Chapter 39.52 RCW



HTMLPDF 39.52.010Issuance of funding bonds authorized.
HTMLPDF 39.52.015Validation of prior bond issues.
HTMLPDF 39.52.020Limitations on issuance of bonds.
HTMLPDF 39.52.035Tax levyPurpose.
HTMLPDF 39.52.050"Corporate authorities" defined.


Cities and towns, ratification and funding of indebtedness: Chapter 35.40 RCW.
Metropolitan municipal corporations, funding and refunding bonds: RCW 35.58.470.
Port districts, funding and refunding indebtedness: Chapter 53.44 RCW.
Public utility districts, funding and refunding bonds: RCW 54.24.090.
School districts, refunding bonds: RCW 28A.530.040.

Issuance of funding bonds authorized.

Any county, city, or town in the state of Washington which now has or may hereafter have an outstanding indebtedness evidenced by warrants or bonds, including warrants or bonds of any county, city, or town which are special fund obligations of and constitute a lien upon the waterworks or other public utilities of such county, city, or town, and are payable only from the income or funds derived or to be derived therefrom, whether issued originally within the limitations of the Constitution of this state, or of any law thereof, or whether such outstanding indebtedness has been or may hereafter be validated or legalized in the manner prescribed by law, may, by its corporate authorities, provide by ordinance or resolution for the issuance of funding bonds with which to take up and cancel such outstanding indebtedness in the manner hereinafter described, said bonds to constitute general obligations of such county, city, or town: PROVIDED, That special fund obligations payable only from the income funds of the public utility, shall not be refunded by the issuance of general municipal bonds where voter approval is required before general municipal bonds may be issued for such public utility purposes, unless such general municipal bonds shall have been previously authorized. Nothing in this chapter shall be so construed as to prevent any such county, city, or town from funding its indebtedness as now provided by law.


Purpose1984 c 186: See note following RCW 39.46.110.

Validation of prior bond issues.

That all bonds heretofore voted or issued, and which may have been or may hereafter be issued by any county, city or town, for any of the purposes authorized by the preceding section as hereby amended, including general fund bonds issued for the purpose of refunding special utility fund bonds or warrants, shall be validated and have the same force and effect as though said section had been in full force and effect at the time said bonds were either authorized or issued.
[ 1917 c 145 § 2; RRS § 5618.]

Limitations on issuance of bonds.

No bonds issued under this chapter shall be issued for a longer period than twenty years. Nothing in this chapter shall be deemed to authorize the issuing of any funding bonds which exceeds any constitutional or statutory limitations of indebtedness. Such bonds shall be issued and sold in accordance with chapters 39.46 and 39.53 RCW, exclusive of RCW 39.53.120.


Purpose1984 c 186: See note following RCW 39.46.110.
Liberal constructionSeverability1983 c 167: See RCW 39.46.010 and note following.
Purpose1970 ex.s. c 56: "Because market conditions are such that the state, state agencies, state colleges and universities, and the political subdivisions, municipal corporations and quasi municipal corporations of this state are finding it increasingly difficult and, in some cases, impossible to market bond issues and all other obligations, at the maximum permissible rate of interest payable on such bonds and obligations, it is the purpose of this 1970 amendatory act to remove all maximum rates of interest payable on such bonds and obligations." [ 1970 ex.s. c 56 § 1; 1969 ex.s. c 232 § 1.]
ValidationSaving1969 ex.s. c 232: "All bonds, the issuance of which was authorized or ratified at a general or special election held within the issuing jurisdiction prior to the effective date of this amendatory act or the proposition for the issuance of which will be submitted at such an election pursuant to action of the legislative authority of the issuer taken prior to the effective date of this amendatory act, may be sold and issued with an interest rate or rates greater than any interest rate restriction contained in the ballot proposition or ordinance or resolution relating to such authorization or ratification if such bonds are sold and issued with an interest rate or rates not greater than those permitted by the applicable provision of this amendatory act." [ 1969 ex.s. c 232 § 94.]
Severability1969 ex.s. c 232: "If a court of competent jurisdiction shall adjudge to be invalid or unconstitutional any clause, sentence, paragraph, section, or part of this 1969 amendatory act, such judgment or decree shall not affect, impair or nullify the remainder of this act, but the effect thereof shall be confined to the clause, sentence, paragraph, section, or part of this act so adjudged to be invalid or unconstitutional." [ 1969 ex.s. c 232 § 95.]
Bonds, form, terms of sale, payment, etc.: Chapter 39.44 RCW.

Tax levyPurpose.

The corporate authorities of any such county, city or town shall provide annually by ordinance or resolution for the levy and extension on the tax rolls of such county, city or town, and for the collection thereof, of a direct annual tax in addition to all other county, city or town taxes to be levied according to law, which shall be sufficient to meet the interest on all of said bonds promptly as the same matures, and also sufficient to fully pay each series of bonds as the same matures: PROVIDED, That such ordinance or resolution shall not be repealed until the levy therein provided for shall be fully paid, or the bonds both principal and interest shall be paid or canceled.
[ 1895 c 170 § 4; RRS § 5621. Formerly RCW 39.52.030, part.]

"Corporate authorities" defined.

The words "corporate authorities", used in this chapter, shall be held to mean the county legislative authority, or the council or commission of the city or town.


Purpose1984 c 186: See note following RCW 39.46.110.