Bulletin: WA000007

Date:
December 04, 1989
To:
All Washington Agents
RE:
Irrigation Districts

Dear Associates:

The Washington Supreme Court has ruled that housing authorities are not exempt from irrigation district assessments. Housing Authority v. Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District, 112 Wash 2d 262, 772 P.2d 473 (1989).

RCW 35.82.210 exempts housing authorities from assessments. However, RCW 87.03.649-.695 sets forth a procedure for excluding property from an irrigation district. Under the procedures, a petition for exclusion must be submitted to the district and a hearing held. The exclusion must be approved by bondholders and may be submitted for vote to the district's property owners.

The supreme court concluded that the exclusion statutes controlled the general exemption statute. Housing authorities are subject to irrigation district assessments unless their land has been excluded from the district.

THIS BULLETIN IS FURNISHED TO INFORM YOU OF CURRENT DEVELOPMENTS. AS A REMINDER, YOU ARE CHARGED WITH KNOWLEDGE OF THE CONTENT ON VIRTUAL UNDERWRITER  AS IT EXISTS FROM TIME TO TIME AS IT APPLIES TO YOU, AS WELL AS ANY OTHER INSTRUCTIONS. OUR UNDERWRITING AGREEMENTS DO NOT AUTHORIZE OUR ISSUING AGENTS TO ENGAGE IN SETTLEMENTS OR CLOSINGS ON BEHALF OF STEWART TITLE GUARANTY COMPANY. THIS BULLETIN IS NOT INTENDED TO DIRECT YOUR ESCROW OR SETTLEMENT PRACTICES OR TO CHANGE PROVISIONS OF APPLICABLE UNDERWRITING AGREEMENTS. CONFIDENTIAL, PROPRIETARY, OR NONPUBLIC PERSONAL INFORMATION SHOULD NEVER BE SHARED OR DISSEMINATED EXCEPT AS ALLOWED BY LAW. IF APPLICABLE STATE LAW OR REGULATION IMPOSES ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS, YOU SHOULD CONTINUE TO COMPLY WITH THOSE REQUIREMENTS.

References

Bulletins Replaced:
None
Related Bulletins:
None
Underwriting Manual:
19.04 Taxes And Assessments
Exceptions Manual:
None
Forms:
None