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Special Purpose District Information Sources


This page provides bibliographic reference sources relating to special purpose districts in Washington state. It includes general references that are applicable to all special purpose districts, and some that are only applicable to Washington. Some of these references might also be of special historical interest to persons studying the evolution of Washington's special purpose districts. A section has been included for each of the following topics: publications of Washington state agencies, Washington special purpose district associations, and special district organizations and agencies from other states. For a listing of other Washington Special Purpose District webpages see Special Purpose Districts in Washington, MRSC.

U.S. Census Bureau Data

General Information About Special Purpose Districts in Washington State

  • A Local Government by Any Other Name, by Hugh Spitzer, Proceedings of the Washington State Municipal Attorneys, Fall 2009 - The paper reviews the categories that Washington legislators and the Washington State Supreme Court have used to classify and describe local government units. It also describes how the large array of classifications—and the lack of consistent interpretation and use of those labels—leads to confusion and unnecessary litigation.
  • Special Districts, Part III in The Closest Governments to the People: A Complete Reference Guide to Local Government in State, by Steve Lundin, Washington State University Division of Governmental Studies and Services, 2007 (Available through MRSC Library Loan)
  • Special Districts in the State of Washington, by Ruth Ittner, Report No. 150, Seattle: University of Washington, Bureau of Government Research and Services, 1963 - Historical information - Statutes and some statistical information (Available through MRSC Library Loan)
  • Special Purpose Districts in Washington State, Report No. 58, Municipal Research and Services Center, August 2003
  • Special Purpose District Financial Services, Snohomish County Finance Department, Issue Paper, May 2002 County Treasurer's Manual 2010-2011 (11.11 MB ), Washington State Association of County Treasurers

Washington State Government Resources

Washington State Auditor's Office

Washington State Department of Revenue

Washington State Legislature

Washington State Special Purpose Districts Associations and Publications

Air Pollution Control Authorities

Cemetery Districts

Conservation Districts - Conservation Commission

Fire Protection Districts and Regional Fire Authority

Flood Control Districts and Flood Control Zone Districts

Hospital Districts

Housing Authorities

Irrigation Districts

Library Districts

Mosquito Control Districts

Park and Recreation Districts

Port Districts

Public Facilities Districts

Public Utility Districts

School Districts

Water and Sewer Districts

Weed Districts

Information About Special Purpose Districts in Other States

Last Modified: October 17, 2016