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Chapter 53.08 RCW Powers

Chapter 53.08 RCW Powers

Acquisition of vacated waterways: RCW 79.120.060.
Actions by and against public corporations: RCW 4.08.110 and 4.08.120.

Airport zoning: Chapter 14.12 RCW.

Deferral of special assessments: Chapter 84.38 RCW.

Emergency public works: Chapter 39.28 RCW.

Heating systems authorized: RCW 35.97.020.

Industrial development revenue bonds: Chapter 39.84 RCW.

Lien for labor and materials on public works: Chapter 60.28 RCW.

Municipal airports: Chapters 14.07 and 14.08 RCW.

Permits to use waterways within a port district: RCW 79.120.040.

Public contracts: Chapters 39.04 through 39.32 RCW.

Special purpose districts, expenditures to recruit job candidates: RCW 42.24.170.


The definitions in this section apply throughout this chapter unless the context clearly requires otherwise.

(1) "Commission" means the Washington utilities and transportation commission.

(2) "Rural port district" means a port district formed under chapter 53.04 RCW and located in a county with an average population density of fewer than one hundred persons per square mile.

(3) "Telecommunications" has the same meaning as contained in RCW 80.04.010.

(4) "Telecommunications facilities" means lines, conduits, ducts, poles, wires, cables, crossarms, receivers, transmitters, instruments, machines, appliances, instrumentalities and all devices, real estate, easements, apparatus, property, and routes used, operated, owned, or controlled by any entity to facilitate the provision of telecommunications services.

(5) "Wholesale telecommunications services" means the provision of telecommunications services or facilities for resale by an entity authorized to provide telecommunications services to the general public and internet service providers.

[2000 c 81 6.]

Notes: Findings -- 2000 c 81: "The legislature makes the following findings:

(1) Access to telecommunications facilities and services is essential to the economic well-being of both rural and urban areas.

(2) Many persons and entities, particularly in rural areas, do not have adequate access to telecommunications facilities and services.

(3) Public utility districts and rural port districts may be well-positioned to construct and operate telecommunications facilities." [2000 c 81 1.]


Acquisition of property Levy of assessments.
A port district may acquire by purchase, for cash or on deferred payments for a period not exceeding twenty years, or by condemnation, or both, all lands, property, property rights, leases, or easements necessary for its purposes and may exercise the right of eminent domain in the acquirement or damaging of all such lands, property, and property rights, and may levy and collect assessments upon property for the payment of all damages and compensation in carrying out its purposes, and such right shall be exercised in the same manner and by the same procedure as provided for cities of the first class insofar as consistent with this title, and in connection therewith the county treasurer shall perform the duties of the treasurers of such cities.

[1983 c 24 1; 1955 c 65 2. Prior: 1953 c 171 1; 1943 c 166 2, part; 1921 c 183 1, part; 1917 c 125 1, part; 1913 c 62 4, part; 1911 c 92 4, part; Rem. Supp. 1943 9692, part.]

Notes:Eminent domain: State Constitution Art. 1 16 (Amendment 9).
Eminent domain by cities: Chapter 8.12 RCW.


Exemption of farm and agricultural land from special benefit assessments.
See RCW 84.34.300 through 84.34.380 and 84.34.922.


Acquisition and operation of facilities.
A port district may construct, condemn, purchase, acquire, add to, maintain, conduct, and operate sea walls, jetties, piers, wharves, docks, boat landings, and other harbor improvements, warehouses, storehouses, elevators, grain-bins, cold storage plants, terminal icing plants, bunkers, oil tanks, ferries, canals, locks, tidal basins, bridges, subways, tramways, cableways, conveyors, administration buildings, fishing terminals, together with modern appliances and buildings for the economical handling, packaging, storing, and transporting of freight and handling of passenger traffic, rail and motor vehicle transfer and terminal facilities, water transfer and terminal facilities, air transfer and terminal facilities, and any combination of such transfer and terminal facilities, commercial transportation, transfer, handling, storage and terminal facilities, and improvements relating to industrial and manufacturing activities within the district, and in connection with the operation of the facilities and improvements of the district, it may perform all customary services including the handling, weighing, measuring and reconditioning of all commodities received. A port district may also construct, condemn, purchase, acquire, add to and maintain facilities for the freezing or processing of goods, agricultural products, meats or perishable commodities. A port district may also construct, purchase and operate belt line railways, but shall not acquire the same by condemnation.

[1963 c 147 3; 1961 c 126 1; 1955 c 65 3. Prior: 1953 c 171 2; 1943 c 166 2, part; 1921 c 183 1, part; 1917 c 125 1, part; 1913 c 62 4, part; 1911 c 92 4, part; Rem. Supp. 1943 9692, part.]

