What is a Special District vs a Lake Management District?

Lake Management District:

  • LMD is a specific form of a special service district that funds lake management activities
  • Initiated by petition of property owners which defines boundary, work program, budget, rates and duration
  • LMD’s are a defined period of time (no more than 10 years)
  • $5,000+ required by County to start petition to cover procedural costs
  • LMD’s typically take 6-9 months to form
  • County Commissioners review petition to determine it meets the RCW requirements (it is in public interest, concerns on impact to fish and wildlife, feasibility, etc)
  • Public Hearings on the proposed LMD
  • If approved by County then a vote by property owners within LMD boundaries is held.
  • Property owners are granted 1 vote for each dollar assessed
  • Rates are determined during petition and after LMD is approved no changes can be made during the duration of the LMD
  • Special assessments are allowed but must be approved by the County
  • Fees for LMD are collected by county on the property tax bill
  • LMD’s operate under the Thurston County Board of Commissioners

Special District:

    • Special form of government that provides diking, drainage, flood control and engages in lake or river restoration, etc.
    • Lifetime of Special District is indefinite
    • Initiated by petition of property owners to define projects and boundaries
    • Petitioners do not define budget, assessments and duration of special district
    • Each property owner gets no more than 2 votes
    • $5,000 required by County to start petition to cover procedural costs
    • County engineer has ninety days to report to the County Commissioners on proposed boundaries and feasibility of the project
    • County Commissioners review petition to determine it meets the RCW requirements (it is in public interest, concerns on impact to fish and wildlife, feasibility, etc)
    • After the resolution is approved, the property owners vote on the district at the next scheduled special election
    • After district is formed, the Thurston County Board of Commissioners appoint the intial governing board of three.
    • The district governing board will manage the affairs of the district
    • The district is held to all laws that govern government agencies
    • Fees for Special District are collected by county on the property tax bill

 

Table 1: Comparison of the Advantages and Disadvantages of LMD and Special District


Where is the intial findings of the Summit Lake Water Quality Committee from 2017?

All of the original work is on the website www.summitlakecommunity.org.


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