Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

AGO 1953 NO. 15 > Apr 21 1953

1. Funds in county public assistance accounts on April 1, 1953, may be used for general assistance purposes, not merely general home assistance. 2. Such funds may be used for salaries, wages and operations of local offices to extent chargeable to general assistance. 3. Such funds may not be used in federal-aid programs. 4. Counties will have no actual duties in connection with general assistance when their assistance accounts are exhausted. 5. State department need not reimburse counties when their assistance accounts are depleted. 6. State may make direct payments for public assistance from state appropriations in 1953; need not issue budgets to counties. 7. New leases for local offices after April 1, 1953, should be executed on behalf of state department.  Counties not responsible for housing after that date.