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AGO 2005 No. 5 >  April 5, 2005
LIBRARY - FEES - FINES
Authority of public library to charge fees and/or assess fines for keeping loaned materials beyond due date 1.  A public library organized under RCW 27.12 may not charge “user fees” for public access to library materials.  2.  A public library has authority to assess and collect reasonable fines as a penalty for keeping loaned library material beyond its due date.
AGO 1983 No. 1 >  March 8, 1983
MEETINGS - PUBLIC - COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES - FEES
APPLICABILITY OF OPEN PUBLIC MEETINGS ACT TO SERVICES AND ACTIVITIES FEES COMMITTEE The Washington Open Public Meetings Act (chapter 42.30 RCW) is applicable to meetings of services and activities fees committees at state institutions of higher education.
AGO 1974 No. 13 >  July 11, 1974
COUNTIES - OFFICES AND OFFICERS - FEES - AUTHORITY OF NONCHARTER COUNTY TO PAY CERTAIN MEMBERSHIP DUES FOR ITS OFFICERS
COUNTIES ‑- OFFICES AND OFFICERS ‑- FEES ‑- AUTHORITY OF NONCHARTER COUNTY TO PAY CERTAIN MEMBERSHIP DUES FOR ITS OFFICERS A county, including a noncharter county, may pay the dues required to maintain optional membership in a professional association on behalf of an officer of the county in those cases where the main object of the expenditure is an anticipated direct benefit to the county such as a subscription to periodicals, services, or other valuable rights of commensurate value; however, a county may not pay those dues in a case where membership in the association is required by law as a prerequisite for holding the office in question.
AGO 1962 No. 136 >  May 17, 1962
COURTS - SUPERIOR - CLERKS - FEES - STATE DEPARTMENT OF LICENSES
COURTS ‑- SUPERIOR ‑- CLERKS ‑- FEES ‑- STATE DEPARTMENT OF LICENSES Clerks of the superior court may not charge a fee to the state department of licenses for performing the duty required by statute of submitting to the director of licenses certified abstracts of certain traffic convictions and certified records of any judgment for damages rendered with respect to certain traffic offenses.
AGO 1984 No. 24 >  September 21, 1984
OFFICES AND OFFICERS - COUNTY - SHERIFF - ARREST - FEES
FEE UPON UNSUCCESSFUL ATTEMPT TO SERVE ARREST WARRANT Where a county sheriff makes one or more unsuccessful attempts to serve (or execute) an arrest warrant which is later cancelled or expires without having been successfully executed, and the sheriff makes a return of "not found" in order to show his efforts to execute the warrant, the sheriff is then entitled to a fee of five dollars "for making a return" plus a mileage fee, as provided for in RCW 36.18.040.
AGO 1976 No. 14 >  July 29, 1976
COURTS - COSTS - FEES - CRIMES - JURY
RECOUPMENT OF COSTS INCURRED IN PROSECUTION OF CONVICTED CRIMINAL DEFENDANT Under the provisions of § 1, chapter 96, Laws of 1975-76, 2nd Ex. Sess., costs incurred at public expense for the payment of appointed counsel for the defendant in a criminal case as well as witness fees paid by the state for its own and defendant's witnesses under chapter 2.40 RCW may be recovered pursuant to court order from the defendant if convicted; however, costs incurred in paying the compensation of jurors under RCW 2.36.150 may not be so recovered and the recovery of statutory filing fees from a convicted criminal defendant remains governed, as before, by the provisions of RCW 36.18.020(15).
AGO 1976 No. 20 >  November 9, 1976
COUNTIES - FAIRS - FEES - WAIVER OF ADMISSION CHARGES FOR ATTENDANCE
COUNTIES ‑- FAIRS ‑- FEES ‑- WAIVER OF ADMISSION CHARGES FOR ATTENDANCE Under Article VIII, § 7 of the Washington constitution it is not legal for a county which charges an admission fee for attendance at a fair conducted under RCW 36.37.010, et seq., to waive that charge for nonindigent persons attending the fair for no other consideration, primarily to be entertained rather than in the performance of some official function; it is, however, not illegal for fair officials, news reporters or others who are attending the fair for the benefit thereof in the performance of their employment functions and not merely to be entertained, to be allowed in without paying the usual admission charge.
AGO 1985 No. 13 >  August 13, 1985
DISTRICTS - SCHOOLS - FEES - CHILDREN
CHILDREN Schools are not authorized to charge fees for the administration of pre‑admission tests for early entrance of children into kindergarten or first grade classes.
