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Bill #:  2428

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EMS levy approvals

Companion bill #: No Companion Bill.

House - RULES - DEAD

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Update 2/14/04
This week the House Finance Committee passed a substitute version of the bill, which removed this change in the approval process while continuing to clarify that only a majority of voters need to reauthorize an uninterrupted continuation of a current EMS levy at a lower rate.

This bill makes two changes to Emergency Medical Services levies.

First, it clarifies that a six or 10-year EMS levy may be reauthorized at a lower rate with a simple majority vote. An initial EMS levy must still be approved by at least 60 percent of registered voters. In 2012, the law was amended to allow a six or 10-year EMS levy to be reauthorized by a simple majority, instead of the 60 percent approval required by an initial EMS levy, as long as the levy is an “uninterrupted continuation” of the existing one. There has been some confusion as to whether the 2012 changes allow simple majority approval to continue an EMS levy at a different rate. This bill clarifies that reauthorization at a lower rate may be approved by a simple majority.

Second, it changes the approval process for a countywide EMS levy. Current law requires a county to get approval from the legislative authority of each city with a population greater than 50,000 to place an EMS levy on the ballot. This bill instead would require the county to get approval of the majority of taxing districts with a population greater than 50,000 that receive EMS levy funds.

Latest version of bill:

Link to WA Legislative bill page

Official title:

AN ACT Relating to authorizations of proposals for emergency medical care and service levies;


S. Hunt, Ryu, Fitzgibbon

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AWC Contacts

Analyst:  Serena Dolly
Lobbyist:  Victoria Lincoln

Issue Area

Municipal Finance

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