSIONERS - AUTHORITY TO ENACT AN ORDINANCE ALLOWING EMPLOYEES OF THE COUNTY TO COLLECT ACCRUED VACATION UPON TERMINATION OF EMPLOYMENT The board of county commissioners has the authority to adopt for the county an ordinance containing provisions similar to those of RCW 43.01.041 allowing payment to be made to employees for accrued vacation upon termination of employment.
AGO 1957 No. 19 >  February 19, 1957
COUNTIES - COMMISSIONERS - POWERS OF CITIES AND TOWNS - ANNEXATION
COUNTIES, COMMISSIONERS, POWERS OF CITIES AND TOWNS, ANNEXATION A board of county commissioners has no discretion in calling or not calling an annexation election under RCW 35.13.040
AGO 1960 No. 144 >  September 26, 1960
OFFICES AND OFFICERS - COUNTY - COMMISSIONERS - AUTHORITY TO COMPEL PORT TO DEFRAY ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS OF REFUNDING TAXES ILLEGALLY ASSESSED AND COLLECTED
OFFICES AND OFFICERS - COUNTY - COMMISSIONERS - AUTHORITY TO COMPEL PORT TO DEFRAY ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS OF REFUNDING TAXES ILLEGALLY ASSESSED AND COLLECTED King County may not legally compel the Port of Seattle to defray the administrative costs of refunding taxes illegally assessed and collected for the Duwamish Industrial Survey.
AGO 1958 No. 228 >  November 19, 1958
OFFICES AND OFFICERS - COUNTY - COMMISSIONERS - AUTHORITY TO ENTER INTO UNION SHOP AGREEMENT
OFFICES AND OFFICERS ‑- COUNTY ‑- COMMISSIONERS ‑- AUTHORITY TO ENTER INTO UNION SHOP AGREEMENT The board of county commissioners has the authority under state law to enter into a so-called union shop agreement with a union covering road department employees.
AGO 1953 No. 125 >  September 1, 1953
PORT DISTRICTS - COMMISSIONERS - ELIGIBILITY - RESIDENCE QUALIFICATIONS
PORT DISTRICTS ‑- COMMISSIONERS ‑- ELIGIBILITY ‑- RESIDENCE QUALIFICATIONS Under the facts of this case a port commissioner who was a resident of the district upon the date of his election and for a total of three years prior thereto, was qualified to hold the office even though the residence period was not consecutive for the three years immediately preceding his election.
AGO 1952 No. 263 >  March 21, 1952
DIKING DISTRICTS - COMMISSIONERS - COMPENSATION INCREASE WITHIN TERM OF OFFICE - ELECTION OF - DECLARATIONS OF CANDIDACY - FILING - FEES
DIKING DISTRICTS ‑- COMMISSIONERS ‑- COMPENSATION INCREASE WITHIN TERM OF OFFICE ‑- ELECTION OF ‑- DECLARATIONS OF CANDIDACY ‑- FILING ‑- FEES

(1) The increase in compensation for diking district commissioners provided by RCW 85.04.400 (chapter 30, Laws of 1951), which was approved February 28, 1951, but which had no emergency clause and therefore did not become effective until 90 days after approval, does not apply to diking commissioners whose terms of office began prior to the effective date of the act, even though such commissioners were elected and took office after the passage and approval of the act.(2) That candidates for the office of diking commissioners should file their declarations of candidacy with the board of diking commissioners but are not required to pay a filing fee.

AGO 1952 No. 388 >  August 27, 1952
PORT DISTRICTS - COMMISSIONERS - TERMS OF OFFICE - WHEN CHANGE OF CLASSIFICATION FROM FIRST CLASS COUNTY TO CLASS A COUNTY
PORT DISTRICTS ‑- COMMISSIONERS ‑- TERMS OF OFFICE ‑- WHEN CHANGE OF CLASSIFICATION FROM FIRST CLASS COUNTY TO CLASS A COUNTY Terms of office for port commissioners must be six years‑-problem is one recommended for legislative action.
AGO 1951 No. 113 >  August 31, 1951
COUNTIES - COMMISSIONERS - POWERS - AERIAL SURVEY
COUNTIES ‑- COMMISSIONERS ‑- POWERS ‑- AERIAL SURVEY Although there is no expressed statutory authority authorizing the county commissioners to expend money for an aerial survey, it may be implied that such an expenditure would be proper.