AGO 1977 No. 19 >  September 27, 1977
COUNTIES - FEES - FRANCHISES - IMPOSITION OF COMPENSATORY FRANCHISE FEE BY COUNTY
COUNTIES ‑- FEES ‑- FRANCHISES ‑- IMPOSITION OF COMPENSATORY FRANCHISE FEE BY COUNTY Impose a reasonable franchise fee in return for the granting of a franchise to cable television company, and likewise, may also impose similarly reasonable fees for the various other kinds of franchises which are authorized to be granted by RCW 36.55.010.
AGO 1977 No. 20 >  October 26, 1977
OFFICES AND OFFICERS - COUNTY CLERK - FEES - REFUNDS - REFUNDING JURY FEES
OFFICES AND OFFICERS ‑- COUNTY CLERK ‑- FEES ‑- REFUNDS ‑- REFUNDING JURY FEES The clerk of a superior court is not required by law to return a jury fee paid in a civil lawsuit either (1) when the demand for jury has been stricken by the court more than three days before the date of trial for the reason that the demand was untimely filed or (2) when, after the case has been set for trial, the court is notified of a settlement in the case prior to the trial date.
AGO 1988 No. 7 >  March 22, 1988
TAXATION - FEES - PLATTING AND SUBDIVISIONS - CITIES AND TOWNS - COUNTIES
FEES Where counties, cities, and towns charge fees for short plats in amounts designed to cover the actual cost of administering a regulatory program, such fees are authorized by statute and are not an improper form of taxation. However, where fees for short platting are designed to raise revenue over and above the actual costs of administering the regulatory program, the fees are a form of taxation in excess of the local government's statutory taxing power.
AGO 1966 No. 84 >  April 27, 1966
DISTRICTS - SCHOOLS - BUILDINGS - CONDITIONAL USE PERMITS - BUILDING PERMITS - FEES - REQUIREMENTS FOR STATE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
DISTRICTS ‑- SCHOOLS ‑- BUILDINGS ‑- CONDITIONAL USE PERMITS ‑- BUILDING PERMITS ‑- FEES ‑- REQUIREMENTS FOR STATE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE 1. A school district does not have to obtain a conditional use permit in order to construct a school building on a particular site in an unincorporated area of a county which has adopted the provisions of the planning enabling act (chapter 36.70 RCW) except where the district desires to qualify for state financial assistance in construction of said building. 2. A school district does not have to obtain a building permit in order to construct a school building on a particular site in an unincorporated area of a county except where the district desires to qualify for state financial assistance in construction of said building.  3. When a school district for any reason applies to the county for a conditional use permit or a building permit it must pay the fees otherwise chargeable to other applicants.
AGO 1966 No. 112 >  October 11, 1966
OFFICES AND OFFICERS - SECRETARY OF STATE - FEES - COUNTIES - MOTOR VEHICLES
OFFICES AND OFFICERS ‑- SECRETARY OF STATE ‑- FEES ‑- COUNTIES ‑- MOTOR VEHICLES (1) A county, as a plaintiff commencing suit against a nonresident motorist under RCW 46.04.040, is liable for payment of the fee provided for by this statute when making service on the secretary of state. (2) A prosecuting attorney is required to pay the fees provided for by RCW 43.07.120 when he requests copies or certification of corporate documents from the secretary of state, except where the documents of certification are supplied in connection with a prosecution under a law which it is the duty of the secretary of state to administer and enforce.
AGO 1992 No. 18 >  August 25, 1992
AIRPORTS - PORT DISTRICTS - FEES - PROPERTY
Charges for Use of Airport Property 1.  RCW 14.08.120(6) authorizes a port district to charge a fee to persons who use airport property.  However, this authority does not empower a port district to charge persons who do not use airport property, but who simply benefit from their proximity to airport property. 2.  RCW 14.08.120(6) provides that charges for the use of airport property shall be reasonable and uniform for the same class of service and established with due regard to the property and improvements used and the expense of operation to the municipality.  A charge based on a percentage of a user's gross receipts fails to meet these statutory requirements.
AGO 1966 No. 113 >  October 13, 1966
DISTRICTS - SCHOOLS - FEES - TUITION - SUPPLIES
AUTHORITY OF SCHOOL DISTRICT TO CHARGE TUITION FEES OR TEXTBOOK FEES (1) A school district may not charge either a general tuition fee, or a special tuition fee for certain courses, for attendance at its elementary or secondary schools except as permitted by RCW 28.58.240, in the case of students who are not residents of the district.(2) Any class of school district may provide free textbooks and supplies to its students; a first class school district must do so when directed by the electors under RCW 28.62.180 (10); where a district does not provide free textbooks and supplies, it may require that these materials be purchased by, or for, the students at bookstores or other commercial retail outlets; however, the district cannot require students to purchase textbooks and materials from the district.(3) A school district which loans free textbooks and supplies to its students may charge a reasonable deposit fee to cover possible damage.
