Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

AGO 1953 NO. 4 >

The election procedure prescribed for irrigation districts being exclusive, contains no provision allowing the challenge of an individual offering to vote at either annual or special election.

AGO 1973 NO. 6 >

(1) The members of the board of directors of an irrigation district are "elected officials" within the meaning of § 24 of Initiative No. 276, requiring annual reports of the financial interests of elected officials. (2) Section 24 (1) (b) of Initiative No. 276 which requires the reports of a candidate or elected official to disclose certain financial interests does not include financial interests in tangible personal property but it is, instead, limited to such interests in intangible personalty. (3) Section 24 (1) (b) of Initiative No. 276 only requires the reporting of financial interests in excess of $5,000 in a bank or savings account or cash surrender value of any insurance policy, or in excess of $500 in other items of intangible personal property; it does not require the lumping together of separate items in any given class which themselves have a lesser value so as to require reporting if the aggregate value of all items in the class exceeds the applicable minimum reportable amount.

AGO 1957 NO. 26 >

An irrigation district may not compensate a director for expenses undertaken in connection with lobbying for federal legislation.

AGO 1955 NO. 82 >

Irrigation District Commissioners‑-segregation of lands within discretionary powers.  Equalization of irrigation district assessments‑-must be just.

AGO 1952 NO. 312 >

Irrigation districts may issue coupon warrants, the proceeds of which are to be used in making the payments required by contracts between the United States and the irrigation districts, and such warrants will be valid general obligations of the issuing districts.

AGO 1953 NO. 495 >

An irrigation district board may not levy an assessment under RCW 87.32.060 before the assessment roll has been equalized pursuant to RCW 87.32.040.