Notes: Severability -- 1961 c 126: "If any provision of this act, or its application to any person or circumstance is held invalid, the remainder of the act, or the application of the provision to other persons or circumstances is not affected." [1961 c 126 2.]

Essential rail assistance account, distribution of moneys to port districts: RCW 47.76.250.


Operation of foreign trade zones.
A district may apply to the United States for permission to establish, operate, and maintain foreign trade zones within the district: PROVIDED, That nothing herein shall be construed to prevent such zones from being operated and financed by a private corporation(s) on behalf of such district acting as zone sponsor: PROVIDED FURTHER, That when the money so raised is to be used exclusively for the purpose of acquiring land for sites and constructing warehouses, storage plants, and other facilities to be constructed within the zone for use in the operation and maintenance of the zones, the district may contract indebtedness and issue general bonds therefor in an amount, in addition to the three-fourths of one percent hereinafter fixed, of one percent of the value of the taxable property in the district, as the term "value of the taxable property" is defined in RCW 39.36.015, such additional indebtedness only to be incurred with the assent of three-fifths of the voters of the district voting thereon.

[1977 ex.s. c 196 7; 1970 ex.s. c 42 31; 1955 c 65 4. Prior: 1943 c 166 2, part; 1921 c 183 1, part; 1917 c 125 1, part; 1913 c 62 4, part; 1911 c 92 4, part; Rem. Supp. 1943 9692, part.]

Notes: Effective date -- 1977 ex.s. c 196: See note following RCW 24.46.010.

Severability -- Effective date -- 1970 ex.s. c 42: See notes following RCW 39.36.015.

Foreign trade zones: Chapter 24.46 RCW.


Improvement of lands for industrial and commercial purposes Providing sewer and water utilities Providing pollution control facilities.
A district may improve its lands by dredging, filling, bulkheading, providing waterways or otherwise developing such lands for industrial and commercial purposes. A district may also acquire, construct, install, improve, and operate sewer and water utilities to serve its own property and other property owners under terms, conditions, and rates to be fixed and approved by the port commission. A district may also acquire, by purchase, construction, lease, or in any other manner, and may maintain and operate other facilities for the control or elimination of air, water, or other pollution, including, but not limited to, facilities for the treatment and/or disposal of industrial wastes, and may make such facilities available to others under terms, conditions and rates to be fixed and approved by the port commission. Such conditions and rates shall be sufficient to reimburse the port for all costs, including reasonable amortization of capital outlays caused by or incidental to providing such other pollution control facilities: PROVIDED, That no part of such costs of providing any pollution control facility to others shall be paid out of any tax revenues of the port: AND PROVIDED FURTHER, That no port shall enter into an agreement or contract to provide sewer and/or water utilities or pollution control facilities if substantially similar utilities or facilities are available from another source (or sources) which is able and willing to provide such utilities or facilities on a reasonable and nondiscriminatory basis unless such other source (or sources) consents thereto.

In the event that a port elects to make such other pollution control facilities available to others, it shall do so by lease, lease purchase agreement, or other agreement binding such user to pay for the use of said facilities for the full term of the revenue bonds issued by the port for the acquisition of said facilities, and said payments shall at least fully reimburse the port for all principal and interest paid by it on said bonds and for all operating or other costs, if any, incurred by the port in connection with said facilities: PROVIDED, HOWEVER, That where there is more than one user of any such facilities, each user shall be responsible for its pro rata share of such costs and payment of principal and interest. Any port intending to provide pollution control facilities to others shall first survey the port district to ascertain the potential users of such facilities and the extent of their needs. The port shall conduct a public hearing upon the proposal and shall give each potential user an opportunity to participate in the use of such facilities upon equal terms and conditions.

[1989 c 298 1; 1972 ex.s. c 54 1; 1967 c 131 1; 1955 c 65 5. Prior: 1943 c 166 2, part; 1921 c 183 1, part; 1917 c 125 1, part; 1913 c 62 4, part; 1911 c 92 4, part; Rem. Supp. 1943 9692, part.]

Notes: Severability -- 1972 ex.s. c 54: "If any provision of this 1972 amendatory act or the application thereof to any person or circumstance, is held invalid, such invalidity shall not affect other provisions or applications of the act which can be given effect without the invalid provision or application, and to this end the provisions of this 1972 amendatory act are declared to be severable." [1972 ex.s. c 54 5.]

Assessments and charges against state lands: Chapter 79.44 RCW.


