In an effort to clarify the law concerning the County’s ability to use a ferry taxing district to finance a new car ferry, Betsy Schneider has pursued this question. It will be interesting to see what the county’s legal staff has to say. (See our previous post on this issue: Ferry Taxing Districts Okay for Car Ferries Too)
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From: Michael/Betsy Schneider
Date: Fri, Jan 14, 2011 at 8:52 PM
Subject: ferry taxing district
Hi Colleen & Wynne,
Here’s a copy of a reply I sent to Frank Abart, the Council members and some other County folks about the county ferry taxing district. I think the header on the Forum about this subject might better read “County Says Ferry Taxing District OK for car ferries too.”
Also, in 2007 the Legislature added the statute that is now RCW 36.54.135 regarding a county ferry district’s bonding authority. That law specifically limits the bonding authority to financing “passenger only” ferries.
While it was making these changes, the Legislature did not make any changes to RCW 36.54.120 which has, since 2003, limited a county ferry district’s powers to dealing with “passenger only” ferries.
I have attached a copy of the most relevant sections of the statutes currently in effect, which clearly retain the “passenger only” ferry restriction in several relevant sections.