Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

AGO 1974 NO. 19 >

An initial collective bargaining agreement executed under chapter 41.56 RCW between a county, municipality or political subdivision and the bargaining representative of its employees may contain a provision whereby the salary or wage rates therein agreed upon will be payable for services previously rendered, from and after a designated date prior to its execution, but only if there was in existence during that previous period some kind of agreement that the wages received for their work performed between the date of such agreement and the execution of the collective bargaining agreement are not to be considered to be their full compensation; and no such agreement or understanding can be found from the mere act of certification or recognition of a bargaining agent under RCW 41.56.080.

AGO 1974 NO. 20 >

(1) The governing body of a municipal corporation whose funds are in the custody of a county treasurer may not authorize such treasurer, by a single blanket resolution, to invest all of its present and future surplus funds in a certain specified way or ways, and thus avoid having those funds invested as county residual funds under the second paragraph of RCW 36.29.020. (2) The governing body of a municipal corporation may enact a blanket ordinance or resolution permitting either a single member of that body or some other officer or employee thereof to authorize the county treasurer having custody of its funds to invest those funds as and when indicated, provided that the ordinance or resolution contains sufficient standards to guide that officer or employee in the exercise of the power thus delegated.

AGO 1963 NO. 35 >

There is no state law requiring the board administering a jointly-operated municipal airport to call for bids for construction of public works or for the purchase of equipment or other personal property.  A jointly operated municipal airport is specifically authorized by state law to acquire such property by negotiation.

AGLO 1974 NO. 78 >

Chapter 126, Laws of 1974, 1st Ex. Sess., does not authorize a board of fire commissioners to impose a service charge on real and personal property owned by the state or any county or other municipal corporation which is benefited by fire protection service offered by a fire protection district.

AGO 1964 NO. 97 >

(1) A city of the first class, in the absence of a restriction in its charter, has the authority to adopt by ordinance a plan for granting severance pay to its employees for accrued sick leave in consideration of service to be performed by the employee after the adoption of the ordinance. (2) Same : Counties and other cities and towns, but not school districts, have the authority to adopt by ordinance or contract provisions a plan granting severance pay to their employees for accrued sick leave in consideration of services to be performed by the employee after the ordinance is adopted or contract is executed.

AGO 1957 NO. 99 >

Publicly owned land within a library district is subject to the district tax levy beginning on the next assessment date following passage of title into private ownership, provided such land is not included within the corporate limits of a city on March 1 of the assessment year.

AGO 1957 NO. 140 >

The department of commerce and economic development has the authority to administer grants under chapter 157, Laws of 1957, and chapter 215, Laws of 1957, and it is authorized to perform planning work in all municipalities, cities, towns, metropolitan and regional areas.

AGO 1958 NO. 152 >

A municipality may not impose transit service charges to be added to billings to municipal utility customers for the purpose of extending financial assistance to either municipally owned or privately owned transit systems.