AGO 1967 No. 1 >  January 16, 1967
COURTS - SUPERIOR - FEES
FEE CHARGEABLE TO DEFENDANT APPEALING FROM JUSTICE COURT CRIMINAL CONVICTION RCW 36.18.020 does not require the collection of two fees from a defendant who appeals from a justice court criminal conviction; rather, the only fee chargeable against such an appellant pursuant to this statute is a fee of $15.00 upon conviction or plea of guilty or upon failure to prosecute the appeal, as provided by subsection (15) thereof.
AGO 1967 No. 30 >  August 10, 1967
COURTS - JUSTICE - 1961 JUSTICE COURT ACT - GARNISHMENT - FEES
COURTS - JUSTICE - 1961 JUSTICE COURT ACT - GARNISHMENT - FEES A party procuring a writ of garnishment in a justice court operating under the provisions of the 1961 justice court act (chapter 299, Laws of 1961) is required to pay to such court an additional sum of $1.00 for each such process in accordance with RCW 3.62.060; nothing contained in chapter 143, Laws of 1967, affects this conclusion.
AGO 1992 No. 31 >  December 30, 1992
LIBRARY - FEES
Ability of a Library to Charge for Library Services 1.  RCW 27.12.010 (3) defines library as a free public library supported in whole or in part with money derived from taxation.  RCW 27.12.270 provides that a library shall be free for the use of the inhabitants of the governmental unit in which it is located. 2.  With certain specific statutory exceptions a library cannot charge residents a fee for library services.  However, the library can charge a fee to nonresidents.  The library can also charge for nonlibrary services that are provided at the library as a convenience for the public.
AGO 1993 No. 6 >  April 15, 1993
DEPARTMENT OF ECOLOGY - HEALTH - SEWER - DISTRICTS - HAZARDOUS WASTE - FEES
Ability of Local Health Board to Charge Fees in Connection With Implementation of Local Hazardous Waste Plan 1.  Chapter 70.105 RCW requires local governments to adopt hazardous waste plans for the management of moderate-risk waste.  A local government can implement such plans through its board of health. 2.  A local health board can assess a fee against a sewer district for services the board performs in connection with the implementation of a local hazardous waste plan.  However, the fee must be no greater than the actual cost of providing the relevant services. 3.  The authority granted to the Department of Ecology to regulate hazardous waste does not preempt the authority of a local health board to adopt a local hazardous waste plan for the management of moderate-risk waste and to charge a fee in connection with the implementation of the plan.
AGO 1993 No. 11 >  June 2, 1993
COUNTIES - POLICE POWER - CRIMES - PRISONERS - JAILS - SENTENCES - COSTS
Authority of a county to charge a fee for booking prisoners sentenced to serve time in a county jail on intermittent days Counties have the authority to define certain local offenses and to prescribe penalties for their commission including the imposition of specific costs.  Subject to certain limitations, a county may include as a cost a multiple booking fee imposed on persons convicted of such county offenses and sentenced to serve time in the county jail on intermittent days.  Such a multiple booking fee could offset the cost to the county of processing the individual in and out of jail.2.  A county does not have the authority to impose a multiple booking fee on individuals serving time in the county jail on intermittent days who have been convicted of violating a state statute.  The Legislature, rather than the county, specifies the punishment for state crimes including costs.
AGO 1993 No. 14 >  September 9, 1993
IRRIGATION - DISTRICTS - PROPERTY - ATTORNEYS - FEES - COSTS
Ability of an irrigation district to recover attorneys' fees when foreclosing a delinquent assessment RCW 87.03.271 provides that the lien for a delinquent irrigation district assessment includes costs such as attorneys' fees.  When the lien is foreclosed pursuant to the procedure set forth in chapter 87.06 RCW, the irrigation district may recover costs, including reasonable attorneys' fees.
