CITIES AND TOWNS - TAXATION - UTILITIES
REDUCING RATE OF MUNICIPAL UTILITY TAX (1) The November 1 deadline in § 4, chapter 49, Laws of 1982, 1st Ex. Sess., relating to the reduction of certain municipal utility taxes, is mandatory in the sense that a city or town may be compelled, through the issuance of a writ of mandamus, to take action, each year, before that date; however, a city or town does not lose the power, or capacity, to take the requisite action as a consequence of its failure to act prior to the arrival of that specified date. (2) Insofar as they prohibit a rate change from taking effect before the expiration of sixty days following the enactment of the ordinance establishing the rate change, the provisions of § 3, chapter 49, Laws of 1982, 1st Ex. Sess. are applicable to reductions as well as increases. (3) A city or town may not enact an ordinance on October 31 of a given year, reducing its tax rate pursuant to § 4, chapter 49, Laws of 1982, 1st Ex. Sess., to become operative more than sixty days thereafter.
CITIES AND TOWNS - UTILITIES
Authority of cities and towns to shift costs of street lighting from the general government to utility customers Cities and towns lack the authority to operate their street lighting as a utility or to impose a charge on the city's utility customers for the cost of furnishing street lighting.
ENERGY - DISTRICT, PUBLIC UTILITY - UTILITIES - CITIES AND TOWNS - CONSERVATION - ELECTRICAL - STATE AUDITOR
Identification Of Cost-Effective Energy Conservation Potential By Consumer-Owned Utilities
- The reference to the “most recently published regional power
plan” in RCW 19.285.040(1)(a), which was enacted as part of Initiative
Measure 937, refers to the Pacific Northwest Electric Power And
Conservation Planning Council power plan in existence at the time the
statute was enacted.
- The term “methodologies” in RCW 19.285.040(1)(a) means a set of methods or procedures employed in the solution of a problem.
- The phrase “conservation calculator” in WAC 194-37-070 refers not
only to the calculator employed in the power plan in existence at the
time RCW 19.285.040 was enacted, but also refers to calculators based on
the most recently published power plan.
- RCW 19.285.040(1)(b) requires a consumer-owned utility to review
and update its achievable cost-effective conservation potential every
two years, including any necessary update to biennial targets based on