AGO 1951 No. 130 >  September 18, 1951
PUBLIC UTILITY DISTRICT - COMMISSIONERS - SALARY INCREASES
PUBLIC UTILITY DISTRICT ‑- COMMISSIONERS ‑- SALARY INCREASES The two commissioners elected in 1946 and 1948 may not receive any increase in compensation during their terms of office.
AGO 1950 No. 407 >  December 27, 1950
WATER DISTRICTS - COMMISSIONERS - COMPENSATION
WATER DISTRICTS -- COMMISSIONERS -- COMPENSATION The provision for compensation of water district commissioners relates only to reimbursement for the time spent and reasonable expenses incurred in carrying out their governmental or administrative functions as commissioners, and does not provide a wage for labor performed as employees of the district.
AGLO 1979 No. 8 >  February 2, 1979
OFFICES AND OFFICERS - COUNTY - COMMISSIONERS
CONSTITUTIONALITY OF PROPOSED LEGISLATION House Bill No. 75, currently pending before the legislature, which (if enacted) would permit the voters of any noncharter county to increase the composition of their board of county commissioners from three to five members, would in all probability be unconstitutional in view of Article XI, §§ 4 and 5 of the Washington Constitution as heretofore
AGLO 1977 No. 53 >  November 16, 1977
DISTRICTS - IRRIGATION - COMMISSIONERS - SOCIAL SECURITY
OASI COVERAGE FOR IRRIGATION DISTRICT COMMISSIONERS (1) Per diem compensation received by irrigation district commissioners under RCW 87.03.460 is subject to employees' contributions for federal social security under Chapter 41.48 RCW. (2) The fact that a given commissioner of an irrigation district may have paid the maximum amount due for OASI contributions for a given year on his self-employment income does not affect the liability of the district for payments in accordance with (1), supra, instead, the remedy of any individual who has thus overpaid his social security taxes is then to claim a refund or tax credit on his federal income tax return.
AGLO 1973 No. 71 >  July 3, 1973
COURTS - SUPERIOR - COMMISSIONERS - COUNTIES - APPOINTMENT
COURTS ‑- SUPERIOR ‑- COMMISSIONERS ‑- COUNTIES ‑- APPOINTMENT Under Article IV, § 23 of the Washington Constitution there may be appointed one or more court commissioners, not exceeding three in number, for each county.
AGLO 1974 No. 60 >  June 12, 1974
DISTRICTS - PORT - COMMISSIONERS - INSURANCE
BUSINESS RELATED INSURANCE FOR PORT COMMISSIONERS A port district may provide, and pay the premiums on, business related travel, liability, health, errors and omissions and accident insurance under RCW 53.08.170, as amended by § 1, chapter 6, Laws of 1973, 1st Ex. Sess., for its present port commissioners during the remainder of their current terms of office for the purpose of affording insurance coverage to those commissioners in the event of accidents or illnesses resulting from the performance of their official responsibilities.
AGLO 1973 No. 87 >  August 2, 1973
COUNTIES - COMMISSIONERS - ADOPTION OF AMENDMENTS TO THE JUSTICE COURT DISTRICTING PLAN
COUNTIES ‑- COMMISSIONERS ‑- ADOPTION OF AMENDMENTS TO THE JUSTICE COURT DISTRICTING PLAN A board of county commissioners is not divested of its authority to adopt amendments to its justice court districting plan by virtue of its failure to have done so within the time period specified in RCW 3.38.040.
AGLO 1973 No. 88 >  August 30, 1973
COURTS - SUPERIOR - COMMISSIONERS - ISSUANCE OF ARREST WARRANT; SET BAIL; HOLD AN ARRAIGNMENT
COURTS ‑- SUPERIOR ‑- COMMISSIONERS ‑- ISSUANCE OF ARREST WARRANT; SET BAIL; HOLD AN ARRAIGNMENT Superior court commissioners have the authority under Article IV, § 23 of the Washington state Constitution to (1) direct the issuance of a warrant when an information is filed in a criminal proceeding and (2) set bail; they may not, however, hold an arraignment.
AGLO 1973 No. 112 >  December 10, 1973
OFFICES AND OFFICERS - COUNTY - COMMISSIONERS - HIGHWAYS
CONTRACTS(3) Where a board of county commissioners makes a consolidated publication covering all day labor projects of more than $2,500 for the preceding year, as provided for in WAC 136-16-060, this publication will not constitute compliance by the board with the statutory requirements of RCW 36.77.070.
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