AGO 1993 No. 15 >  September 20, 1993
HEALTH CARE FACILITIES AUTHORITY - HOSPITALS - FEES
Ability of the Washington Health Care Facilities Authority to acquire and lease health care facilities 1.  RCW 70.37.040(5) empowers the Washington Health Care Facilities Authority to lease or sell health care facilities which the Authority has acquired. 2.  RCW 70.37.090 grants the Washington Health Care Facilities Authority the power to charge participants fees to finance projects and to defray the Authority's administrative expenses.  Fees paid by participants in a project may be used by the Authority for the purpose of acquiring a health care facility that it will lease or sell to the participants.  However, fees collected to defray the Authority's administrative expenses may not be used for this purpose.
AGO 1994 No. 2 >  February 16, 1994
OFFICE OF MARINE SAFETY - OIL TANKERS - FEES
Authority of the Office of Marine Safety to acquire and operate a tugboat as part of an emergency response system, and to fund the program by assessing a fee 1.  RCW 88.46.130 authorizes the Office of Marine Safety to establish an emergency response system to prevent oil spills in the Strait of Juan de Fuca.  This includes the authority to acquire and operate a tugboat as part of the response system.2.  RCW 82.23B.020(2) imposes an oil spill administration tax.  This tax is to be used, in part, to fund the costs of administration of chapter 88.46 RCW, which includes the Office of Marine Safety emergency response system.  Nowhere has the Legislature delegated to the Office the authority to impose a fee and, since the Legislature has provided a funding source for the Office, the authority to impose a fee cannot be reasonably implied from other authority delegated to the Office.
AGO 1958 No. 176 >  April 4, 1958
NEWSPAPERS - PUBLICATION OF LEGAL NOTICES - FEES - CONTRACTS FOR PUBLICATION OF LEGAL NOTICES IN NEWSPAPERS
NEWSPAPERS ‑- PUBLICATION OF LEGAL NOTICES ‑- FEES ‑- CONTRACTS FOR PUBLICATION OF LEGAL NOTICES IN NEWSPAPERS Rates for publishing legal notices may be determined by express contract between the parties thereto.   The publication fee may be based upon rate per column inch rather than fixed charge per folio.  Approval of a legal newspaper may not be revoked for receipt of publication fee in excess of statutory rate.
AGO 1958 No. 166 >  February 26, 1958
MORTGAGES - RECORDING OF SATISFACTION OF MORTGAGE BY THE STATE OF WASHINGTON DOES NOT REQUIRE A FILING FEE - HIGHWAYS - RECORDING OF SATISFACTION OF MORTGAGE BY THE STATE IS NOT SUBJECT TO PAYMENT OF COUNTY FILING FEE - FEES - STATE HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT - NOT REQUIRED TO PAY COUNTY FILING FEE FOR RECORDING SATISFACTION OF MORTGAGE
MORTGAGES ‑- RECORDING OF SATISFACTION OF MORTGAGE BY THE STATE OF WASHINGTON DOES NOT REQUIRE A FILING FEE -- HIGHWAYS ‑- RECORDING OF SATISFACTION OF MORTGAGE BY THE STATE IS NOT SUBJECT TO... Recording of satisfaction of a mortgage by the state of Washington does not require payment of county filing fee.
AGO 1956 No. 323 >  October 2, 1956
FEES - CLERKS - GUARDIANSHIP - JUDGMENT FEES
FEES ‑- CLERKS ‑- GUARDIANSHIP ‑- JUDGMENT FEES The county clerk may charge a judgment fee for the entry of a judgment in a guardianship proceeding against the guardian and surety, such judgment running in favor of the ward and the newly appointed guardian.
AGO 1956 No. 318 >  September 18, 1956
SHERIFFS - FEES - MILEAGE
SHERIFFS ‑- FEES ‑- MILEAGE A sheriff may not, under the 13th paragraph of RCW 36.18.040, charge mileage fees for an unsuccessful attempt to serve an individual in addition to mileage fees charged on a second trip when service was successfully made.
AGO 1957 No. 123 >  October 4, 1957
COUNTY CLERKS - FEES - NONINTERVENTION WILLS
COUNTY CLERKS ‑- FEES ‑- NONINTERVENTION WILLS (1) A fee of $6.00 is collectible if the "written declaration" contemplated by RCW 11.68.010 contains an account, otherwise no fee is collectible.  (2) The library fee authorized by RCW 27.24.070, as amended by chapter 31, Laws of 1957, may not be collected on the filing of the "written declaration" contemplated by RCW 11.68.010.
AGO 1956 No. 270 >  May 16, 1956
FEES - APPEARANCE FEES - GUARDIAN AD LITEM MINOR DEFENDANT - DEFAULT DIVORCE
FEES -- APPEARANCE FEES -- GUARDIAN AD LITEM MINOR DEFENDANT -- DEFAULT DIVORCE Neither the appointment of a guardian ad litem for a minor defendant in a divorce action upon the application of the plaintiff, nor the guardian's oral report to the court at the time a default judgment is entered against the defendant, constitutes an appearance requiring the defendant to pay an appearance fee to the clerk of the superior court.
