77.12.201  <<  77.12.203 >>   77.12.204

In lieu payments authorizedProcedureGame lands defined.

(1) Except as provided in subsections (5), (6), and (7) of this section and notwithstanding RCW 84.36.010 or other statutes to the contrary, the director must pay by April 30th of each year on game lands, regardless of acreage, in each county, if requested by an election under RCW 77.12.201, an amount in lieu of real property taxes equal to that amount paid on similar parcels of open space land taxable under chapter 84.34 RCW or the greater of seventy cents per acre per year or the amount paid in 1984 plus an additional amount for control of noxious weeds equal to that which would be paid if such lands were privately owned. This amount may not be assessed or paid on department buildings, structures, facilities, game farms, fish hatcheries, water access sites, tidelands, or public fishing areas.
(2) "Game lands," as used in this section and RCW 77.12.201, means those tracts, regardless of acreage, owned in fee by the department and used for wildlife habitat and public recreational purposes. All lands purchased for wildlife habitat, public access, or recreation purposes with federal funds in the Snake River drainage basin are considered game lands regardless of acreage.
(3) This section does not apply to lands transferred after April 23, 1990, to the department from other state agencies.
(4) The county must distribute the amount received under this section in lieu of real property taxes to all property taxing districts except the state in appropriate tax code areas the same way it would distribute local property taxes from private property. The county must distribute the amount received under this section for weed control to the appropriate weed district.
(5) For the 2013-2015 and 2015-2017 fiscal biennia, the director must pay by April 30th of each year on game lands in each county, if requested by an election under RCW 77.12.201, an amount in lieu of real property taxes and must be distributed as follows:
County
Adams. . . .1,909
Asotin. . . .36,123
Chelan. . . .24,757
Columbia. . . .7,795
Ferry. . . .6,781
Garfield. . . .4,840
Grant. . . .37,443
Kittitas. . . .143,974
Klickitat. . . .21,906
Lincoln. . . .13,535
Okanogan. . . .151,402
Pend Oreille. . . .3,309
Yakima. . . .126,225
These amounts may not be assessed or paid on department buildings, structures, facilities, game farms, fish hatcheries, water access sites, tidelands, or public fishing areas.
(6) For the 2017-2019 fiscal biennium, the director must pay by April 30th of each year on game lands in each county, if requested by an election under RCW 77.12.201, an amount in lieu of real property taxes and must be distributed as follows:
County
Adams. . . . 1,909
Asotin. . . . 36,123
Chelan. . . .39,858
Columbia. . . .20,713
Ferry. . . .22,798
Garfield. . . .12,744
Grant. . . .71,930
Kittitas. . . .382,638
Klickitat. . . .51,019
Lincoln. . . . 13,535
Okanogan. . . .264,036
Pend Oreille. . . .5,546
Yakima. . . .186,056
These amounts may not be assessed or paid on department buildings, structures, facilities, game farms, fish hatcheries, water access sites, tidelands, or public fishing areas.
(7) During the 2019-21 [2021 fiscal] biennium, the state treasurer must distribute the payments required under this section on behalf of the director.

NOTES:

Effective date2019 c 415: See note following RCW 28B.20.476.
Effective date2018 c 299: See note following RCW 43.41.433.
Effective date2017 3rd sp.s. c 1: See note following RCW 43.41.455.
Effective dates2015 3rd sp.s. c 4: See note following RCW 28B.15.069.
Effective date2014 c 55: "This act takes effect July 1, 2015." [ 2014 c 55 § 2.]
Effective dates2013 2nd sp.s. c 4: See note following RCW 2.68.020.
Effective date2012 2nd sp.s. c 7: See note following RCW 2.68.020.
Effective date2005 c 303 §§ 1-14: See note following RCW 79A.15.010.
Limitations1990 1st ex.s. c 15: "Amounts saved by operation of section 11 of this act during the 1989-91 fiscal biennium may be used only for financing capital facilities." [ 1990 1st ex.s. c 15 § 12.]
Severability1990 1st ex.s. c 15: See note following RCW 43.99H.010.
Effective date1984 c 214: See note following RCW 77.12.201.
Effective dateIntent, constructionSavingsSeverability1980 c 78: See notes following RCW 77.04.010.
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