Pollution control facilities or other industrial development actions Validation Implementation of Article 8, section 8 of the Constitution.
All actions heretofore taken by port districts in conformity with the provisions of this chapter, and the provisions of chapter 6, Laws of 1975 hereby made applicable thereto, relating to pollution control facilities or other industrial development, including, but not limited to, all bonds issued for such purposes, shall be deemed to have been taken pursuant to Article 8, section 8 of the Washington state Constitution and are hereby declared to be valid, legal and binding in all respects. All provisions of Title 53 RCW directly or indirectly relating to pollution control facilities or other industrial development are hereby found and declared to be legislation implementing the provisions of Article 8, section 8 of the Washington state Constitution.

[1975 c 6 5.]

Notes: Severability -- 1975 c 6: See RCW 70.95A.940.

Construction -- 1975 c 6: See RCW 70.95A.912.


Powers relative to systems of sewerage.
A port district may exercise all the powers relating to systems of sewerage authorized by RCW 35.67.010 and 35.67.020 for cities and towns.

[1997 c 447 15.]

Notes: Finding -- Purpose -- 1997 c 447: See note following RCW 70.05.074.


Facilities constructed under authority of chapter subject to taxation of leasehold interest.
Facilities constructed by a port district under authority of this chapter will be subject to taxation of leasehold interest pursuant to applicable laws as now or hereafter enacted.

[1972 ex.s. c 54 3.]

Notes: Severability -- 1972 ex.s. c 54: See note following RCW 53.08.040.


Chapter not to be construed as restricting or limiting powers of district under other laws.
Neither this chapter nor anything herein contained shall be construed as a restriction or limitation upon any powers which a district might otherwise have under any laws of this state, but shall be construed as cumulative.

[1972 ex.s. c 54 4.]

Notes: Severability -- 1972 ex.s. c 54: See note following RCW 53.08.040.


Community revitalization financing Public improvements.
In addition to other authority that a port district possesses, a port district may provide any public improvement as defined under RCW 39.89.020, but this additional authority is limited to participating in the financing of the public improvements as provided under RCW 39.89.050.

This section does not limit the authority of a port district to otherwise participate in the public improvements if that authority exists elsewhere.

[2001 c 212 18.]

Notes: Severability -- 2001 c 212: See RCW 39.89.902.


Local improvement districts Assessments Bonds.
(1) A district may establish local improvement districts within the district, and levy special assessments, in annual installments extending over a period not exceeding ten years on all property specially benefited by the local improvement, on the basis of special benefits, to pay in whole or in part the damages or costs of the local improvement, and issue local improvement bonds to be paid from local improvement assessments. The levy and collection of such assessments and issuance of such bonds shall be as provided for the levy and collection of local improvement assessments and the issuance of local improvement bonds by cities and towns, insofar as consistent with this title: PROVIDED, That the duties of the treasurers of such cities and towns in connection therewith shall be performed by the county treasurer. Such bonds may be in any form, including bearer bonds or registered bonds as provided in RCW 39.46.030.

(2) Notwithstanding subsection (1) of this section, such bonds may be issued and sold in accordance with chapter 39.46 RCW.

[1983 c 167 132; 1955 c 65 6. Prior: 1943 c 166 2, part; 1921 c 183 1, part; 1917 c 125 1, part; 1913 c 62 4, part; 1911 c 92 4, part; Rem. Supp. 1943 9692, part.]

Notes: Liberal construction -- Severability -- 1983 c 167: See RCW 39.46.010 and note following.

Assessments and charges against state lands: Chapter 79.44 RCW.

issuance of local improvement bonds: Chapter 35.45 RCW.
levy and collection of local improvement assessments: Chapters 35.44, 35.49 RCW.

Local improvements, supplemental authority: Chapter 35.51 RCW.

Public lands subject to local assessments: RCW 79.44.010.


Local improvement districts Notice must contain statement that assessments may vary from estimates.
Any notice given to the public or to the owners of specific lots, tracts, or parcels of land relating to the formation of a local improvement district shall contain a statement that actual assessments may vary from assessment estimates so long as they do not exceed a figure equal to the increased true and fair value the improvement adds to the property.

[1989 c 243 8.]


Improvement of waters and waterways.
A district may improve navigable and nonnavigable waters of the United States and the state of Washington within the district; create and improve for harbor purposes new waterways within the district; and regulate and control all such waters and all natural or artificial waterways within the district and remove obstructions therefrom, and straighten, widen, deepen, and otherwise improve any water, watercourses, bays, lakes or streams, whether navigable or otherwise, flowing through or located within the district.

[1979 ex.s. c 30 8; 1955 c 65 7. Prior: 1943 c 171 1; 1943 c 166 2, part; 1921 c 183 1, part; 1917 c 125 1, part; 1913 c 62 4, part; 1911 c 92 4, part; Rem. Supp. 1943 9692, part.]