AGO 1953 No. 13 >  April 21, 1953
FEES - COURT REPORTERS - COSTS - CRIMINAL CASES - PREPARATION OF INSTRUCTIONS FOR JURY
FEES ‑- COURT REPORTERS ‑- COSTS ‑- CRIMINAL CASES ‑- PREPARATION OF INSTRUCTIONS FOR JURY Charges for preparation of copies of instructions to jury by court reporter are taxable as costs, and should be so taxed.
AGO 1954 No. 191 >  January 11, 1954
MOTOR VEHICLE - FEES - SPECIAL FEE ON MOTOR VEHICLES NOT APPLICABLE TO TRAILERS UNDER FOUR THOUSAND POUNDS - LICENSES
MOTOR VEHICLE ‑- FEES ‑- SPECIAL FEE ON MOTOR VEHICLES NOT APPLICABLE TO TRAILERS UNDER FOUR THOUSAND POUNDS -- LICENSES The ten cent fee imposed for each motor vehicle not otherwise taxed herein by section 9, chapter 254, Laws of 1953, does not apply to trailers under four thousand pounds.
AGO 1953 No. 107 >  July 30, 1953
FEES - JUDGMENT FEE TO BE PAID IN PROCEEDINGS TO MODIFY DIVORCE DECREE
FEES ‑- JUDGMENT FEE TO BE PAID IN PROCEEDINGS TO MODIFY DIVORCE DECREE No additional fee can be charged for entry of modified divorce decree in proceedings under chapter 26.08 RCW.  Judgment fee, however, should be charged for entry of judgment denying or granting application to vacate or modify decree under chapter 4.72 RCW.
AGO 1953 No. 488 >  March 5, 1953
FEES - GARNISHMENT - SUPPLEMENTAL PROCEEDINGS - COLLECTION OF FEES FOR DISMISSAL
FEES ‑- GARNISHMENT ‑- SUPPLEMENTAL PROCEEDINGS ‑- COLLECTION OF FEES FOR DISMISSAL No fee should be collected by the county clerk for the dismissal of a garnishee defendant or for the dismissal of supplemental proceedings since both proceedings are ancillary to the main action.
AGO 1953 No. 494 >  March 12, 1953
SCHOOL DISTRICTS - FEES - FAILURE OF LEVY - INSUFFICIENT FUNDS TO BUY SCHOOL SUPPLIES - PUPILS REQUIRED TO PAY FEES - SUPPLIES
SCHOOL DISTRICTS ‑- FEES ‑- FAILURE OF LEVY ‑- INSUFFICIENT FUNDS TO BUY SCHOOL SUPPLIES ‑- PUPILS REQUIRED TO PAY FEES ‑- SUPPLIES. RCW 28.58.100 (7) prohibits a school district from collecting a fee from pupils to offset the cost of instructional materials which the district has undertaken to supply.
AGO 1953 No. 52 >  May 25, 1953
FEES - JUSTICE & SUPERIOR COURTS - CLASS AA COUNTY - FOR COUNTY LAW LIBRARIES
FEES -- JUSTICE & SUPERIOR COURTS -- CLASS AA COUNTY -- FOR COUNTY LAW LIBRARIES Clerks of Superior & Justice courts in Class AA county are authorized to collect fees for support of county law library.
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 1951 No. 171 >  November 14, 1951
HABITUAL DRUNKARDS PROCEEDINGS - CRIMINAL OR CIVIL - FEES
HABITUAL DRUNKARDS PROCEEDINGS ‑- CRIMINAL OR CIVIL ‑- FEES Habitual drunkard proceedings are civil in nature, the prosecuting attorney is not obligated to bring the action, and filing fees and other fees are to be paid by the complainant, who may recover costs if the complaint be sustained.
AGO 1951 No. 127 >  September 13, 1951
GARNISHMENT - FEES
GARNISHMENT ‑- FEES No dismissal fee should be collected upon filing an order dismissing a garnishee defendant alone, but that such a fee should only be collected in garnishment matters when the main action, to which the garnishment is only ancillary, is dismissed.
