Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

AGO 2012 NO. 4 > May 15 2012

A county legislative authority is generally prohibited from entering into contracts that bind the future legislative actions of the county.  The application of this principle depends upon a distinction between actions that are legislative in nature and those that are merely administrative or proprietary.

AGO 1965 NO. 17 > Apr 15 1965

A school district, through its board of directors, may legally contract for fire, theft and liability insurance covering a period of years, the premiums of which are payable in annual installments over the life of the contract.

AGO 1967 NO. 37 > Oct 31 1967

When a school district purchases fire and extended coverage insurance protection for the property of the district under a three year contract which it may cancel at any time, and consequently recover any unearned portion of the premium, it may pay the full premium due in accordance with the contract at the time of purchase.