Rates and charges Government contracts.
A district may fix, without right of appeal therefrom the rates of wharfage, dockage, warehousing, and port and terminal charges upon all improvements owned and operated by it, and the charges of ferries operated by it.

It may fix, subject to state regulation, rates of wharfage, dockage, warehousing, and all necessary port and terminal charges upon all docks, wharves, warehouses, quays, and piers owned by it and operated under lease from it.

Notwithstanding any provision of this section, a port district may enter into any contract for wharfage, dockage, warehousing, or port or terminal charges, with the United States or any governmental agency thereof or with the state of Washington or any political subdivision thereof under such terms as the commission may, in its discretion, negotiate.

[1995 c 146 1; 1955 c 65 8. Prior: 1943 c 166 2, part; 1921 c 183 1, part; 1917 c 125 1, part; 1913 c 62 4, part; 1911 c 92 4, part; Rem. Supp. 1943 9692, part.]

Notes:Utilities and transportation commission: Chapter 80.01 RCW.


Lease of property Authorized Duration.
A district may lease all lands, wharves, docks and real and personal property owned and controlled by it, for such purposes and upon such terms as the port commission deems proper: PROVIDED, That no lease shall be for a period longer than fifty years with option for extensions for up to an additional thirty years, except where the property involved is or is to be devoted to airport purposes the port commission may lease said property for such period as may equal the estimated useful life of such work or facilities, but not to exceed seventy-five years: PROVIDED FURTHER, That where the property is held by the district under lease from the United States government or the state of Washington, or any agency or department thereof, the port commission may sublease said property, with option for extensions, up to the total term and extensions thereof permitted by such lease, but in any event not to exceed ninety years.

[1989 c 298 2; 1983 c 64 1; 1973 c 87 1; 1961 ex.s. c 8 1; 1959 c 157 1; 1955 c 65 9. Prior: 1953 c 243 1; 1943 c 166 2, part; 1921 c 183 1, part; 1917 c 125 1, part; 1913 c 62 4, part; 1911 c 92 4, part; Rem. Supp. 1943 9692, part.]

Notes:Lease of
county property for airport purposes: RCW 36.34.180.
municipal property for airport purposes: RCW 14.08.120.
Restrictions on leases of harbor areas: State Constitution Art. 15 2.


Lease of property Security for rent.
Every lease of all lands, wharves, docks, and real and personal property of a port district for a term of more than one year shall have the rent secured by rental insurance, bond, or other security satisfactory to the port commission, in an amount equal to one-sixth the total rent, but in no case shall such security be less than an amount equal to one year's rent or more than an amount equal to three years' rent. Evidence of the existence of such insurance, bonds, or security shall be on file with the commission at all times during the term of the lease: PROVIDED, That nothing in this section shall prevent the port commission from requiring additional security on leases or provisions thereof, or on other agreements to use port facilities: PROVIDED FURTHER, That any security agreement may provide for termination on the anniversary date of such agreement on not less than one year's written notice to the port if said lease is not in default at the time of said notice: PROVIDED FURTHER, That if the security as required herein is not maintained throughout the full term of the lease, said lease shall be considered in default: PROVIDED, HOWEVER, That the port commission may in its discretion waive the rent security requirement or lower the amount of such requirement on the lease of real and/or personal port property.

[1981 c 125 1; 1977 c 41 1; 1973 c 87 2.]


Sale of property.
(1) A port commission may, by resolution, authorize the managing official of a port district to sell and convey port district property of ten thousand dollars or less in value. The authority shall be in force for not more than one calendar year from the date of resolution and may be renewed from year to year. Prior to any such sale or conveyance the managing official shall itemize and list the property to be sold and make written certification to the commission that the listed property is no longer needed for district purposes. Any large block of the property having a value in excess of ten thousand dollars shall not be broken down into components of ten thousand dollars or less value and sold in the smaller components unless the smaller components be sold by public competitive bid. A port district may sell and convey any of its real or personal property valued at more than ten thousand dollars when the port commission has, by resolution, declared the property to be no longer needed for district purposes, but no property which is a part of the comprehensive plan of improvement or modification thereof shall be disposed of until the comprehensive plan has been modified to find the property surplus to port needs. The comprehensive plan shall be modified only after public notice and hearing provided by RCW 53.20.010.

Nothing in this section shall be deemed to repeal or modify procedures for property sales within industrial development districts as set forth in chapter 53.25 RCW.

(2) The ten thousand dollar figures in subsection (1) of this section shall be adjusted annually based upon the governmental price index established by the department of revenue under RCW 82.14.200.