AGLO 1982 No. 14 >  June 7, 1982
OFFICES AND OFFICERS - STATE - DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES - LICENSES - FEES
FEE FOR LICENSE ISSUED PURSUANT TO RCW 70.98.080. The Department of Social and Health Services, in its capacity as the state radiation control agency under chapter 70.98 RCW, is authorized by § 2, chapter 201, Laws of 1982 to establish and impose license fees in connection with licenses issued pursuant to RCW 70.98.080.
AGLO 1982 No. 19 >  July 30, 1982
OFFICES AND OFFICERS - COUNTY - CLERK - FEES - JUDGMENTS
IMPOSITION OF ADDITIONAL FILING FEE UPON COMMENCEMENT OF SUPPLEMENTAL PROCEEDINGS A county clerk is not authorized to impose an additional filing fee, pursuant to RCW 36.18.020 when a judgment creditor, after filing the abstract of judgment (and paying the fee which is then required) commences supplemental proceedings.
AGLO 1982 No. 20 >  July 30, 1982
COURTS - SUPERIOR - CRIMES - PROBATION - FEES
ASSESSMENT FOR SUPERVISION OF PROBATIONERS The provisions of § 2, chapter 207, Laws of 1982, relating to the imposition of a monetary assessment upon a criminal offender to pay for certain probation services, will not become legally operative until July 1, 1984, when the pertinent provisions of chapter 9.94A RCW themselves take effect in accordance with § 28, chapter 137, Laws of 1981.
AGLO 1981 No. 22 >  August 5, 1981
COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES - FEES - ALLOCATION AND CONTROL OF SERVICES AND ACTIVITIES FEES
WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY (1) RCW 28B.15.045 applies to all funds generated through the imposition, by a college or university, of services and activities fees, as defined by RCW 28B.15.041. (2) Monies in a college or university's housing and dining fund or account are not covered by the provisions of RCW 28B.15.045 unless, and to the extent that, the board of trustees or regents decides to fund the program, in whole or part, from "S & A" fees.
AGLO 1980 No. 29 >  October 22, 1980
COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES - COMMUNITY COLLEGES - TUITION - FEES
IMPOSITION OF CERTAIN FEES BY COMMUNITY COLLEGES

(1) A community college district board of trustees does not have the statutory authority to charge all students who enroll a common consolidated fee in lieu of all of the special, laboratory, or similar fees that a student might be assessed during the time he or she attends the college.(2) A community college board of trustees does not have authority to assess a parking fee to all enrolled students, whether or not they drive an automobile to the campus and utilize parking facilities.

AGLO 1979 No. 7 >  January 26, 1979
TAXATION - LICENSES - FEES - MOTOR VEHICLES
AUTHORITY TO REFUND MOTOR VEHICLE EXCISE TAX PAYMENTS OF LICENSE FEES NOT PAID ERRONEOUSLY The State Department of Licensing is not presently authorized by law to refund either a lawfully paid motor vehicle license fee or the accompanying motor vehicle excise tax payment made by a vehicle owner prior to the beginning of the new registration year for which the payments are made simply because, prior to the beginning of the new registration year, the vehicle is destroyed or is removed from the state and licensed in another jurisdiction.
AGLO 1977 No. 36 >  August 10, 1977
COURTS - WITNESSES - FEES - CRIMES
REIMBURSEMENT FOR EXPERT WITNESS FEES IN CRIMINAL PROSECUTIONS In reimbursing a county for witness fees incurred in connection with a criminal prosecution, the state is liable, under RCW 10.46.220-10.46.230, for the full amount of fees paid to expert witnesses whenever the superior court has, in fact, included expert witness fees in the cost bill in a given case and has ordered those fees to be paid by the state.
AGLO 1976 No. 66 >  November 3, 1976
OFFICES AND OFFICERS - STATE - BOARD FOR COMMUNITY COLLEGE EDUCATION - COMMUNITY COLLEGES - FEES - BUDGET LAW
PREDISCHARGE EDUCATION PROGRAMS (PREP) The state board for community college education does not have the authority, in complying with § 2, chapter 105, (RCW 28B.50.093), to exempt those predischarge education programs which were already being operated by a community college prior to the effective date of the aforesaid 1973 law from any review and determination by the state board that such programs ". . . will not deter from the primary functions of the community college system within this state."
AGLO 1975 No. 3 >  January 13, 1975
COMMUNITY COLLEGES - FEES - BUDGET LAW
STATUS OF COMMUNITY COLLEGE 'PREP' REVENUES (1) Revenues of a community college from the operation of a predischarge education program (PREP) under RCW 28B.50.092 do not constitute tuition revenues payable into the state general fund under RCW 28B.50.360; however, they are subject to the requirements of the state budget law under RCW 28B.50.320. (2) A community college district may not engage in a PREP operation by means of a contract to provide educational services to a private nonprofit corporation formed for that purpose which will, in turn, contract with the military personnel who are to receive the services.
