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July Brings Sunshine and Salary Increases to Select Officials of Many Special Purpose Districts


July 30, 2013 by Joe Levan
Category: Special Districts

Effective July 1, 2013, commissioners, board members, supervisors, and directors for a variety of Washington special purpose districts received an increase in compensation based on formulas adopted by statute and implemented by required agency action, resulting in official notice of the increases. The notice at issue is WSR 13-12-078, which was filed by the Washington State Office of Financial Management (OFM) and published in the Washington State Register. Pursuant to that notice, specified officials at fifteen different types of special purpose districts throughout the state received increases in compensation effective July 1.

For the following 12 types of special purpose districts, the new dollar threshold for commissioners, board members, supervisors, and directors is $114 per day and the new annual compensation limit is $10,944:
  • Metropolitan Park Commissioners (RCW 35.61.150)
  • Fire District Board Members (RCW 52.14.010)
  • Water Sewer District Board Members (RCW 57.12.010)
  • Cemetery District Commissioners (RCW 68.52.220)
  • Public Hospital District Commissioners (RCW 70.44.050)
  • Board of Diking Commissioners (RCW 85.05.410)
  • Board and Members of the Board of Drainage Commissioners (RCW 85.06.380)
  • Members of the Board of Supervisors in a Diking, Drainage, and Sewerage Improvement District (RCW 85.08.320)
  • Members of Diking and Drainage Districts in Two or More Counties (RCW 85.24.080)
  • Flood Control District Board of Directors (RCW 86.09.283)
  • Irrigation District Directors (RCW 87.03.460)
  • Special District Governing Body Members (special districts that provide diking, drainage, and flood control facilities and services)(RCW 85.38.075)

Members of the governing bodies of three other types of special purpose districts are also receiving compensation increases effective July, 1, 2013, but the amounts depend upon the gross operating income or gross revenue of the district:
  • Port District Commissioners (RCW 53.12.260): The new dollar threshold for per diem compensation is $114 per day. The new annual per diem compensation limit is $10,944 for port districts with a gross operating income of less than $25 million in the preceding calendar year, and $13,680 for port districts with a gross operating income of $25 million or more. The new monthly commissioner salary for port districts with a gross operating income of $25 million or more is $635, and it is $254 for port districts with a gross operating income of from $1 million to less than $25 million.
  • Public Utility District Commissioners (RCW 54.12.080): The new dollar threshold for per diem compensation is $114 per day, with a new annual per diem compensation limit of $15,960. The new monthly commissioner salary is $2,285 per month for public utility districts with gross revenue of over $15 million in the preceding fiscal year, and $1,650 per month for such districts with gross revenue of from $2 million to $15 million per fiscal year. For other public utility districts (i.e., those with gross revenue of less than $2 million per fiscal year), the new monthly salary is $762 per month.
  • Public Transportation Benefit Authority Members (RCW 36.57A.050): The new dollar threshold for regular members is $56 per day, with a new annual compensation limit of $4,200. However, the authority may, by resolution, increase the per diem compensation to $114 per day, with a new annual compensation limit of $8,550. The new dollar threshold for the chair is $56 per day with a new annual compensation limit of $5,600. However, the authority may, by resolution, increase the payment of per diem compensation to $114 per day, with a new annual compensation limit of $11,400.

Note, too, that the official notice (i.e., WSR 13-12-078) setting forth these special purpose district compensation increases indicates that, if you have any questions or need further information, you can contact Bob Baker of OFM at bob.baker@ofm.wa.gov.

About Joe Levan

Joe has been a municipal attorney for many years, including as an in-house city attorney, in private practice for two municipal law firms through which he provided litigation and a range of other services to several Washington municipalities, and as part of the in-house legal team for Sound Transit. Joe supervises the legal consultant staff and oversees the work program for the legal team.

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