[1994 c 26 1; 1981 c 262 1; 1969 ex.s. c 30 1; 1965 c 23 1; 1955 c 65 10. Prior: 1943 c 166 2, part; 1921 c 183 1, part; 1917 c 125 1, part; 1913 c 62 4, part; 1911 c 92 4, part; Rem. Supp. 1943 9692, part.]

Notes:Restriction on sale of harbor rights and property: State Constitution Art. 15 1 (Amendment 15).


Sale of property Contract sales Terms and conditions.
Except in cases where the full purchase price is paid at the time of the purchase, every sale of real property or personal property under authority of RCW 53.08.090 or 53.25.110 shall be subject to the following terms and conditions:

(1) The purchaser shall enter into a contract with the district in which the purchaser shall covenant that he will make the payments of principal and interest when due, and that he will pay all taxes and assessments on such property. Upon failure to make payments of principal, interest, assessments or taxes when due all rights of the purchaser under said contract may, at the election of the district, after notice to said purchaser, be declared to be forfeited. When the rights of the purchaser are declared forfeited, the district shall be released from all obligation to convey land covered by the contract, and in the case of personal property, the district shall have all rights granted to a secured party under *chapter 62A.9 RCW;

(2) The district may, as it deems advisable, extend the time for payment of principal and interest due or to become due;

(3) The district shall notify the purchaser in each instance when payment is overdue, and that the purchaser is liable to forfeiture if payment is not made within thirty days from the time the same became due, unless the time be extended by the district;

(4) Not less than four percent of the total purchase price shall be paid on the date of execution of the contract for sale and not less than four percent shall be paid annually thereafter until the full purchase price has been paid, but any purchaser may make full payment at any time. All unpaid deferred payments shall draw interest at a rate not less than six percent per annum.

Nothing in this section shall be deemed to supersede other provisions of law more specifically governing sales of port district property. It is the purpose of this section to provide additional authority and procedures for sale of port district property no longer needed for port purposes.

[1982 c 75 1; 1969 ex.s. c 11 1; 1965 c 23 2.]

Notes: *Reviser's note: Chapter 62A.9 RCW was repealed in its entirety by 2000 c 250 9A-901, effective July 1, 2001. For later enactment, see chapter 62A.9A RCW.


Sale of property Taxes and assessments against property sold by contract.
A copy of all contract sales of port district property shall be filed with the county assessor within thirty days after the first payment is received by the port. The assessor shall place such property on the tax rolls of the county and the purchaser of such property shall become liable for all levies and assessments against such property. The port shall not be liable for any taxes or assessments, but if any outstanding taxes are not paid the property may be sold by the county as with other property with delinquent taxes due. Any amounts accruing from such a sale by the county, not required to pay outstanding and delinquent taxes or assessments and foreclosure costs, shall be paid to the port district.

[1965 c 23 3.]


Gifts Improvement.
Port commissioners of any port district are hereby authorized to accept for and on behalf of said port district gifts of real and personal property and to expend in improvements and betterment such amount as may be necessary.

[1921 c 39 4; RRS 9705.]


Contracts for labor and material Small works roster.
All material required by a port district may be procured in the open market or by contract and all work ordered may be done by contract or day labor. All such contracts for work, the estimated cost of which exceeds two hundred thousand dollars, shall be let at public bidding upon notice published in a newspaper of general circulation in the district at least thirteen days before the last date upon which bids will be received, calling for sealed bids upon the work, plans and specifications for which shall then be on file in the office of the commission for public inspection. The same notice may call for bids on such work or material based upon plans and specifications submitted by the bidder. The competitive bidding requirements for purchases or public works may be waived pursuant to RCW 39.04.280 if an exemption contained within that section applies to the purchase or public work.

However, a port district may let contracts using the small works roster process under RCW 39.04.155 in lieu of calling for sealed bids. Whenever possible, the managing official shall invite at least one proposal from a minority contractor who shall otherwise qualify under this section.

When awarding such a contract for work, when utilizing proposals from the small works roster, the managing official shall give weight to the contractor submitting the lowest and best proposal, and whenever it would not violate the public interest, such contracts shall be distributed equally among contractors, including minority contractors, on the small works roster.

[2000 c 138 210; 1999 c 29 1; 1998 c 278 6; 1993 c 198 13; 1988 c 235 1; 1982 c 92 1; 1975 1st ex.s. c 47 1; 1955 c 348 2. Prior: 1921 c 179 1, part; 1911 c 92 5, part; RRS 9693, part.]

Notes: Purpose -- Part headings not law -- 2000 c 138: See notes following RCW 39.04.155.