AGLO 1979 No. 33 >  September 25, 1979
COMMUNITY COLLEGES - TUITION - FEES - WAIVER OF TUITION FOR STUDENTS ENROLLED IN HIGH SCHOOL COMPLETION PROGRAMS
COMMUNITY COLLEGES ‑- TUITION ‑- FEES ‑- WAIVER OF TUITION FOR STUDENTS ENROLLED IN HIGH SCHOOL COMPLETION PROGRAMS The amount of tuition and fees waived by a community college for its students enrolled in high school completion programs as required by chapter 148, Laws of 1979, 1st Ex. Sess., must be included in the 4 percent maximum waiver limitation contained in chapter 262, Laws of 1979, 1st Ex. Sess.
AGLO 1978 No. 14 >  April 17, 1978
OFFICES AND OFFICERS - STATE - SECRETARY OF STATE - CORPORATIONS - LICENSES - FEES - RESTORATION OF PRIVILEGE TO DO BUSINESS
OFFICES AND OFFICERS ‑- STATE ‑- SECRETARY OF STATE ‑- CORPORATIONS ‑- LICENSES ‑- FEES ‑- RESTORATION OF PRIVILEGE TO DO BUSINESS Under the provisions of RCW 23A.40.075 and related statutes, the Secretary of State does not have the legal authority to exercise discretion and restore the privilege of doing business to a corporation which has failed to acquire an annual license fee for three years and which has failed to reinstate within the following two years.
AGLO 1978 No. 23 >  August 2, 1978
COUNTIES - ANIMALS - FEES - OPERATION OF COUNTY ZOO AND IMPOSITION OF ADMISSION CHARGES IN CONNECTION THEREWITH
COUNTIES ‑- ANIMALS ‑- FEES ‑- OPERATION OF COUNTY ZOO AND IMPOSITION OF ADMISSION CHARGES IN CONNECTION THEREWITH Under the provisions of RCW 36.68.090 a county may construct and operate a county zoo and impose reasonable admission charges in connection therewith.
AGLO 1978 No. 25 >  August 23, 1978
COURTS - FEES - FINES - DISTRIBUTION OF VARIOUS FINES IMPOSED BY SUPERIOR COURTS
COURTS ‑- FEES ‑- FINES ‑- DISTRIBUTION OF VARIOUS FINES IMPOSED BY SUPERIOR COURTS

(1) Except as provided by some other law to the contrary in a particular case, RCW 10.82.070 requires that all fines imposed by a superior court be transmitted by the county treasurer to the state general fund.

(2) The provisions of RCW 10.82.070 are applicable to the distribution of fines imposed by a superior court following a defendant's conviction therein on appeal from his or her earlier conviction by a district justice court.

(3) Likewise, the provisions of RCW 10.82.070 are applicable with respect to any fines imposed by a division of the superior court functioning as a juvenile court with respect to juvenile traffic offenders.

AGLO 1978 No. 26 >  September 7, 1978
INSURANCE - CONTRACTS - FEES - APPLICATION OF INSURANCE COMMISSION AGAINST FEE FOR DESIGNING AND INSTALLING EMPLOYEES' PENSION AND PROFIT SHARING PLAN
INSURANCE ‑- CONTRACTS ‑- FEES ‑- APPLICATION OF INSURANCE COMMISSION AGAINST FEE FOR DESIGNING AND INSTALLING EMPLOYEES' PENSION AND PROFIT SHARING PLAN It is a violation of RCW 48.30.140(1) and RCW 48.30.150 for a licensed insurance agent, when selling insurance in connection with an employee's pension and profit sharing plan, to treat his commission for selling such insurance as partially covering the fee which he would otherwise charge for designing and installing the aforesaid plan, thereby reducing the amount of such fee.
AGLO 1974 No. 4 >  January 9, 1974
DISTRICTS - FIRE PROTECTION - FEES
AMBULANCES A fire protection district which is providing ambulance services is not authorized to charge a fee for those services.
AGLO 1974 No. 8 >  January 18, 1974
MOTOR VEHICLES - LICENSE PLATES - FEES
RENEWAL OF PERSONALIZED LICENSE PLATES If a motor vehicle owner acquired personalized license plates under RCW 46.16.355 prior to the effective date of chapter 200, Laws of 1973, 1st Ex. Sess., such an owner is now required by the provisions of § 7 of this new act to pay an annual renewal fee of $20.00 to retain those previously issued license plates.
