Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

AGO 1965 NO. 8 > Feb 11 1965

(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 1984 NO. 10 > Mar 8 1984

Economic development councils created in response to (but not pursuant to) RCW 35A.11.060, RCW 35.21.680 or RCW 36.32.410 are not, themselves, municipal corporations or quasi-corporations for the purposes of audit under RCW 43.09.260; however, the State Auditor would nevertheless have the authority to examine the books and records of an economic development council (or any similarly situated private party) as an extension of his authority to audit those municipal corporations or quasi-municipal corporations which have provided funds to such organizations.

AGLO 1977 NO. 12 > Mar 18 1977

The appointment of a budget officer by a board of county commissioners under RCW 36.32.440 does not relieve the county auditor of his responsibilities under RCW 36.40.010-36.40.050 in connection with the preparation of preliminary county budgets.

AGO 1965 NO. 20 > May 26 1965

(1) A board of county commissioners may not appoint one of its members to fill a vacancy in the office of county auditor. (2) Same: If a county commissioner were to resign his office for the sole purpose of accepting an appointment as the county auditor under a prior agreement to that effect with the board of which he was a member, the member would still be ineligible for the appointment notwithstanding his resignation.

AGO 1992 NO. 22 > Sep 29 1992

In a charter city or charter code city the qualified voters may petition, asking for the adoption of a charter amendment.  If the petition meets the requirements of the statute, it will be placed on the ballot at the next general election.  It is not necessary under state law for a city council to pass a resolution directing the county auditor to place on the ballot a city charter amendment proposed by the people.

AGO 1963 NO. 28 > May 31 1963

The state auditor has the statutory authority to authorize the use by various municipalities of a "long and short" account within the prescribed system of accounting of municipal funds, pursuant to his finding that it meets standards of accuracy required by RCW 43.09.200.

AGLO 1980 NO. 31 > Nov 3 1980

(1) A county auditor is legally authorized to reject records of survey which do not meet the requirements set forth in chapter 332-130 WAC, chapter 58.09 RCW and chapter 58.17 RCW.(2) A county auditor is required by RCW 58.17.190‑-prior to approval by the appropriate local legislative body‑-to refuse to accept for recordation any maps or representations which in fact constitute a "plat" of a "subdivision" required to be filed under chapter 58.17 RCW, and which otherwise contain a survey of such a subdivision.

AGLO 1976 NO. 34 > May 13 1976

Appropriations made to the office of governor for mansion maintenance are subject to audit by the state auditor under the provisions of RCW 43.09.290, et seq.

AGLO 1979 NO. 37 > Oct 16 1979

Legal ability of a county auditor, with or without the approval of his board of county commissioners and at either county or his own expense, in conjunction with a state or county general election, ". . . to have ballots prepared for the general election which include an advisory popularity poll of ten 'candidates' for the Presidency."

AGLO 1977 NO. 44 > Oct 20 1977

When appointed pursuant to RCW 46.01.130-46.01.140, a county auditor serves as statutory agent for the state Department of Licensing in connection with the licensing of motor vehicles. The resulting relationship may not be unilaterally terminated by the county auditor even in the event of a work stoppage or strike, or other emergency situation; however, the state director of licensing retains the ultimate responsibility for implementation of the state motor vehicle licensing system together with full authority to exercise requisite control and supervision over county auditors as statutory agents.