Severability -- 1955 c 348: "If any provision of this act, or its application to any person or circumstance is held invalid, the remainder of the act, or the application of the provision to other persons or circumstances is not affected." [1955 c 348 7.]


Notice Award of contract Low bidder claiming error.
The notice shall state generally the nature of the work to be done and require that bids be sealed and filed with the commission at a time specified therein. Each bid shall be accompanied by a bid proposal deposit in the form of a cashier's check, money order, or surety bid bond to the commission for a sum not less than five percent of the amount of the bid, and no bid shall be considered unless accompanied by such bid proposal deposit. At the time and place named the bids shall be publicly opened and read and the commission shall proceed to canvass the bids and, except as otherwise in this section provided, shall let the contract to the lowest responsible bidder upon plans and specifications on file, or to the best bidder submitting his or her own plans and specifications. If, in the opinion of the commission, all bids are unsatisfactory, they may reject all of them and readvertise, and in such case all such bid proposal deposits shall be returned to the bidders; but if the contract is let, then all bid proposal deposits shall be returned to the bidders, except that of the successful bidder which shall be retained until a contract is entered into for the purchase of such materials or doing such work, and a bond given to the port district for the performance of the contract and otherwise conditioned as required by law, with sureties satisfactory to the commission, in an amount to be fixed by the commission, but not in any event less than twenty-five percent of the contract price. If the bidder fails to enter into the contract in accordance with his or her bid and furnish such bond within ten days from the date at which he or she is notified that he or she is the successful bidder, the check or money order and the amount thereof shall be forfeited to the port district or the port district shall recover the amount of the surety bid bond. A low bidder who claims error and fails to enter into a contract is prohibited from bidding on the same project if a second or subsequent call for bids is made for the project.

[1996 c 18 11; 1971 ex.s. c 258 2; 1955 c 348 3. Prior: 1921 c 179 1, part; 1911 c 92 5, part; RRS 9693, part.]

Notes: Severability -- 1971 ex.s. c 258: See note following RCW 28B.10.350.

Severability -- 1955 c 348: See note following RCW 53.08.120.

Contractor's bond: Chapter 39.08 RCW.

Lien on public works, retained percentage of contractor's earnings: Chapter 60.28 RCW.


Construction projects over forty thousand dollars Contracting out.
Port districts shall determine if any construction project over forty thousand dollars can be accomplished less expensively by contracting out. If contracting out is less expensive, the port district may contract out such project.

[1982 c 92 2.]


Leases or contracts without bond.
Port districts may enter into leases and contracts of every kind and nature with the United States of America or any of its departments, the state of Washington or any of its departments, or its political subdivisions or with any municipal corporation or quasi municipal corporation of the state of Washington, without requiring said port district or public bodies to provide bonds to secure the performance thereof. All such leases or contracts heretofore entered into are hereby ratified.

[1943 c 136 1; Rem. Supp. 1943 9710.]


Notices when no newspaper in county.
Notices required in port districts in which no newspaper is published may be given by publication in any newspaper of general circulation in the county.

[1921 c 39 3; RRS 9704.]


Studies, investigations, surveys Promotion of facilities.
All port districts organized under the provisions of this act shall be, and they are hereby, authorized and empowered to initiate and carry on the necessary studies, investigations and surveys required for the proper development, improvement and utilization of all port properties, utilities and facilities, and for industrial development within the district when such agricultural and industrial development is carried out by a public agency, institution, or body for a public purpose, and to assemble and analyze the data thus obtained and to cooperate with the state of Washington, other port districts and other operators of terminal and transportation facilities for these purposes, and to make such expenditures as are necessary for said purposes, and for the proper promotion, advertising, improvement and development of such port properties, utilities and facilities: PROVIDED HOWEVER, That nothing in this section shall authorize a port district to develop its properties as an agricultural or dairy farm.

[1973 1st ex.s. c 55 1; 1947 c 24 2; Rem. Supp. 1947 9692A.]


Employment Wages Benefits Agents Insurance for port district commissioners.
The port commission shall have authority to create and fill positions, to fix wages, salaries and bonds thereof, to pay costs and assessments involved in securing or arranging to secure employees, and to establish such benefits for employees, including holiday pay, vacations or vacation pay, retirement and pension benefits, medical, surgical or hospital care, life, accident, or health disability insurance, and similar benefits, already established by other employers of similar employees, as the port commissioner shall by resolution provide: PROVIDED, That any district providing insurance benefits for its employees in any manner whatsoever may provide health and accident insurance, life insurance with coverage not to exceed that provided district employees, and business related travel, liability, and errors and omissions insurance, for its commissioners, which insurance shall not be considered to be compensation.

