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AGO 1988 NO. 17 >

1.If a public hospital district constructs a district project through the device of leasing public hospital district property to a private property and leasing back some or all of it for hospital district use, the project is a public work for purposes of chapter 39.12 RCW, the prevailing wage law.2.If a public hospital district leases district property to a private party, with buildings or other structures to be constructed and used partly for public and partly for private purposes, or if the public hospital district as lessor has a significant reversionary interest in a building to be constructed by the lessee, the project may or may not be a public work for purposes of the prevailing wage law, depending on the primary purpose of the project and the other facts bearing on a specific case.

AGO 1955 NO. 47 >

1. A hospital district may accept a promissory note as evidence of an indebtedness due it for services rendered.  2. A hospital district has no authority to discount at a bank "with recourse" a promissory note received by it for services rendered.

AGO 1954 NO. 363 >

1. The maximum bonded indebtedness which can be authorized by the voters in hospital districts is five percent of the assessed valuation of the property in the district.  2. In determining maximum bonded indebtedness, no consideration need be given to the existing indebtedness against the property created by other taxing districts.  3. The commissioners of a hospital district have no authority to call a special election to authorize the issuance of bonds.

AGO 1953 NO. 476 >

The governing body of a hospital district can refund outstanding general obligation bonds for capital purposes only, and provide for an annual levy in excess of the forty mill limit for the payment thereof, subject to the limitation that the annual levy authorized for the bonds being refunded cannot be exceeded.