AGLO 1977 No. 26 >  July 7, 1977
COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES - SCHOOLS - FEES - VETERANS - WAIVER OF TUITION FOR CHILDREN OF POWS OR MIAS
COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES ‑- SCHOOLS ‑- FEES ‑- VETERANS ‑- WAIVER OF TUITION FOR CHILDREN OF POWs or MIAs

(1) The provisions of RCW 28B.10.265 and RCW 28C.04.240, relating to the admission of children of POWs or MIAs to public institutions of higher education or public vocational-technical schools without the necessity of paying any registration fee or tuition, remain applicable to the children of persons determined to have been prisoners of war or missing in action in accordance with the terms of those statutes even after the subject parent or parents of those children have been released from POW status or otherwise have been recovered.

(2) A parent through whom a child's entitlement to benefits under RCW 28B.10.265 or RCW 28C.04.240 is claimed need not have been in active military service at the time he or she was determined by the federal government to be a prisoner of war or missing in action.

AGLO 1973 No. 70 >  June 25, 1973
COMMUNITY COLLEGES - TUITION - FEES - EXEMPTION FOR EMPLOYEES
COMMUNITY COLLEGES ‑- TUITION ‑- FEES ‑- EXEMPTION FOR EMPLOYEES The board of trustees of a state community college does not have the legal authority under existing law to grant either a partial or total exemption from general tuition fees, operating fees, or services and activity fees to employees of the college who are also attending classes there.
AGLO 1973 No. 72 >  July 3, 1973
COMMUNITY COLLEGES - FEES - TUITION - AUTHORITY TO WAIVE CERTAIN FEES
COMMUNITY COLLEGES ‑- FEES ‑- TUITION ‑- AUTHORITY TO WAIVE CERTAIN FEES A community college board of trustees does not have the authority to waive tuition, operating fees, and services and activities fees for students who are enrolled in programs designed to enable them to finish their high school education and obtain a high school diploma or certificate unless those students are "needy" as defined in RCW 28B.15.523.
AGLO 1973 No. 99 >  October 15, 1973
INITIATIVE NO. 276 - PUBLIC RECORDS - FEES - CORPORATIONS
INITIATIVE NO. 276 ‑- PUBLIC RECORDS ‑- FEES ‑- CORPORATIONS (1) The provisions of RCW 42.17.300 which relate to the charges that may be imposed for providing copies of certain "public records" under Initiative No. 276 do not supersede the preexisting fees for copies of UCC security transaction filings under RCW 62A.9-407 or of corporation papers under RCW 23A.40.030, RCW 24.03.410 and RCW 24.06.455 in any cases because those documents do not constitute "public records" within the meaning of that initiative.
 
(2) RCW 42.17.300 does not supersede the preexisting fees for copies of state records provided for in RCW 43.07.120 in those cases where the individual seeking such copies is asking for them as a matter of right under RCW 43.07.030(7), supra, rather than merely requesting to inspect them and then to be allowed to use the secretary of state's facilities to himself make the copies he desires.
AGLO 1974 No. 93 >  November 12, 1974
LICENSES - PROFESSIONAL - FEES
COMPUTATION OF CERTAIN PROFESSIONAL LICENSE FEES RCW 43.24.085(b) does not allow out-of-state residents who are not over sixty-five years of age to pay only fifty percent of the standard license fee for their occupation or profession.
AGLO 1973 No. 4 >  January 8, 1973
FEES - JURY - CASE SETTLED OUT OF COURT
REFUND Where demand has been made by a litigant for a jury trial in a civil action, and the jury fee required by RCW 36.18.020 has been paid, and thereafter the case is settled out of court and the court is notified of such settlement by an attorney for one of the litigants not less than twenty-four hours prior to the time that such case was scheduled to be called to be heard, the jury fee may be refunded.
AGO 2014 No. 4 >  March 28, 2014
FEES - TOLLS - FERRIES - INITIATIVE AND REFERENDUM - LEGISLATURE - AMENDMENTS - STATUTORY AUTHORITY
Whether RCW 43.135.055(1) Supersedes The Delegation Of Authority To The Transportation Commission To Set Toll Rates And Ferry Fares

RCW 43.135.055(1), as most recently amended by Initiative 1185 and previously by Initiatives 960 and 1053, does not amend or repeal approval the legislature has granted in other statutes for the imposition or increase of fees, and makes no distinction as to when legislative approval must take place.
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