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Washington State Bills under consideration – 1/14/2013

House Bill 1040: Revising real property valuation notices
Introduced by Rep. Dean Takko, (D-Longview) (D) on January 14, 2013, authorizes county assessors to combine or separately state land and improvement values on annual real property value notices that inform taxpayers of changes in real property and improvement values.

House Bill 1049: Modifying the administration and operation of flood control districts
Introduced by Rep. Dean Takko, (D-Longview) (D) on January 14, 2013, provides that contracts for construction or maintenance, or for labor or materials used in any improvement authorized by a flood control district, may only be awarded through a public bidding process Notices calling for sealed bid proposals must be published in at least one newspaper of general circulation in the district. The notices must be published at least once fourteen or more days before the deadline for submitting proposals; and bid proposals must be in writing, must be filed at the location specified in the notice, and must be opened and read in public.

House Bill 1052: Authorizing local government selection of appropriate sewer systems in urban areas
Introduced by Rep. Jan Angel (D) on January 14, 2013, specifies that in providing urban governmental services within the urban growth areas, counties and cities may choose as the main source of sewage treatment for any location any approved systems for sewage and solid waste handling systems, plants, sites, or facilities, which includes approved on-site sewage systems.

House Bill 1053: Requiring notice to property owners when a county, city, or town modifies its zoning requirements
Introduced by Rep. Jan Angel (D) on January 14, 2013, provides that any city or town that is considering a proposal to rezone private property must ensure that, prior to any hearing at which the rezone will be considered, written notice of the proposal is provided to the owners of the real property for which the rezone would apply.

House Bill 1055: Concerning metropolitan park district property tax levies
Introduced by Rep. Jan Angel (D) on January 14, 2013, provides that certain metropolitan parks may submit a ballot proposition to voters of the district authorizing the protection of the district’s tax levy from prorationing. A district may impose all or any portion of the district’s twenty-five cent per thousand dollars of assessed valuation tax levy outside of the five dollar and ninety cent per thousand dollar of assessed valuation limitation established by statute. A simple majority vote of voters voting on the proposition is required for approval.

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