Subject to chapter 48.62 RCW, the port commission shall have authority to provide or pay such benefits directly, or to provide for such benefits by the purchase of insurance policies or entering into contracts with and compensating any person, firm, agency or organization furnishing such benefits, or by making contributions to vacation plans or funds, or health and welfare plans and funds, or pension plans or funds, or similar plans or funds, already established by other employers of similar employees and in which the port district is permitted to participate for particular classifications of its employees by the trustees or other persons responsible for the administration of such established plans or funds: PROVIDED FURTHER, That no port district employee shall be allowed to apply for admission to or be accepted as a member of the state employees' retirement system after January 1, 1965, if admission to such system would result in coverage under both a private pension system and the state employees' retirement system, it being the purpose of this proviso that port districts shall not at the same time contribute for any employee to both a private pension or retirement plan and to the state employees' retirement system. The port commission shall have authority by resolution to utilize and compensate agents for the purpose of paying, in the name and by the check of such agent or agents or otherwise, wages, salaries and other benefits to employees, or particular classifications thereof, and for the purpose of withholding payroll taxes and paying over tax moneys so withheld to appropriate government agencies, on a combined basis with the wages, salaries, benefits, or taxes of other employers or otherwise; to enter into such contracts and arrangements with and to transfer by warrant such funds from time to time to any such agent or agents so appointed as are necessary to accomplish such salary, wage, benefit, or tax payments as though the port district were a private employer, notwithstanding any other provision of the law to the contrary. The funds of a port district transferred to such an agent or agents for the payment of wages or salaries of its employees in the name or by the check of such agent or agents shall be subject to garnishment with respect to salaries or wages so paid, notwithstanding any provision of the law relating to municipal corporations to the contrary.

Notwithstanding any provision in this section, the governing body of a port district may enter into an agreement in writing with one or more of its officers or employees or a group of such officers and employees, authorizing deductions from the officer's or employee's salary or wages of the amount of any premium specified in writing by the officer or employee, for contribution to any private pension plan, without loss of eligibility for membership in the state employees' retirement system, and may agree to remit that amount to the management of such private pension plan. However, no port district funds shall be contributed or paid to such private plan. When such authorized deductions are certified by the port commission to the port district's auditor, the auditor shall draw and issue a proper warrant or warrants, or check or checks if that method of payment is authorized by statute, directly to and in favor of the person, firm, corporation, or organization named in the authorization, for the total amount authorized to be deducted from the payroll, together with a list identifying the officers and employees for whom the payment is made.

Nothing in this section may be invoked to invalidate any private pension plan or any public or private contributions or payments thereto, or exclude members of any such private pension plan from membership in the state employees' retirement system, if such private plan was in operation on December 31, 2001.

[2002 c 362 1; 1991 sp.s. c 30 22; 1987 c 50 1; 1985 c 81 1; 1973 1st ex.s. c 6 1; 1965 c 20 1; 1955 c 64 1.]

Notes: Effective date, implementation, application -- Severability -- 1991 sp.s. c 30: See RCW 48.62.900 and 48.62.901.

Garnishment: Chapter 6.27 RCW.

Hospitalization and medical insurance authorized: RCW 41.04.180.

Hospitalization and medical insurance not deemed additional compensation: RCW 41.04.190.

Payroll deductions: RCW 41.04.020.

Prevailing wages on public works: Chapter 39.12 RCW.


Employment relations Collective bargaining and arbitration.
See chapter 53.18 RCW.


Commissioners, officers, and employees Reimbursement of expenses.
Employees, officers, and commissioners of port districts shall, when engaged in official business of the port district, be entitled to receive their necessary and reasonable travel and other business expenses incurred on behalf of the port district. Reimbursement of such expenses may be granted, whether incurred within or without the port district, when submitted on a voucher with appropriate evidence of payment by such employee or official.

[1965 c 101 1.]

Notes: Section headings -- 1965 c 101: "Section headings as used in this act do not constitute any part of the law." [1965 c 101 3.]


Commissioners, officers, and employees Regulation of expenses.
Each port district shall adopt a resolution (which may be amended from time to time) which shall establish the basic rules and regulations governing methods and amount of reimbursement payable to such port officials and employees for travel and other business expenses incurred on behalf of the district. The resolution shall, among other things, establish procedures for approving such expenses; set forth the method of authorizing the direct purchase of transportation; the form of the voucher; and requirements governing the use of credit cards issued in the name of the port district. Such regulations may provide for payment of per diem in lieu of actual expenses when travel requires overnight lodging: PROVIDED, That in all cases any per diem payment shall not exceed twenty-five dollars per day. The state auditor shall, as provided by general law, cooperate with the port district in establishing adequate procedures for regulating and auditing the reimbursement of all such expenses.

