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RCW 84.55.010

Limitations prescribed.

Except as provided in this chapter, the levy for a taxing district in any year must be set so that the regular property taxes payable in the following year does [do] not exceed the limit factor multiplied by the amount of regular property taxes lawfully levied for such district in the highest of the three most recent years in which such taxes were levied for such district plus an additional dollar amount calculated by multiplying the regular property tax levy rate of that district for the preceding year by the increase in assessed value in that district resulting from:

     (1) New construction;

     (2) Increases in assessed value due to construction of wind turbine, solar, biomass, and geothermal facilities, if such facilities generate electricity and the property is not included elsewhere under this section for purposes of providing an additional dollar amount. The property may be classified as real or personal property;

     (3) Improvements to property; and

     (4) Any increase in the assessed value of state-assessed property.

[2014 c 4 § 1; 2006 c 184 § 1; 1997 c 3 § 202 (Referendum Bill No. 47, approved November 4, 1997); 1979 ex.s. c 218 § 2; 1973 1st ex.s. c 67 § 1; 1971 ex.s. c 288 § 20.]

Notes:

     Application -- 2014 c 4: "This act applies to taxes levied for collection in 2015 and thereafter." [2014 c 4 § 6.]

     Intent -- 1997 c 3 §§ 201-207: "It is the intent of sections 201 through 207 of this act to lower the one hundred six percent limit while still allowing taxing districts to raise revenues in excess of the limit if approved by a majority of the voters as provided in RCW 84.55.050." [1997 c 3 § 208 (Referendum Bill No. 47, approved November 4, 1997).]

     Application -- Severability--Part headings not law -- Referral to electorate -- 1997 c 3: See notes following RCW 84.40.030.

     Effective date -- Applicability -- 1979 ex.s. c 218: "This act is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, and safety, the support of the state government and its existing public institutions, and shall take effect immediately: PROVIDED, That the amendment to RCW 84.55.010 by section 2 of this act shall be effective for 1979 levies for taxes collected in 1980, and for subsequent years." [1979 ex.s. c 218 § 8.]