RCW 35.02.078 provides for an election on the question of incorporation of a city or town. If incorporation is authorized, a separate election is held prior to the effective date of incorporation to elect persons to the offices prescribed by law. The newly incorporated city or town is not liable for the costs of electing city officials after the election on the question of incorporation but prior to the effective date of incorporation.
AGO 1990 NO. 14 > Nov 2 1990
CITIES AND TOWNS ‑- ELECTIONS ‑- COSTS ‑- LIABILITY OF NEWLY INCORPORATED CITIES AND TOWNS FOR COST OF ELECTIONS PRIOR TO THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF INCORPORATION