[1965 c 101 2.]

Notes: Section headings -- 1965 c 101: See note following RCW 53.08.175.


Federal old age and survivors' insurance for employees.
As used in RCW 53.08.180 through 53.08.200, the term "employees" shall be as defined in RCW 41.48.020 and no distinction shall be made for the purposes of coverage under the social security act, between persons employed by a port district on a casual or temporary basis, or on a regular or steady basis, or between persons paid hourly wages and persons paid wages on a weekly, monthly, or other periodic basis. It being the intent of RCW 53.08.180 through 53.08.200 that all employees shall be entitled to the coverage of the federal social security act for work performed in the service of a port district, which is not covered by the state employees' retirement system.

[1955 c 219 1.]

Notes:Public employees' retirement system: Chapter 41.40 RCW.


Federal old age and survivors' insurance for employees Plan for extension of benefits.
Each port district, which has not previously done so, shall within thirty days of June 8, 1955, submit for approval by the governor a plan for extending the benefits of Title II of the federal social security act, as amended, in conformity with applicable provisions of said act as set forth in chapter 41.48 RCW, to employees of such port district who are employed in positions not covered by the employees' retirement system of the state of Washington. The plan required to be submitted by this section shall be as set forth in RCW 41.48.050 and shall be in conformance therewith.

[1955 c 219 2.]


Federal old age and survivors' insurance for employees Contributions.
All port districts are authorized to make contributions on employees' wages, and to impose upon their employees contributions with respect to their wages in accordance with RCW 41.48.030 through 41.48.050.

[1955 c 219 3.]


Liability insurance for officials and employees.
The board of commissioners of each port district may purchase liability insurance with such limits as they may deem reasonable for the purpose of protecting their officials and employees against liability for personal or bodily injuries and property damage arising from their acts or omissions while performing or in good faith purporting to perform their official duties.

[1973 c 125 4.]


Liability insurance for officers and employees authorized.
See RCW 36.16.138.


Actions against officer, employee, or agent Defense and costs provided by port district Exception.
Whenever any action, claim or proceeding is instituted against any person who is or was an officer, employee, or agent of a port district established under this title arising out of the performance or failure of performance of duties for, or employment with any such district, the commission of the district may grant a request by such person that the attorney of the district's choosing be authorized to defend said claim, suit or proceeding, and the costs of defense, attorney's fees, and any obligation for payment arising from such action may be paid from the district's funds: PROVIDED, That costs of defense and/or judgment or settlement against such person shall not be paid in any case where the court has found that such person was not acting in good faith or within the scope of his employment with or duties for the district.

[1975 c 60 1.]


See RCW 53.12.246.


Regulations authorized Adoption as part of ordinance or resolution of city or county, procedure Enforcement Penalty for violation.
(1) A port district may formulate all needful regulations for the use by tenants, agents, servants, licensees, invitees, suppliers, passengers, customers, shippers, business visitors, and members of the general public of any properties or facilities owned or operated by it, and request the adoption, amendment, or repeal of such regulations as part of the ordinances of the city or town in which such properties or facilities are situated, or as part of the resolutions of the county, if such properties or facilities be situated outside any city or town. The port commission shall make such request by resolution after holding a public hearing on the proposed regulations, of which at least ten days' notice shall be published in a legal newspaper of general circulation in the port district. Such regulations must conform to and be consistent with federal and state law. As to properties or facilities situated within a city or town, such regulations must conform to and be consistent with the ordinances of the city or town. As to properties or facilities situated outside any city or town, such regulations must conform to and be consistent with county resolutions. Upon receiving such request, the governing body of the city, town, or county, as the case may be, may adopt such regulations as part of its ordinances or resolutions, or amend or repeal such regulations in accordance with the terms of the request.

(2)(a) Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, any violation of the regulations described in subsection (1) of this section is a misdemeanor which shall be redressed in the same manner as other police regulations of the city, town, or county, and it shall be the duty of all law enforcement officers to enforce such regulations accordingly.

(b) Except as provided in (c) of this subsection, violation of such a regulation relating to traffic including parking, standing, stopping, and pedestrian offenses is a traffic infraction.

(c) Violation of such a regulation equivalent to those provisions of Title 46 RCW set forth in RCW 46.63.020 remains a misdemeanor.

[2003 c 53 286; 1979 ex.s. c 136 103; 1961 c 38 1.]

Notes: Intent -- Effective date -- 2003 c 53: See notes following RCW 2.48.180.

Effective date -- Severability -- 1979 ex.s. c 136: See notes following RCW 46.63.010.


Making motor vehicle and other police regulations applicable to district property Filing plat with county auditor Duty of law enforcement officers. (continued)